FCB's impressive Berlin run
Bayern are on a good run right now with 25 of a possible 27 points from the last nine games. And there is a good chance that record will improve even further on Saturday at Hertha Berlin, since the Bavarians have won the last eleven matches against the capital club. FCB have also kept a clean sheet in each of their last five games against the Old Lady. fcbayern.com has compiled other interesting facts and figures ahead of the fixture in Berlin.
The overall head-to-head record is also clearly in FC Bayern's favour: The Reds have been victorious 38 times in 63 Bundesliga meetings, losing just nine. The German record champions have conceded 68 times in those matches, but have scored 149 times themselves. That is an impressive 2.4 goals per game.
FCB players enjoy Berlin
Eight of those goals belong to Arjen Robben, who is currently the highest scoring player in the Bayern ranks against the Berlin club. Only Gerd Müller (19) has more competitive goals against Hertha. Even more impressive for the Dutchman, however, is that he has only faced the Old Lady seven times -- winning them all. Thomas Müller also has a perfect record against the capital club, having been victorious in all eleven encounters with Hertha. Within the Berlin camp, captain Vedad Ibisevic doesn't have such nice memories of facing Bayern: The Bosnian has lost 15 of his 17 appearances against the record champions (plus 1 win and 1 draw). No other foreign player has suffered so many defeats against the Reds.
Robert Lewandowski and co. always battle until the end and have scored eleven goals in the final quarter of an hour of games this season -- that is a league high alongside Bayer Leverkusen. In last weekend's 2-0 win at Ingolstadt, FCB became the first team in Bundesliga history to score both of their goals in a game after the 89th minute.
Travel experts vs. Home comforts
Bayern have won their last five games on the road, and have amassed 25 points from their last ten away matches to put Carlo Ancelotti's side top of the away league table. On the other hand, Hertha are top of the home version with 2.7 points per game in front of their own fans. The Old Lady have won eight of their nine games at the Olympiastadion this campaign, and have an impressive defensive record of conceding just four goals. FCB have also won the same 24 points as Berlin at home, but have played a game more and are therefore behind their opponents in this statistic.
Ittrich with the whistle
Patrick Ittrich takes charge of this fixture. He previously refereed the 3-1 home win over Ingolstadt on Matchday 3 this season. The 38-year-old from Hamburg will be assisted by Norbert Grudzinski and Holger Henschel in Berlin. Fourth official is Dr. Martin Thomsen.