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First versus second

When FC Bayern entertain Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena on Saturday (3.30 pm CET) it will be a meeting of the two most successful clubs in the Bundesliga – as ranked by total points amassed over the years. With 3,267 points (converted to three points for a win) to their credit, FCB top the all-time table ahead of Bremen in second with 2,600 points.

3.05 goals per game

29 wins, 11 draws, just seven defeats: the Bundesliga home record against Werder Bremen clearly favours Bayern. That also applies to the overall record with FCB clocking up 44 wins and 25 draws, with 26 defeats. Goals are almost guaranteed: meetings with Werder produce an average of 3.05 goals per game. The reverse fixture earlier this season saw the ball in the back of the net seven times as FC Bayern inflicted a 7-0 mauling on Werder at the Weser Stadium.

Bogey team Bremen

The recent record also points to a home win. The previous twelve competitive matches against Bremen have witnessed the Club World Champions notch up nine wins and three draws. The last defeat to the four-time German champions was a 5-2 reverse five and a half years ago. However, in historical terms, Bremen are a bogey team for FCB. Bayern have not suffered more defeats (26), or conceded more goals (117) to any other team in the Bundesliga.

A trip down memory lane

Claudio Pizarro will enjoy a special reunion on Saturday. The Peru international played 159 of his 367 Bundesliga games to date for Werder Bremen, scoring 89 times along the way. In turn, Bremen players Nils Petersen (nine Bundesliga appearances for FCB, two goals) and Mehmet Ekici (70 games for FCB Reserves) both have a Bayern past. And Toni Kroos could end up in a duel with his brother, Werder midfielder Felix.

Winkmann - the man in the middle

Guido Winkmann is set to referee Saturday’s Bundesliga fixture between Bayern and Werder Bremen. This will be the second time the 39-year-old police officer from Kerken (Lower Rhine) has officiated a Bayern match in the current campaign. His last appointment came in the middle of February in the 4-0 home win against SC Freiburg. Winkmann will be assisted by Jan Hendrik Salver and Patrick Ittrich with Stefan Trautmann acting as the fourth official.