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Bayern home favourites in DFB Cup

Bayern have an almost unblemished record at home in the DFB Cup. FCB have only been knocked out of the cup once in the last 30 home ties – that exit came in a 1-0 defeat against Schalke at the semi-final stage three years ago. The other games have ended in 27 wins and two penalty shoot-out victories. The last time Bayern went out off the cup against a lower league side was ten years ago in a 2-1 quarter-final defeat away to Alemannia Aachen.

Fourth cup meeting in Munich

FCB face Kaiserslautern for the fourth time at home in the DFB Cup (the previous ties were in 1971, 2006 and 2012). Bayern have always gone through and FCK failed to score a single goal in those games. The two sides have played each other nine times in the Cup – FCB have only been knocked out once, in a 2-1 reverse at the Betzenberg stadium in November 1980, over 33 years ago. The most recent cup fixture involving the teams was 18 months ago. FCB coasted to a 4-0 win at the Allianz Arena in October 2012 to progress to the last sixteen. 

Seventeen years since last FCK win in Munich

The Red Devils and their fans last celebrated in Munich after playing Bayern a full 17 years ago, when the Bavarians suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat against the newly-promoted team from the Rhineland Palatinate on the opening day of the 1997/98 Bundesliga campaign. The last loss in a competitive match against Kaiserslautern was in August 2010 (a 2-0 defeat at the Betzenberg in the Bundesliga). FCB have won all of the last ten games against FCK.

Shaqiri back up and running

Ten days after tearing a muscle in the Bundesliga fixture away to Augsburg, Xherdan Shaqiri took an important step towards a full recovery on Tuesday when he resumed running. Prior to the main squad workout, the Swiss international completed a session of light exercise at the Säbener Strasse supervised by rehab specialist Thomas Wilhelmi. Diego Contento is even closer to recovering from a stretched ligament and is poised to resume the squad programme.