The Bundesliga is back! After a 34-day winter break, Borussia Dortmund will recommence their campaign at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening. Historically, BVB have the marginally better record (30 wins, 29 defeats) but have scored one goal fewer than VfL. Here are the match facts.
Facts on the fixture
Gladbach have squandered a 1-0 lead against BVB on 21 occasions, losing in eight matches and sharing the spoils in the other 13. That is a Bundesliga record.
BVB have only beaten Frankfurt more often than that from a losing position (nine).
There have been goals in the last 37 clashes between the sides. The last 0-0 came at the Bökelberg on 17 April 1994.
The last BVB away victory came on 3 October 2009 - 1-0 thanks to a Lucas Barrios goal. BVB have not scored more than once against VfL in each of their last nine visits to Mönchengladbach.
Facts on VfL Borussia
Mönchengladbach have only lost one of their 12 league games under Andre Schubert (5-0 in Leverkusen on 12/12/2015).
VfL have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last nine matches (0-0 against Ingolstadt on 7/11/2015).
Only two teams have scored more than Mönchengladbach, who have scored considerably more goals (34) than at the same point last season (25).
However, only two clubs have conceded more often. Mönchengladbach have already let in more goals (30) than they did in the whole of last season (26).
Gladbach have won their last three home games and are unbeaten in their own back yard in their last seven. The last time was a 3-0 loss to Hamburg on 11/9/2015.
How important is the first goal?
Mönchengladbach have not lost any of their last nine matches in which they opened the scoring to make it 1-0. Their last defeat after taking the lead came on 23/5/2015, when they were beaten 3-1 by Augsburg.
Dortmund have come back from behind to take points in four matches - more than any team in the league!
Facts on Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have the highest goals tally in the division (47) - well over double the amount they had scored by the same point last season (18).
BVB have scored at least three goals in ten of their matches - no other team in the league has managed this!
In a run stretching back into last season, the Black and Yellows have scored at least one goal in each of their last 24 games.
Only Bayern Munich have won away more often (six times) than Borussia Dortmund (five). BVB have already racked up more away victories this season than in the whole of last season (four).