Bundesliga table-toppers Borussia Dortmund, who won each of the first four games by at least two goals, will host Westfalen rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the matchday's highlight game this Sunday evening.
Season so far
Thomas Tuchel has made a sensational start with his new team, winning all of the first ten competitive fixtures. That's why BVB sit at the top of the table together with last year's champions, Bayern München, in the Bundesliga. They also lead their group in the Europa League, where the team beat Russian Premier League side FC Krasnodar 2-1 with a last-gasp goal by Joo-Ho Park in stoppage time at Signal Iduna Park.
After a mixed start to the Bundesliga campaign, having respectively won and lost two of the first four games, Bayer 04 Leverkusen claimed victory in their first outing in the Champions League against Belarusian side, BATE Borisov, four goals to one. After Admir Mehmedi's opener in the eighth minute was canceled out by Nemanja Milunović only a few minutes later, Hakan Calhanoglu scored a brace and summer signing Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez secured the 4-1 home win, propelling them to the top of their group.
The game should be a great spectacle for the fans, and usually delivers on the entertainment front. Excluding the nil-nil draw to start off last season's Hinrunde, which was an exciting tussle itself, the last five clashes between the two German giants have provided 15 goals. That stalemate was a real rarity when it comes to these sides facing off, as there have been just three since 1979.
Borussia Dortmund will be without defender Erik Durm, who is suffering with some long-term knee problems but he has now had surgery in order to amend the injury. Furthermore, Nuri Sahin, who is still training lightly after his injury, is not available for the important game after a similar operation to his team-mate.
Bayer Leverkusen have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the short trip across Westfalen, with captain Lars Bender likely to sit out the game. He seems set to miss the clash after an injury he picked in the mid-week win over BATE. If he can take part, Lars Bender seems set to replace former-Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Kampl in a more defensive switch. Furthermore, Tin Jedvaj, Omer Toprak and Charles Aranguiz are sidelined.
Borussia Dortmund: (4-1-4-1) Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan, Kagawa - Hofmann, Mkhitaryan - Aubameyang.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen: (4-4-2) Leno - Hilbert, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell - Kampl, Kramer - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu - Hernandez, Kießling.