• Augsburg have only won one of their seven competitive matches against Gladbach (D3 L3) – a 1-0 home victory in their first Bundesliga meeting with them in December 2011.
  • FCA need just three points to match their highest ever points tally in the Bundesliga and they could do it as early as matchday 24 (current record stands at 38 points, set in 2011/12).
  • Gladbach, despite being in the hunt for Champions League football going into the winter break (3rd place), the second-best home team in the league are 16th in the table representing the second half of the season.
  • Along with Stuttgart, Gladbach are the only other Bundesliga side yet to win in the second half of the season – both Augsburg and Stuttgart have conceded at least one goal in each of their games in 2014 (along with Hannover and Stuttgart).
  • Gladbach haven’t won in their last eight games (D5 L3), a first under Lucien Favre. Augsburg have only lost one of their last 11 Bundesliga matches (W6 D4).
  • In Lucien Favre (56) and Markus Weinzierl (39), the Bundesliga’s oldest and youngest managers meet in this encounter.
  • Gladbach’s defensive midfielders Granit Xhaka and Christoph Kramer are both suspended. Xhaka has had the second-most touches of the ball in the league and is the only player to have collected 10 yellow cards. This is Kramer’s first suspension in his debut Bundesliga season.
  • Raffael has scored six of Gladbach’s last 12 goals and is set for his 150th Bundesliga appearance. His strike partner Max Kruse hasn’t been involved in a goal in 2014 and has scored only once in his last 12 Bundesliga games.
  • Andre Hahn has been called up to the Germany team for the first time. The last Augsburg player to feature for Germany was Helmut Haller in the 1960s.
  • Apart from 2005/06 (20 goals for Kaiserslautern), this is Halil Altintop’s most successful Bundesliga season (seven goals). Gladbach and Wolfsburg are the only sides he has scored six top-flight goals against.