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Attacking threat and defensive rocks

FC Bayern’s goal difference in their last three Bundesliga games stands at 14 scored and zero conceded. The side are on a roll and are coming good at just the right time. On Sunday (17:30 CET) Ancelotti’s side face Borussia Mönchengladbach, an opponent they’ve had some difficulties against in recent years. In 11 Bundesliga meetings since summer 2011, Bayern have won four times and lost four times. Here are some more facts and figures on the fixture from fcbayern.com.

Positive record overall

Despite those recent results, FCB dominate the overall head-to-head record. The two clubs have met 97 times in the Bundesliga, with the record German champions winning on 46 occasions. Borussia have won 22 of the previous encounters. Bayern have scored 183 goals against the Foals and conceded 121. Carlo Ancelotti’s side won 2-0 in the reverse fixture this season.

In-form teams

Bayern are currently ten points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the table with 59 points, while Gladbach find themselves in ninth place with 32 points. Nevertheless this is the top fixture of Bundesliga Matchday 25 as these are the two best teams of the second half of the season so far. Gladbach have picked up an impressive 15 points in their seven games, a record that’s only bettered by FCB’s 17.

Dangerous on the attack

Bayern have netted 60 goals in the Bundesliga this season, exactly twice as many as Borussia. The Foals have rediscovered their goalscoring touch under Dieter Hecking, though, finding the net 15 times in eight games under their new coach. That’s as many as they managed in the previous 16 games without him. Incidentally, FCB could score their 100th goal of the season in all competitions on Sunday – they’re currently on 98.

Defensive rocks

However, the attacking players on each side may have their work cut out on Sunday since the two best tacklers in the league will be on the pitch in Mats Hummels (66.9% of tackles won) and Andreas Christensen (70.4%). Both men grabbed the headlines again last weekend. Christensen’s headed goal gave his side the lead in Hamburg (his second of the season) and Hummels produced one of the highlights of Matchday 24 with his goal-saving tackle on Branimir Hrgota.

Sunday best

FCB have won their last four league matches on a Sunday, including their only previous Sunday fixture this season when they triumphed 1-0 at Darmstadt on Matchday 15. Bayern have a particularly good record away from home on Sundays, conceding only one goal in their last six away games on the Lord’s Day. Gladbach, on the other hand, haven’t fared as well on Sundays this season, losing three out of five games.

Stieler in charge of proceedings

Tobias Stieler from Hamburg is the referee for the match. The 35 year-old’s only previous Bayern game this season was the 1-0 defeat in Dortmund. He’ll be assisted by Sascha Tielert and Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck, with Harm Osmers as fourth official.

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