Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s away match against 1. FC Köln (15:30 CEST).
- Köln’s RheinEnergieStadion (capacity: 50,000) is sold-out, with nearly 6,000 Borussia fans making the trip to the match.
- This will be the 100th competitive fixture between Köln and Borussia since the founding of the Bundesliga in 1963. The two sides have faced each other in 88 Bundesliga matches, three DFB-Pokal ties, four second-division games and four UEFA Cup meetings.
- 1. FC Köln have not lost against any other Bundesliga side as often as they have against the Foals (48 losses in 88 matches).
- Borussia have won more matches against 1. FC Köln (48) and scored more goals against them (174) than against any other Bundesliga side.
- Gladbach have scored three of their four goals so far this season from set pieces. Last season, three of the first four goals the Foals scored were also all the result of a set piece situation.
- Breel Embolo's goal against Leipzig was his second of the season. It was the first time that the Swiss international scored in two consecutive matches – a feat he was unable to accomplish in three seasons with Schalke 04.
- Gladbach have won six of their nine away matches in 2019 (otherwise D1, L2). Only Leipzig (9) and Leverkusen (7) have won more away matches this year. The Foals have also picked up five clean sheets – a league high together with Leipzig.
- Köln’s Anthony Modeste scored his 60th goal in his 126th Bundesliga appearance (41 goals for Köln, 19 for Hoffenheim). It was his first goal for Köln in the top flight since netting a brace in a 4-3 home win for the Billy Goats against Werder Bremen on 5th May 2017.
- Köln have scored at least one goal in each of their last 30 competitive fixtures at home – they last had a similar streak between April 1999 and December 2000.
- Deniz Aytekin will take charge of Saturday’s game. The 41-year-old economist has been calling top-flight games since 2008, and has refereed 163 matches in total.
- Out of 24 Gladbach games refereed by Aytekin, the Foals have won 11, with five draws and eight losses.
- The linesmen for the game will be Christian Dietz and Eduard Beitinger. Matthias Jöllenbeck will be the fourth official, while the video assistant referees will be Robert Hartmann and Michael Emmer.