Created on 31-10-2014 at 14:00 PM
FC Bayern versus Borussia Dortmund is undoubtedly the Bundesliga's biggest fixture - and it is also a huge draw around the world, with Saturday's latest duel between the champions and last seasons runners-up set to be shown in 208 of the 209 FIFA member nations, including exotic destinations such as the Comoros, new Caledonia and Aruba. In fact, the only country not showing footage from the Allianz Arena is North Korea. We present our big match factfile on the clash between the Reds and the Yellow and Blacks.
My turn, your turn
If a recent streak continues, FC Bayern will win the Allianz Arena showdown. Since FCB's 2–1 Champions League final victory at Wembley in 2013, the rivals have taken it in turn to win. The teams both prevailed at each other's ground in the league last term, before Bayern won the DFB Cup final and BVB began the current season with a 2–0 Supercup victory.
Good overall record against BVB
Bayern and Dortmund meet this weekend in a competitive fixture for the 106th time. The men from Munich comfortably lead the head-to-head with 48 victories. Dortmund have won 27, with 30 games finishing in a draw. BVB also won an unofficial Supercup meeting 2-1 back in 2008.
Bundesliga and home record favour FCB
The teams have crossed swords 90 times in the Bundesliga. Bayern’s record is 39 wins, 23 defeats and 28 draws, with 167 goals scored and 114 conceded. Of the 45 games in Munich, FCB's record is won 26, drawn ten and lost nine - including three of the last four. The Reds are comfortably ahead on goals at home with 104 for and 48 against.
FCB undefeated in 13
Bayern have won ten and drawn three of their last 13 Bundesliga fixtures, currently the longest unbeaten streak in the league. Pep Guardiola’s men last lost in the top flight on Matchday 30 last term, in the 3–0 home reverse against none other than BVB.
Guardiola’s record tarnished by BVB
Pep Guardiola’s personal record since arriving at Bayern is outstanding with just seven defeats in 71 matches, although three of the losses came against Borussia Dortmund: the Supercup finals in 2013 and 2014 and the league meeting in Munich last season, when FCB had already been crowned champions.
Gräfe in charge
Manuel Gräfe from Berlin has been appointed to referee the Bundesliga showdown between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, the first time that the sports scientist has taken charge of a match involving FCB this term. Last season, Bayern’s matches with Gräfe as the senior official included the 3-0 victory away to BVB in the autumn. The 41-year-old has refereed Bundesliga fixtures involving FCB 30 times in all, with the Reds winning 16, drawing seven and losing seven.