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Winning streak against VfB

FC Bayern have enjoyed their meetings with VfB Stuttgart in recent years, as Germany’s biggest club have won the last 11 clashes with their southern rivals, scoring an average of three goals per game. FCB’s last defeat against the men from Swabia, a 2-1 reverse, dates back to March 2010.

History in Bayern’s favour

Bayern and Stuttgart have crossed swords in the Bundesliga 94 times, with FCB winning 57 and losing only 17; 20 games ended in draws. Bayern have triumphed in 32 of the 47 matches in Munich, most recently in the 1-0 win on the last day of last season.

Reds love afternoon kick-offs

FC Bayern clearly like games scheduled at 3.30 pm CET on Saturday afternoons, like this weekend’s match, as Pep Guardiola’s side are undefeated in their last 41 fixtures played at the traditional time. FCB have in fact taken 121 of the 123 points on offer in those matches.

Reunions for Sammer, Lahm and Badstuber

Philipp Lahm spent the period from 2003 to 2005 on loan to Stuttgart and made 53 Bundesliga appearances for VfB. Holger Badstuber spent his youth career until 2002 with VfB. And Matthias Sammer played for the Swabians for two years from 1990 to 1992, winning a league title. He returned to VfB as head coach for the 2004/05 season.

Kinhöfer in charge

Thorsten Kinhöfer has been appointed to referee the home meeting with VfB Stuttgart. The experienced Bundesliga match official will be assisted by Christian Fischer and Frederick Assmuth, with Harm Osmers as the fourth official. The 46-year-old Kinhöfer has taken charge of  Bundesliga matches involving FCB 39 times. Munich won 23 of those games, with eight draws and eight defeats.

Quote of the day

“I wouldn’t have left Real for any club other than FC Bayern.”
(Xabi Alonso interviewed for the Bayern Magazin)