- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Andre Schubert took over Borussia Moenchengladbach after five defeats at the start of the season had been enough for coach Lucien Favre.

Favre walked out of the club, disappointed and demoralized after guiding Moenchengladbach to the Champions League the previous season. Schubert, coach of the club’s reserve side, was promoted and since then the team has not lost in nine Bundesliga matches, moving to fourth in the standings.

Moenchengladbach is 17 points behind Bayern heading into the game on Saturday but it is on the same number of points as it was after 14 matches last season despite the poor start.

Under Schubert’s nine-match reign, Moenchengladbach has earned 23 points. Only Pep Guardiola’s Bayern has taken more in the same period - 25.

Last season, Moenchengladbach won one and drew one with Bayern, and was the only team not to concede a goal against the Bundesliga champions.

Since 2011, Moenchengladbach has an even win-loss record against Bayern.

Guardiola’s team is shattering records as it steamrolls through the season, with only one draw and 13 wins and an eight-point lead over Borussia Dortmund.

Guardiola is the only coach to have a better record than Schubert at the start of a Bundesliga career - he went undefeated in his first 28 matches.

If Bayern wins the remaining three matches before the Christmas break, the defending champion will have had the best first half of the season of all time.

In another top match, Wolfsburg hosts Dortmund hoping to cut the gap to second place. Dortmund currently has seven points more than Wolfsburg.

Here are some things to know about the Bundesliga’s 15th round.

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MUELLER’S TARGET

With 13 goals, Thomas Mueller has been in outstanding form and is close to extending his contract with Bayer. “A lot speaks for it and very little against it,” Mueller said of the expected new deal that is likely to keep him at Bayern through 2021.

Mueller says Bayern’s target is to win an unprecedented four straight titles and to remain unbeaten for the entire season.

“That would be real cool,” Mueller told Kicker magazine.

Mueller expects another tough match against Moenchengladbach. “Over the past few years, ‘Gladbach was always a difficult rival. We kept losing points against them,” he said.

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NOT ONLY DEFENSE

Moenchengladbach’s forward Raffael promises that his team will not be “parking the bus” to stop the Bavarian attack, which has scored 42 goals.

“We can’t play that defensively, we don’t know how to do it. We are going to play with courage and go forward,” Raffael said. “You have to keep them busy, otherwise you are going to go under very quickly.”

Last season, Raffael scored both goals as Moenchengladbach beat Bayern 2-0 in Munich. The Brazilian said his team is playing a little differently now than under Favre.

“We are a little more aggressive, we attack a little more and do not only wait to see what the opponent is doing,” Raffael said.

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HECKING’S CENTURY

Dieter Hecking will be celebrating his 100th Bundesliga match in charge of Wolfsburg when his team hosts Dortmund. With 50 wins in the previous 99 matches since December 2012, he already holds the best record for club coaches since Wolfsburg’s promotion in 1997. Wolfsburg won the German Cup last season and finished second in the Bundesliga, beating Bayern 4-1 in what the coach says was the best match under his guidance.

If Wolfsburg loses against Dortmund, it will fall 10 points behind Thomas Tuchel’s side.

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AUBAMEYANG’S GOALS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tops the Bundesliga with 17 goals. The Borussia Dortmund striker struck in his first eight matches this season and 10 straight going back to the previous season. The Gabon striker has already surpassed last season’s total, when he scored 16. Only one striker in Bundesliga history had more goals after 14 matches than Aubameyang and that was Gerd Mueller, who notched 20 in 14 matches in 1968. The season Mueller finished with the record 40 goals, in 1971-72, he only had 11 in the first 14 matches.

Dortmund has 40 goals so far.

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