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FCB – Frankfurt: the stats and stories

Leaders Bayern take on eighth-placed Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. fcbayern.de has checked out the stats and facts prior to the fixture:

Great streak

Bayern are on an excellent run against their rivals from the state of Hesse, with six wins and a draw from the last seven meetings. The Reds have won the last five on the bounce, scoring 13 goals and conceding none.

Great record

The clubs meet for the 88th time in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Forty-six matches, or just over half, have ended in a Bayern win. Eintracht have not lost as often nor conceded as many goals (169) against any other club. The men from Hesse have 21 wins in the plus column, with 20 draws.

Great at home

Bayern have lost only three of 43 home matches against Frankfurt, most recently in a 3-1 reverse in November 2000, almost 15 years ago. The clash at the Allianz Arena in February last year finished 5-0 to the home team.

Eintracht’s struggles on the road

Eintracht’s away record in the Bundesliga this season is patchy to say the least, as they have lost five and drawn two of their last seven on the road, most recently falling 3-1 to bottom club VfB Stuttgart.

Good attacking teams

Bayern are top of the league goalscoring chart at the moment with 71 goals, ahead of Wolfsburg (60) – and then Frankfurt (51). Eintracht have scored at least once in their last 16 games, the longest streak in the league, and their striker Alexander Meier current leads the individual scorer rankings on 19 goals, although he misses out on Saturday with injury. The 32-year-old is being pursued by Arjen Robben (17), who is also injured, and Robert Lewandowski (14).

Big difference in defence

Bayern and Frankfurt’s defensive performances contrast strongly as Eintracht have already let in 54 goals in 27 games, the joint-worst record in the Bundesliga along with Bremen. Thomas Schaaf’s team have conceded 17 goals in the last 15 minutes of their matches, the most in the league. By contrast, FCB have the best defence with only 13 goals against.

Reunion for Rode

Bayern workhorse Sebastian Rode spent four seasons with Eintracht before moving south last summer. The midfielder scored two goals in 61 Bundesliga matches for Frankfurt, including the club’s last goal against Bayern in a 1-1 draw in April 2011.

Frankfurt specialists

Manuel Neuer and Rafinha clearly like facing Eintracht. Neuer has yet to lose in 13 meetings with the men from Hesse (11 wins, two draws), while Rafinha can point to 11 wins and a draw in 12 Bundesliga encounters.

Schmidt in charge

Markus Schmidt takes charge of a game involving Bayern for the first time this season. The 41-year-old staffing manager from Stuttgart has previously refereed FCB 11 times, with the Reds not losing once. Schmidt’s assistants are Wolfgang Walz and Kai Voss, with Norbert Grudzinski on duty as the fourth official.