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First top two clash in 40 years

For the fourth time in Bundesliga history Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Bayern meet on Sunday as the division’s top two. It last happened in May 1974, more than 40 years ago! The bad news from a Bayern point of view is that none of the games so far, all of which took place in Mönchengladbach, ended in an FCB win (one draw, two defeats).

Last two clashes to FCB

Germany’s biggest club have done well on recent visits to the Lower Rhine. FCB won the last two meetings in Mönchengladbach by 2-0 and 4-3 scorelines. However, the Reds’ overall record away to Borussia includes a fair share of defeats – 18 in all, just one short of the 19 defeats suffered by FCB away to Bremen.

Top defences, keepers and strikers

FC Bayern have the best defence in the league at present with only two goals conceded. The second-best is Borussia Mönchengladbach’s with four goals against. The opposing keepers are also the best in the league: Manuel Neuer has saved 86.7 of the shots at his goal, with only Gladbach’s Yann Sommer on a slightly better 88.6 percent. The teams also boast the top two in the goalscoring charts with Mario Götze on six and Max Kruse on five.

Zwayer in charge

Felix Zwayer will referee Sunday’s big game. The 33-year-old real estate consultant most recently took charge of a match involving Bayern last August in the 2-1 opening day victory over VfL Wolfsburg. Zwayer’s assistants are Florian Steuer and Harm Osmers, with Bibiana Steinhaus as the fourth official.