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FCB see better home form as key to title quest

You never quite knew where you were with Bayern home games last term. FCB sometimes spectacularly came from behind to win - as in the 4-2 triumph against eventual champions Wolfsburg after trailing 2-0 early on – or threw away apparently unassailable leads – as in a 3-3 draw with Bochum, when Munich led 3-1 with just a matter of minutes remaining.

The Allianz Arena crowd witnessed 68 goals, more than in any other Bundesliga stadium, but the majority will not have been happy with the way they were distributed. The home team scored 45, second only to Wolfsburg (51), but also conceded 23 goals on home turf, a figure bettered by no fewer than ten other clubs. Even relegated Karlsruhe let in a goal fewer at home.

Indeed, Bayern's thoroughly average home form was the main reason Wolfsburg claimed the shield. FCB's record of 12 wins, two draws and three defeats at home was only the fifth best in the division. By contrast, Munich earned more points on their travels than any other team, a marked difference to the long-term trend which shows Bayern as the strongest home side in league history.