Borussia Monchengladbach will go into their game against Nurnberg on Saturday in confident mood for two reasons, according to coach Lucien Favre.
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For one, they have won all five of their home fixtures in the Bundesliga so far this season.
Furthermore, they picked up their first three points on the road last weekend to reduce the arrears on third-placed Bayer Leverkusen to six points.
"It was important for us to get that win," said Favre. "We've played well away from home frequently enough but not got points.
"Now we've done that and that gives us confidence for the coming tasks."
On the other hand, there are reasons why Favre is not overly optimistic about his side extending their perfect home record.
Opponents Nurnberg may not have won a single game all season, and they may be inside the relegation zone, but they have just changed their coach.
"For me, they're a very dangerous side," said Favre who suggests that the league table does not tell the whole story.
"They have several international players among their ranks and we can expect a difficult job."
Indeed, while the league table may not reflect Nurnberg's quality, it is too early to suggest Gladbach are as strong as their current fourth place suggests, according to the Foals' director of sport Max Eberl.
"It's very nice to see, but it is nothing more than a momentary situation," he said.
"We're in with five or six other clubs who are challenging for the sought-after positions, but it does not change our objective, which is a place in the top 10.
"This home game against Nurnberg is going to be hard enough and we'd be well advised to focus on this game alone."
Gertjan Verbeek's first home game as Nurnberg coach ended in a 3-0 defeat to Freiburg, and the Dutch coach is hoping for a quick turnaround in their fortunes.
"We've definitely got to pick up points in our coming matches," he said. "We've got to get better.
"Only the results are not as we would like them, but we're working on that."
Daniel Ginczek could return to the starting XI after injury while Alexander Esswein replaces the injured Robert Mak.