Schalke build-up: The facts and stats
How many times have Bayern and Schalke 04 faced off? What do the stats say? And who will referee Saturday's match in Gelsenkirchen (kick-off 18.30 CET)? fcbayern.de presents the most interesting facts and figures ahead of the big game on Matchday 13.
45 out of 90
The recent history of the fixture heavily favours the German record champions. The last defeat to the Royal Blues dates back to December 2010, a 2-0 reverse. The Bundesliga stats since then show seven FCB victories with two draws, 25 goals scored and four conceded. In total the Reds have won exactly half of the 90 league clashes with S04. The away record is not as clear-cut though: 14 wins and 12 defeats from a Bayern point of view, with 19 games ending in a draw.
Reunion for FCB trio
Three Munich men are particularly familiar with the Veltins Arena. Manuel Neuer, Rafinha and Jan Kirchhoff once played for Schalke and return to their old stomping ground, as does goalkeeping coach Toni Topalovic. Meanwhile Schalke's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will encounter his former Bavarian team-mates, as he joined the Gelsenkirchen club on loan in summer.
Strong record for former Schalke stars
Neuer in particular has often given Schalke the blues. The World's Best Goalkeeper has encountered his former club eight times, remaining unbeaten since joining the Reds in the summer of 2011. Manuel's personal record against Schalke is six wins and two draws. Rafinha too has yet to lose to the Royal Blues, winning five out of five.
FCB duo set to continue goal streak
Robert Lewandowski (14) and Thomas Müller (11) boast 25 Bundesliga goals between them after 12 matchdays, equalling a record set 48 years ago when Peter Meyer and Herbert Laumen scored 25 goals in 12 matches for Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the 1976/77 season Gerd Müller (15) and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (9) had a tally of 24 goals after the same number of games.
Stieler is the man in the middle
Tobias Stieler will referee the game in Gelsenkirchen. The attorney from Hamburg has already taken charge of two Bayern matches this season, most recently overseeing the 5-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg in September. He has refereed a total of nine matches involving the Reds, all of which ended in Bayern wins. His assistants are Rafael Foltyn and Dr Martin Thomsen, with Thorben Siewer named as the fourth official.