League records in FCB’s sights
FC Bayern wrapped up the German championship last weekend but there is still plenty to play for as the Reds can break a clutch of Bundesliga records this term. The most promising is the accolade as the meanest-ever defence in league history, as FCB have conceded only 13 goals in 30 matches so far, an unprecedented feat. The current record for a season stands at 18 goals against in 2012/13. Pep Guardiola's men have also kept 21 clean sheets so far, already equalling the record set in 2012/13.
Fine record against Bayer
In 71 Bundesliga meetings with Bayer Leverkusen to date, FCB have 42 wins, 14 draws and only 15 defeats. The Werkself (Works Team) have not lost as often nor conceded as many goals (136) against any other team. Of the last 13 Bundesliga meetings, FCB have lost only two with seven wins and four draws.
Leverkusen on a roll
Leverkusen are one of the form teams in the Bundesliga at present with only one defeat in their last 19 matches. Coach Roger Schmidt's men have scored at least once in their last 12 league games, the best current streak in the top flight. The Rhineland team have also kept clean sheets in their last four Bundesliga home games, a feat last achieved 11 years ago in April/May 2004. If the Werkself avoid conceding against Bayern, they will equal a club record set in 2001/02.
Dingert in charge
Saturday evening's match in Leverkusen will be refereed by Christian Dingert. The 34-year-old civil servant from Lebecksmühle has taken charge of seven Bundesliga matches involving FC Bayern with the Reds losing none of them (five wins, two draws). Dingert's assistants in Leverkusen are Tobias Christ and Arne Aarnink, with Christoph Bornhorst as the fourth official.