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The German Clasico

Bundesliga showdown: the big match facts

Quoted in the current Bayern-Magazin, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge summed up the situation well: “When Real Madrid play Barcelona in El Clásico, the whole of Spain goes into a frenzy. In a few years, we might be talking about a Bundesliga Clasico.“ Even now, Bayern versus Dortmund captivates millions of fans in Germany, and never more so than prior to Saturday’s Allianz Arena clash. presents the big match facts.

Clash of the superlatives:

  • Most successful club versus champions
  • Beaten cup finalists versus cup winners
  • Best attack (40 goals) versus second-best (29)
  • Best defence (5 goals against) versus second-best (15)
  • Teams with highest share of possession (64 percent to 57 percent)
  • Teams with the most points this decade
  • The only clubs to win the title more than once in the last 19 years
  • Germany’s only Champions League winning teams
  • Teams with the league’s highest average attendances (FCB: 71,000; BVB: 80,567)
  • According to Bayern estimates, up to half a million tickets for the match could have been sold
  • Game to be broadcast live in 203 countries

Factors in Bayern’s favour:
  • With 37 points from 14 matches and a goal difference of +35, FCB boast the best record of any Bundesliga team at this point in a season
  • The last time a team scored as many goals (40) at this point in the season was 27 years ago
  • FCB have kept a clean sheet in ten of their 14 league games
  • Dortmund have conceded almost half their 15 goals against to headers (7), but FCB have scored the most headed goals of any team (9)
  • FCB’s pass completion is the highest of any team in the Bundesliga (88.6 percent).

Factors in Dortmund’s favour:
  • BVB have scored the opening goal in their last eight league meetings with Bayern
  • BVB have converted more of their clear-cut chances (56.7 percent) than any other team in the league
  • Coach Jürgen Klopp has lost only one of his last seven Bundesliga meetings with Jupp Heynckes’ teams (four wins, two draws)