Tight cup encounters with Bochum
FC Bayern and VfL Bochum have crossed swords in the DFB Cup on four occasions, with the Bavarians winning three times. However, the German record champions have never had it easy in any of the previous cup ties. The Ruhr valley outfit won the first meeting in the 1967/68 semi-finals. Fourteen years later, again in the semi-finals, FCB prevailed 2-1 in Bochum. In the 1985/86 last sixteen the clubs faced off twice: after a 1-1 draw in Bochum, Munich powered to a 2-0 victory in the replay at the Olympic stadium. The last cup tie dates back to December 2011, with Bayern progressing to the quarter-finals after a narrow 2-1 away win.
FCB unbeaten in 11 meetings
FC Bayern travel to face VfL Bochum in the quarter-finals buoyed by a run of 11 competitive meetings without defeat. The last loss to VfL dates back to 14 February 2004, a 1-0 away reverse. Since then the Reds have won nine and drawn two matches.
No home advantage for Bochum
According to the stats, the hosts should not attach too much significance to home advantage in the cup meeting: the second division side lost all of their last six home matches against FCB. In total the men from Munich have won 22 out of 38 matches in Bochum, with eight defeats and eight draws.
Seventh semi-final in a row?
After wrapping up a spot in the last eight for the ninth time in a row, FCB aim to get through to the cup semi-finals for the seventh consecutive season on Wednesday evening. The last time the 17-time cup winners were knocked out in the quarter-finals dates back to 2009, a 4-2 reverse away to Bayer Leverkusen. The last time VfL advanced to the semi-finals was in the 1987/88 season. In five quarter-final ties since then, Bochum were knocked out on every occasion.
Fourth match with Dankert
Bastian Dankert has been appointed as referee for the cup clash. It is the fourth time that the 35-year-old sports scientist from Rostock takes charge of a Bayern match this season. The three matches Dankert previously oversaw all ended in Bayern victories: 5-0 against Hamburg, 3-0 against Mainz and 4-0 against Stuttgart. Dankert will be assisted by Harm Osmers and René Rohde, with Christian Dingert acting as fourth official.