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Goals guaranteed in top clash

The Topspiel, the biggest match of the Bundesliga weekend with the kick-off at the standalone time of 6.30 pm on Saturday evening, was introduced in the 2009/10 season – and this week’s featured game involves FC Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen for the seventh time. The six previous matches yielded three FCB wins and three draws, with Leverkusen never managing more than a single goal. However, goals are as good as guaranteed when the pair cross swords: the last 49 meetings between Germany’s biggest club and the Werkself have produced at least one goal, with the most recent goalless draw more than 24 years ago on 28 April 1990.

Strong at home versus Bayer

Bayer Leverkusen are usually welcome visitors to Munich from the home side’s point of view as Bayern have won 26, drawn six and only lost three of the previous meetings, scoring 81 times and conceding just 31. FCB have lost only one of their previous 26 home games against the Werkself, a 2-1 reverse in October 2012. Overall, the teams have met 70 times in the league with the Reds winning 41 and losing 15. Fourteen matches ended in draws, with Munich leading the goal count 135 to 85.

Honours even of late

FC Bayern are well ahead in the overall stats, but there is a warning for Pep Guardiola and his men in the most recent clashes between the sides: the Bavarians have won only two of the last five meetings, with two defeats and a draw. Leverkusen even lead 7-6 on goals scored.

FCB aim to extend streak

Bayern are looking to extend a number of positive streaks on Saturday. FCB are unbeaten in 17 in the Bundesliga (14 wins and three draws, 44 goals scored and six conceded) and have won their last nine home games (30 goals scored, four conceded). Jérôme Boateng could extend his record personal unbeaten run to 53 matches: the last time the defender finished on the losing side was in October 2012 – against Bayer Leverkusen.

Kircher in charge

Knut Kircher will referee the meeting between the league leaders and the team in third. The 45-year-old from Rottenburg takes charge of a match involving Bayern for the second time this term: he previously officiated at the 2-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 3. The assistants for Kircher’s 221st Bundesliga match are Robert Kempter and Thorsten Schiffner, with Mike Pickel as the fourth official.

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