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Top dogs Bayern versus bottom club Bremen

First against last is the order of the day on Saturday (15:30 / 3.30 pm CET) as FC Bayern entertain Werder Bremen, but you could also say first against second if you look back in the Bundesliga annals. Read on for more facts on this weekend’s game:

First against second – first against last

FC Bayern and Werder Bremen have crossed swords 96 times in the Bundesliga but this meeting is a first: Saturday will be the first time the fixture pits the league leaders against the bottom club. In terms of points, the game involves the two most successful clubs in the history of the Bundesliga. With 3,293 points (according to the three points for a win rule) FCB head the all-time table ahead of Werder Bremen in second place on 2,607 points.

Perfect home record against bottom clubs

FC Bayern have never lost to a bottom club at home when in top spot in the Bundesliga. FCB have lost four times as league leaders on their travels. The last time was in March 2008 when the Reds fell 2-0 at Cottbus.

Bogey team Werder

The recent record also points to a home win. The Club World Cup holders have won ten and drawn three of the last 13 meetings and the previous seven Bundesliga games all ended in victory for the Reds. The last defeat against Bremen was a 5-2 reverse six years ago. However, Werder Bremen have proven to be a bogey team for FCB down the years. FC Bayern have not lost as often (26) or conceded as many goals (119) against any other Bundesliga opponents.

Seven goals twice in 2013/14

30 wins, 11 draws and just 7 defeats: The home record against Bremen clearly favours FC Bayern, and that applies to the overall record with the Reds claiming 45 wins. The other meetings ended in 25 draws and 26 defeats with 178 goals for and 119 against. Goals are all but guaranteed: the matches against Werder provide an average of 3.09 goals per game. Last term saw seven goals in both games with FC Bayern winning 7-0 and 5-2.

Best attack against weakest defence

Goals are in the air again this time. The current best attack in the Bundesliga (FCB/15 goals) meets the weakest defence (Werder/16 goals against). Werder Bremen have conceded the highest number of shots on goal (111), have the lowest number of successful passes (67 percent) of all the teams in the league and are the only club to go behind in all of the previous seven league games this term. In contrast, Bayern have had the most shots on goal (128), completed the most passes (88 percent) and are the only club yet to go a goal down.

Dankert the man in the middle

Bastian Dankert from Rostock will referee the home game against Werder Bremen. This is the first time this season that the 34-year-old sports scientist has been in charge of game involving the double winners. The last time Dankert refereed an FCB game was in May 2014 in a 1-0 home win against VfB Stuttgart. He will be assisted by Christoph Bornhorst and René Rohde, Robert Kampka is the fourth official.

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