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Big match facts and stats

The biggest match of Bundesliga Matchday 26 takes place in Munich on Sunday when FC Bayern entertain third-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach in front of a 75,000 full house at the Allianz Arena. The latest edition of the 1970s classic pits the best defensive teams of 2014/15 against each other: Bayern (11) and Gladbach (20) have conceded the fewest goals in the division. The Foals’ four goals conceded since Christmas is the best record of all in the second half of the season.

Strength at home

FC Bayern have won fully 34 of 46 meetings with the Foals in Munich, with just two defeats and ten draws. However, it has been tougher for FCB recently: of the last three meetings in Munich, the record champions won 3-1 in August 2013 but otherwise lost one and drew the other.

League’s best passing teams

Bayern and Gladbach lead the way for the most passes (FCB on 18,633 and BMG on 13,638), but also the best accuracy in the Bundesliga. Bayern’s pass completion is 87.4 percent with Sunday’s visitors just behind on 82.4 percent.

Meyer in charge

Florian Meyer from Burgdorf will referee the top clash between Bayern and Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 46-year-old previously took charge of a game involving FCB this term in Munich’s 2-0 win at Stuttgart in February. Meyer’s assistants are Frank Willenborg and Christoph Bornhorst, with Dr Robert Kampka as the fourth official.

Down Syndrome kids to escort FCB and BMG

The Bayern and Borussia stars will take the field on Sunday hand in hand with 24 kids, youths and young adults born with Down Syndrome. “Down Syndrome kids are wonderful people, emotional, joyful and loveable. We want to show everyone that they’re important and valued members of the community,” said FCB captain Philipp Lahm. Saturday 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day.