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Bayern v Ingolstadt: The factfile

The Allianz Arena and Ingolstadt's Audi Sportpark are a mere 70 kilometres apart, yet Saturday's meeting is only the second competitive fixture and the very first Bundesliga duel between FCB and Ingolstadt. fcbayern.de has examined the facts in the build-up to the match:

The only previous encounter...
...dates back to October 2011, a 6-0 victory at the Allianz Arena in the DFB Cup second round against Ingolstadt, then in the second division. Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Nils Petersen (twice), Marvin Matip (own goal) and Takashi Usami scored for the Reds.

FCB are strong as never before...
...at the Allianz Arena in the current campaign. Eight wins in eight and a goal difference of 30-3 on home soil is a new league record. In total the German record champions have won all of their last 13 home matches, scoring at least twice in each. On average Pep Guardiola's troops scored 3.8 goals per game!

The league’s two top defences...
...cross swords on Saturday, Ingolstadt conceding 15 goals, Bayern only eight.

But the forward lines...
...could hardly be more different. Munich are the best team in the league up front, boasting 43 goals so far, whereas Ingolstadt are the weakest on a mere 11. Robert Lewandowski (14) and Thomas Müller (13) have both scored more goals than FCI.

Ingolstadt are highly efficient...
...particularly away from home. They have 12 points from eight away matches, which makes them the league’s fourth-best away team. It only took them five goals to achieve this. On average Ingolstadt bagged 2.4 points per goal scored – a best mark.

Guardiola and FCI boss Hasenhüttl...
...have never faced off as coaches, but did so on the pitch. Guardiola and Barcelona entertained Austria Vienna with Hasenhüttl in the Champions League second round in October 1993. Barça won 3-0.

Ralf Hasenhüttl played for Bayern...
...from 2002 to 2004. The Austrian was a forward for the FCB reserves, scoring 15 goals. Hermann Gerland was his coach, Philipp Lahm his team-mate in the 2002/03 season.

Another reunion...
...takes place for Michael Henke and Thomas Linke. Ingolstadt's assistant coach Henke worked for Bayern as Ottmar Hitzfeld’s number two from 1998 to 2004 and in the 2007/08 season. FCI sporting director Linke made 166 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern from 1998 to 2005, scoring two goals. Both won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, five German championship titles and three DFB Cup titles with Bayern. Linke, who netted the last penalty for Bayern in the 5-4 victory over Valencia in the 2001 Champions League final, played for the FCB reserves under coach Hermann Gerland in the 2007/08 season, gaining promotion to the newly-introduced third division. Thomas Müller and Holger Badstuber were his team-mates.

The referee...
...for Saturday's encounter is Michael Weiner. It is the first time that the 46-year-old police chief superintendent takes charge of a Bayern match this season. He most recently officiated the 8-0 victory over Hamburger SV in February 2014. Weiner's assistants are Norbert Grudzinksi and Holger Henschel, with Sven Jablonski acting as fourth official.