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Wolfsburg v Bayern: The DFB Cup factfile

Title holders against record winners, last season’s league runners-up against the champions, Wolfsburg against Bayern – the calibre of this evening’s DFB Cup second round tie (Live in English from 20.30 CET on Twitter and Web Radio) could not be higher. Both clubs have got through to the semi-finals at least in all of the last three campaigns. has examined the facts and stats in the build-up to the match.

Third time
FC Bayern encounter Wolfsburg for the third time this season. The Reds won 5-1 in the league, but lost 5-4 in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the Supercup. It is the Bavarians' third match away to Wolfsburg in 2015. FCB lost 4-1 at Wolfsburg in January.

Maximum cup yield
FC Bayern and Wolfsburg cross swords for the fifth time in the DFB Cup. The German record champions have won all of the four previous duels, most recently a 6-1 thrashing in the 2012/13 semi-final.

31 out of 42
The Bavarians only lost two of the last 11 meetings with the Wolves. In total FCB have won 31 out of 42 clashes, losing four matches and drawing seven times, while scoring 97 goals and conceding 39.

Robert Lewandowski set a number of new records in the most recent meeting with the Wolves. In the 5-1 Bundesliga victory the FCB striker fired the fastest hat-trick, the fastest four-goal haul and the fastest five-goal haul in Bundesliga history.

Once upon a time in Magdeburg
FCB have been knocked out in the DFB Cup second round five times so far, most recently in 2000/01. On 1 November 2000 the eventual Champions League winners from Munich lost 5-3 to third division Magdeburg in a penalty shootout.

Special cup night
FCB have only played one cup match away to Wolfsburg, in the second round on 23 September 1997. It was the first cup match and the second fixture against the Wolves, then in their first Bundesliga season. It turned out to be a thriller.

The 15,500 crowd at Elsterweg in Wolfsburg saw Claudio Reyna (7, penalty) put the hosts in the lead, followed by Marijan Kovacevic who made it 2-0 (44). But then the Bavarians struck back. Giovane Elber (45), Alexander Zickler (77) and Michael Tarnat (85) turned it around; shortly before the end it looked as if the Reds had wrapped things up. But two minutes before the whistle Roy Präger (88) scored the equaliser to make it 3-3.

With no further goals in extra time, the game went to penalties. The men from Munich had stronger nerves. Only Thomas Strunz missed his penalty for Bayern, Reyna and Präger missed for Wolfsburg. Giovani Trappatoni's troops battled through to the next round 4-3 on penalties and went on to win the DFB Cup.

Kircher to referee
Knut Kircher has been appointed to referee the cup tie in Wolfsburg. The 46-year-old engineer from Rottenburg takes charge of a Bayern match for the 48th time. He oversaw seven cup matches with the record cup winners, who won all of them. Kircher was in charge of the last cup match against Wolfsburg (6-1) too. His assistants will be Thorsten Schiffner and Arno Blos, with Guido Winkmann as fourth official.