• Dortmund have collected 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five meetings with Leverkusen, with their most recent meetings producing three wins in a row for BVB. Incidentally, Dortmund have never won four successive top-flight games against Bayer 04.
  • Leverkusen are currently the best second-placed side in Bundesliga history with 34 points from 14 games. The only time Bayer 04 have had more points at this stage was in 2001/02 (36), when they finished as runners-up in three different competitions.
  • Bayer 04 have failed to win in their last seven away games that have been played on Saturday evening (D3, L4). Their last away win at Saturday tea-time was a 1-0 victory against Schalke in October 2010.
  • Leverkusen have scored the most first-half goals (17). Dortmund have scored the most after the break (23).
  • Leverkusen have scored the most goals from counterattacks (6) ahead of Dortmund (4).
  • The two top scorers in the Bundesliga, Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski (11 goals) and Leverkusen’s Stefan Kießling (9 goals), will meet in this fixture. Kießling (25 goals) just pipped Lewandowski (24 goals) to the golden boot last season.
  • Robert Lewandowski is top of the point-scorer (goals + assists) list with 14 scorer-points – his teammate Marco Reus is in second together with Leverkusen’s Stefan Kießling and Sidney Sam (12 scorer-points each).
  • After making his return to Mainz last week, Manuel Friedrich faces another former club in Bayer Leverkusen. He made 147 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer 04 between 2007 and 2013. He is set to play his 250th in Germany’s top flight.
  • Leverkusen’s Lars Bender is without a win in five Bundesliga games against his twin brother at Dortmund, Sven (D2, L3).
  • Sami Hyypiä won the UEFA Cup with Liverpool in Dortmund on May 16th 2001. The Premier League outfit beat Deportivo Alaves 5-4 in the Westfalenstadion after a golden goal.