#BMGB04 - Countdown to kickoff

Bayer 04 are away to fifth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach on Bundesliga matchday nine on Saturday afternoon (21 October, 15.30 CET). After the match at FC Schalke, the Werkself face another rival from North Rhine Westphalia. The second match in the state at the city some 70 kilometres away on the other side of the Rhine is the second shortest away trip of the season. Read on for the latest pre-match stats and facts.

Competition for the foals

Our next opponents are often referred to as the Foals. Gladbach earned the nickname during the glory years in the 1970s because of the young average age of their team. It is no secret that Bayer 04  also place great emphasis on youth. In last weekend's 2-2 draw with VFL Wolfsburg the average age of the starting eleven was just 23 years and 339 days – RB Leipzig are the only team to have had a younger line-up this season. And: The average age was further reduced during the game with the introduction of Kai Havertz (18) and Joel Pohjanpalo (23) from the subs bench.

Draws galore

Bayer 04 are five points behind the rivals from the Rhine. That makes Borussia the favourites on Saturday. The record between the two clubs reveals Bayer 04 are on top: In the previous 70 meetings in Germany's top-flight the Werkself have won 25 times and the Foals 19. The most common outcome (26 times) in this fixture is the two sides sharing the points. The Werkself have only recorded more draws with Werder Bremen (29).

Longest run

The Werkself have scored in all of the last 13 Bundesliga matches. That's the longest run of goals for any current Bundesliga team. Extending this run of goals would undoubtedly increase the chances of getting a result on the Lower Rhine following on from the draw at Schalke. Bayer 04 clocked up more games in succession with goals scored between February and September 2016 (15 matches).

Great goals record

The Werkself have shown in recent games that they can play football –  Heiko Herrlich's team  have celebrated scoring 15 times in the Bundesliga this season. Only Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern have netted more often this term. The Werkself stand a good chance of extending that total in Mönchengladbach. Bayer 04 have scored at least one goal in 23 of the last 24 Bundesliga fixtures against Borussia with the last blank coming in a 3-0 away defeat in May 2015. Moreover: With a total of 130 goals,  the Werkself have not scored more often in the Bundesliga than against Gladbach.

Baumgartlinger on verge of milestone

In the 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg, Julian Baumgartlinger came on in place of Bayer 04 captain Lars Bender on 70 minutes and now he is on the verge of making his 150th Bundesliga appearance. Since signing in the summer of last year, the 29-year-old  has played 25 games for the Werkself. Most of his appearances (124) came during his time at Mainz 05.

Herrlich faces former club

Midfielder Christoph Kramer and the currently injured striker Josip Drmic are two players in the Gladbach squad who used to play for the Werkself. Heiko Herrlich also spent time at our next opponents. The current head coach at Bayer 04 moved from Leverkusen to Mönchengladbach in 1993 and in the 1994/95 season  he was the league's highest scorer (along with  Mario Basler) with 20 goals to his credit and he later went on to win the DFB Cup. The striker played for Borussia for two years scoring 28 goals in 55 Bundesliga appearances. As a coach, Herrlich meets up with his former club for a second time: The first meeting was in January 2010  with VfL Bochum in a Bundesliga fixture at Gladbach that ended in a 2-1  victory for his team. It would be good if the next win comes on Saturday - It would be the first victory on the road for Bayer 04 this season.


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