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Five years since last loss to HSV

Bayern will be looking to extend a very impressive streak on Saturday as almost five years have passed since the Reds lost to Hamburger SV. FCB have won eight of the last ten meetings with two draws. In their last seven encounters with HSV, FCB have scored 31 goals, an average of more than four per game. Furthermore, Bayern have won the last five clashes against the northerners, scoring 24 goals and conceding only four.

58 victories in 98 Bundesliga meetings

Bayern have played Hamburg 98 times in the Bundesliga, more often than any other opponent. The Reds’ record reads 58 wins – the highest number of victories for one team against another in league history –  21 draws and 19 defeats. Munich's 216 goals in matches against the northerners is another record for a recurring fixture.

Away strength

Bayern have lost only one of their last 37 Bundesliga away fixtures, a 1–0 reverse in Augsburg in April 2014 when FCB were already confirmed as champions. The Reds have won 31 and drawn five games on the road in that time.

Pizarro's favourite opponents

Claudio Pizarro clearly enjoys games against HSV, as the Peru veteran has 19 goals in 22 appearances, comfortably his best tally against a single club. Pizza helped himself to seven goals in the last four meetings with Hamburg.

Crisis club HSV

Hamburg have taken just one of a possible 24 points from their last eight top-flight fixtures. Their last three matches on home turf ended in defeat with at least three goals conceded every time. HSV have gone 11 games without a win in all competitions, one of the reasons the Bundesliga founder members axed boss Mirko Slomka last week and promoted reserve coach Josef Zinnbauer to the hot seat.

Dingert named referee

Christian Dingert (Lebecksmühle) has been appointed to referee Saturday's match. He will be assisted by Tobias Christ and Arne Aarnink. The fourth official is Stefan Lupp. Dingert has previously taken charge of five league games involving Bayern (4 wins, 1 draw).