Bayer Leverkusen began this campaign horrifically, which ultimately led to the demise of manager, Gerardo Seoane.
Former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso took the reins, with the Spaniard's arrival igniting Leverkusen's season into life.
Die Schwarzroten have won their last five league games in a row to give them a solid platform to re-enter the race for European competition next season.
Since the resumption of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund's matches have not been short of thrills, with the famous Yellow and Black returning to action with a thrilling 4-3 victory against relegation-threatened Augsburg.
On Wednesday, their game against mid-table Mainz was 1-1 after just four minutes, but we had to wait a full 90 minutes to see another change in the scoreline, when USA starlet Giovanni Reyna scored his second winner in as many games to give Dortmund a huge boost in the title race.
However, what was particularly fascinating in the midweek round of Bundesliga games was the sight an unlikely candidate stepping up to the penalty spot.
Just eight minutes were on the clock when VAR awarded Bayer Leverkusen a spotkick, and surprisingly it was defender Edmond Tapsoba who placed the ball down and fired it past Manuel Riemann with confidence.
Tapsoba is a centre-back and certainly not a player you would expect to take a penalty. In fact, that goal was the first time this season that Leverkusen have scored from a spotkick, having failed in their previous three attempts as Moussa Diaby, Kerem Demirbay and Patrik Schick all failed to convert from 12 yards.
With a goal line set at O/U 3.0, it is fair to suggest that goals are expected at the BayArena in a clash that should be packed with action.
Despite the opening week reverse fixture between these two sides ending 1-0, this fixture is historically one of the most heavily goal-laden affairs in domestic European football.
Their past 11 meetings before that aforementioned 1-0 scoreline back in August have seen these two sides serve up a massive 57 goals, which is over five per game.
With another frantic game expected between the two Bundesliga giants, Edmond Tapsoba could be a really smart play here, assuming he is entrusted with penalty-taking duties once more, following his recent success.
Tapsoba is priced around 11/2 currently to score, while other variations that would enhance value include first and last goalscorer.
Fancy Leverkusen to get two penalties? The Burkina Faso international is a mouthwatering 70/1 or more to net a brace!
- Paul Bathurst provides football tips as Soccer Sharp on the Tipstrr platform