FCB’s unblemished record after European ties
A good omen for FC Bayern before Saturday's home match against Schalke 04: the German record champions have won all nine Bundesliga matches after Champions League ties this term, scoring an impressive 26 goals and conceding only two. The last time Bayern lost a fixture following a Champions League encounter dates back to May 2015, a 2-1 reverse away to Freiburg. fcbayern.de has delved into the facts and stats prior to the clash with the Royal Blues.
Best home side v weak away team
The Allianz Arena is a stronghold for FC Bayern this term too. The German record champions have won 19 of the 20 competitive fixtures on their home turf this season, only dropping points once, in a 2-1 reverse against Mainz. Schalke's away yield is patchy, as they have won only one of their last five matches on the road and have not scored a goal in three of these.
Unbeaten in ten
FC Bayern have not lost to Schalke in ten Bundesliga fixtures, winning eight and drawing two, scoring 28 and conceding only five goals. The last success for Schalke dates back to December 2010, a 2-0 victory. FCB and S04 have faced off in 91 fixtures so far, with 46 victories, 27 draws and 18 defeats, 190 goals scored and 101 conceded from a Bayern point of view. The home record is clear-cut: the German record champions have won 31 out of 45 matches in Munich and lost six, with eight games ending in a draw, the goal difference being 117 for and 38 against.
Saturday's encounter between Bayern and Schalke is designated as the weekend's top match. The Bavarians have won nine of the last ten Bundesliga top matches at the Allianz Arena and have kept a clean sheet in the last four. Schalke on the other hand struggle with top match blues: the visitors have lost four of the last five games on Saturday evenings, including a 3-1 defeat to FCB in the reverse fixture.
Tobias Welz is the man with the whistle for Saturday's clash with Schalke. The 39-year-old police officer from Wiesbaden only recently took charge of a Bayern match, the 1-0 victory over FC Köln on 19 March. His assistants will be Guido Kleve and Martin Thomsen, with Arne Aarnink acting as fourth official.