Borussia Dortmund have won each of their last ten Bundesliga meetings with Borussia Mönchengladbach, both at home and away, with a win in the DFB Cup to boot. The Black & Yellows scored 30 times in these 11 encounters for an average of approximately three goals per game. Here is an overview of the match facts.
The scenario: Last year's runners-up versus the team that finished fourth. The Black & Yellows have notched up a run of 11 consecutive wins over the other Borussia. In their last 14 Bundesliga home matches against the club from the Lower Rhine, BVB have picked up 40 of a possible 42 points. Both sides got the new season off to a perfect start in the DFB Cup last weekend: BVB ran out 5-0 winners away to 3. Liga outfit Duisburg 5-0, while Gladbach stormed to an 8-0 away win over fourth-tier club FC Oberneuland.
Home/away: BVB's first home defeat of last season came in Matchday 28. A total of 36 points from 17 home matches (11 wins, three draws, three defeats) meant the Black & Yellows finished the season with the third best home record in the league. Gladbach, meanwhile, gained 27 of their 65 points away from home (the seventh best away record in the league).
Personnel matters: Morey, Schulz (both lacking match fitness), Zagadou (knee injury), Schmelzer (rehabilitation after knee surgery) and Raschl (ligament injury) are out of action for Dortmund. Zakaria (lacking match fitness), Benes (ankle ligament injury), Embolo (ankle joint injury), Lazaro (torn calf muscle), Poulsen (shoulder operation) and Villalba (muscular problems) are sidelined for Gladbach.
Head-to-head: BVB have come out on top in each of the ten meetings between the two sides since the start of the 2015/16 season - the club's longest run of wins against a single opponent. 13 of the last 14 home matches against the Lower-Rhine-based side have ended in a Black & Yellow victory. Dortmund have managed to pick up points after going 1-0 down against Gladbach on 22 separate occasions - a club record in the Bundesliga.
Statistics: Borussia Dortmund were the most efficient side in the Bundesliga last season, needing just an average of 5.3 shots for each goal scored. Only three other teams conceded fewer goals, while only Bayern Munich prevented their opponents from having fewer shots on goal (313) than BVB (351). As for Mönchengladbach, only three teams scored more goals (66) than the side led by Marco Rose, namely Leipzig (81), Dortmund (84) and Bayern (100). Only Bayern gave away fewer big chances than Mönchengladbach (35).
Biggest win: BVB triumphed 5-0 back in September 2012 with goals from Marco Reus, Neven Subotic, Ilkay Gündogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Attendance: SIGNAL IDUNA PARK is open to fans for the first time in 203 days. Around 10,000 are allowed to attend.
Compiled by Boris Rupert