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First against third - big match at Augsburg

First against third. Saturday’s clash between FC Bayern and FC Augsburg really is the match of the day in the Bundesliga. Ahead of the game, the record books are clearly in favour of Pep Guardiola and his men with a win ensuring FCB are top of the tree at Christmas. However, the last visit to Augsburg brings back bad memories. fcbayern.de brings you the facts and figures ahead of this weekend’s game:

Genuine big match

The meeting between Bayern and Augsburg is a big match for the first time. While FCB face Augsburg as league leaders for the fifth out of six previous meetings in the Bundesliga, this is the first time FC Augsburg have ever been third in the top flight.

Augsburg’s record breakers

FCA are on a roll. Augsburg have won all of their last four league games, setting a new club record in the process. And the current run of five home wins on the trot is also a new club record.

Bayern’s impressive streaks

FC Bayern are also in form going into the game at the sold-out SGL Arena. The Reds have won all of their last five league outings and have not lost any of the last 18 Bundesliga games (15 wins, 3 draws; goal difference 45 to 6). Pep Guardiola’s team have only lost one of the last 42 Bundesliga games on the road (34 wins, 7 draws): that was the 1-0 reverse at Augsburg in April 2014.

Fine record against Augsburg

The 1-0 loss - the only away defeat for Guardiola in the Bundesliga to date - was the first time Augsburg have beaten FC Bayern in 53 years (the last time was a 3-1 success in August 1961). Over that period FCB beat FCA 13 times in all competitions (Bundesliga, DFB Cup, Regional League and Fourth Division). The Bayern all-time record reads: 13 wins, 0 draws, 2 defeats.

Top at the winter break by Saturday?

Top at the winter break by Saturday?

On Saturday in Augsburg, and under certain circumstances, FC Bayern could make sure of finishing top of the Bundesliga at Christmas with two games to play. The following scenarios are possible:

  • A win at Augsburg and it’s all done and dusted (regardless of other results).
  • A draw at Augsburg would mean waiting till Sunday night and the outcome of the game between Wolfsburg and Paderborn. FCB would seal top spot at the winter break if Wolfsburg fail to win.
  • In the event of a defeat, FCB could still do it if Wolfsburg lose as well.

Augsburg specialist Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski loves to score against FC Augsburg. The Pole has already found the back of the net seven times in six league meetings. He has only scored more often against SC Freiburg (10) and Hannover 96 (9). And the FCB striker netted his first Bundesliga hat-trick against Augsburg in October 2011.

The man with the whistle

Tobias Stieler will referee the Bavarian derby in Augsburg. The 33-year-old lawyer from Hamburg has refereed Bundesliga games since 2012. He has been in charge of five games involving the Reds to date with FC Bayern winning all five. The last time was in March when FCB won 2-0 at Mainz. His assistants on Saturday are Patrick Ittrich and Sascha Thielert with Wolfgang Walz acting as the fourth official.