Dortmund played "one of the best away games of our entire time together" in Monchengladbach, according to coach Jurgen Klopp, yet still managed to lose.
That 2-0 defeat in October is still on Klopp's mind as he prepares a side deprived of the suspended Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the injured Marco Reus.
"Straight after that game, I wanted to make this reverse fixture out to be the biggest game of the year," Klopp said at a press conference.
"We did so much right back then, but got nothing for it."
The two sides' fortunes have altered significantly since then with Dortmund moving up to second and the Foals slipping to eighth.
Lucien Favre's men have yet to win a single game in 2014, but that does not necessarily make them easy opponents, Klopp warned.
"I'm expecting to meet a Gladbach side who want to fight with all they've got," said the Dortmund coach, whose side face Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League next week.
"Since Lucien has been in charge, they want to play football and be dominant, and we've got to take care of that."
Favre will be in charge for a lot longer too having put pen to paper on a new contract until 2017 this week.
"I love working here," said the Swiss coach. "And that's why I want to carry on.
"My signing a new contract is not because of recent results. My work has got to be judged over a longer time frame."