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Little joy for Hannover in Munich

Bayern have proved a real thorn in the side of Hannover in recent times as the Reds have won the last five Bundesliga meetings, scoring 19 goals and conceding only two. The overall record in the fixture also heavily favours the men from Munich, who have won 33, drawn eight and lost only nine of the 50 games so far, making FCB Hannover’s bogey team.

22 from 25 at home

Hannover have traditionally struggled when they visit the Bavarian capital. Of 25 meetings in Munich, FCB have won no fewer than 22, with two draws. The team from Lower Saxony’s solitary victory on their travels to face Bayern came by the only goal of the game in November 2006. Bayern won all seven of their subsequent home games against '96.

Don't bet on a draw

FCB and ‘96 last drew in the Bundesliga more than eight years ago, a 1–1 stalemate in Hannover on 18 February 2006. All of the next 16 games produced a winner, Bayern on 12 occasions and the men from Lower Saxony on the other four.

Reunions for Hannover boss

Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut will meet up again with former acquaintances on Saturday, Xabi Alonso for one. The pair played together between 2000 and 2003 for San Sebastian-based Real Sociedad. Korkut also knows Pepe Reina from his time in Spain, as the pair were on opposing sides five times. And the Hannover head coach once crossed swords with Pep Guardiola in Sociedad’s league meeting with Barcelona in February 2001.

Siebert appointed referee

Daniel Siebert will take charge of the 51st Bundesliga meeting between FC Bayern and Hannover 96. It is only the second time that the 29-year-old sports scientist has been appointed to referee a league fixture involving FCB. Siebert's previous experience with the Reds was the 2–0 victory away to Braunschweig in April 2014. The assistant referees on Saturday are Markus Häcker and Jan Seidel, with Markus Wingenbach as the fourth official.