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Can Bayern make it 50 not out?

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The last defeat was a long, long time ago. FC Bayern are unbeaten in their last 49 league matches, comprising 43 wins and six draws with the previous 16 games all ending in victory. FCB can make it a round 50 games without losing if they avoid defeat in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Bayer Leverkusen. However, Pep Guardiola’s team need to be on their guard against the Werkself. The last points Bayern dropped in the league came in a 1-1 draw at Leverkusen in October 2013. And the last defeat was almost exactly a year before that in a 2-1 reverse at home to - Bayer Leverkusen.

Strong home record against Bayer

And the recent record against Leverkusen should serve as ample warning for FCB. Bayern have only won once in their last four outings against the Rhineland club with the other three games producing one draw and two defeats. However, the Reds have won twelve of the last 18 games and the home record of 25 wins, six draws and just three defeats with a goal difference of 79 for and 30 against speaks volumes for Bayern. The two teams have met a total of 69 times in the top flight with 40 wins for FCB, 14 draws and 15 defeats. The goal difference is 133 to 84.

Goals guaranteed

Goals are almost guaranteed when Bayern and Bayer face each other. The last 47 Bundesliga matches between the Reds and the Werkself have always produced at least one goal. The last 0-0 draw was almost 24 years ago on 28 April 1990 in Leverkusen.

A first for Schmidt this term

Markus Schmidt is the referee on Saturday. It is the first time this season the 40-year-old personnel manager from Stuttgart has refereed a game involving Bayern. The assistant referees are Wolfgang Walz and Kai Voss with Christian Dingert acting as the fourth official.