Saturday’s game between the two sides will be the 125th Rheinderby. FC have faced no opponent on a more regular basis than Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Sebastian Andersson will be hoping to pick up where he left off against Hoffenheim, having opened his account as an FC player. The Swede now faces his favourite opponent when it comes to the Bundesliga – Andersson scored twice against Gladbach last season.
Last season, FC began the campaign with two defeats. If things are to repeat themselves, FC secured a 2:1 win against SC Freiburg to get the first points on the board.
FC have won the most aerial duels in the Bundesliga this season. The 57 aerial duels won is six more than the second-placed team, Arminia Bielefeld.
Even when Gladbach have the upper hand when it comes to the overall record between the two sides, the previous 10 games have been evenly matched. The Foals have come out on top five times, though FC have managed to win four – the last of which came in 2017-18, thanks to Simon Terodde’s header.
Despite the nature of the match, there have been very few red cards in games involving the two sides. There have been just four in the 90 Bundesliga meetings between the teams, none of which have come in Köln. However, all four have been against FC players. The last red card was 14 years ago, as Roland Benschneider saw red for a tackle on Thomas Broich in February 2006.
Gladbach have started the season without picking up a win in their first two games – they never went on a longer run without three points under Rose last season. A loss against FC would also make it the first time in five years that they have lost both away games at the beginning of the campaign.
The Foals have a traditionally strong record against FC. They have won more games (50) and scored more goals (177) against FC than any other team.
Gladbach’s centre-backs are a building block for their success, especially when it comes to on the ball. Nico Elvedi has 97% pass completion this season, while Matthias Ginter averages 100 ball actions per game.
Borussia Mönchengladbach have never lost in a game in which Oscar Wendt has scored. The Swedish left-back has scored in 15 games, with Gladbach winning 14. Only once has one of those matches ended in a draw.