On average, there was a goal every 16 minutes in matches between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen last season. Six came in BVB's 4-2 away win at the BayArena in September, followed by another five as the Black & Yellows claimed a 3-2 home victory in February. Here, we've compiled everything you need to know about Saturday's meeting at Signal Iduna Park (15:30 CET) in the usual compact format.
The scenario: Fifth-placed BVB will be looking to return to winning ways following their defeat to Union, while Bayer will be aiming to continue a solid start which saw them take seven points from their first three games. Their tally of 49 goals scored in 20 Bundesliga matches in 2019 is surpassed only by Bayern. The Werkself have scored six goals this term, while BVB have nine.
Home/away: Borussia Dortmund have won six of their last seven Bundesliga home games and have only lost one of their last 18 matches in front of their own supporters. They have scored at least one goal on 26 successive occasions and netted at least two in each of their last 18 home games. Meanwhile, opponents Bayer Leverkusen have won each of their last four Bundesliga away games – the club's longest such run since November 2010. They last tasted defeat on the road on 29 March 2019, when they were beaten 4-1 in Hoffenheim.
Personnel matters: Lucien Favre will issue an update on the personnel situation at the pre-match press conference at 14:00 CET on Thursday (live on BVB TV).
Head-to-head record: BVB have taken 13 out of a possible 15 points from their last five meetings, scoring 18 goals in the process. At home, they have won the last four clashes and scored at least three goals in each (combined goal difference: 16-4). Leverkusen have only played more games (80) and suffered more defeats (47) against Bayern Munich than they have against BVB (31 defeats in 80 games). Dortmund have never lost at home to Leverkusen after scoring the first goal.
Statistics: BVB have lost only one of their last six Bundesliga matches in a run that started last season. Bayer, meanwhile, have won three of their last four matches and are unbeaten since losing 4-2 to Leipzig on 6 April – some nine rounds ago. The Werkself have only failed to find the net in one of their last 19 matches.
Biggest home win: On 4 March 2017, BVB claimed a 6-2 victory thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembélé (6), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (26, 70), Christian Pulisic (77), André Schürrle (penalty, 85) and Raphael Guerreiro (90+2). Kevin Volland and Wendell got the goals for Bayer.
Referee: The DFB are expected to announce the appointment late on Thursday afternoon.
Attendance: Signal Iduna Park will be sold-out with 81,365 spectators set to attend. Leverkusen will be accompanied by a travelling contingent of 4,500 fans.
Compiled by Boris Rupert