Battle of the Bundesliga's two best strikers
The clash of the titans between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund is also a battle between the two best strikers in the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski has been involved in more goals than any other player in the league this season (24 goals, 4 assists), with Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just behind him (25 goals, 2 assists). Along with Köln’s Anthony Modeste on 22 goals, the pair are fighting for the prestigious Bundesliga top scorer cannon. Here are some more facts and stats from fcbayern.com ahead of the Matchday 28 showdown.
Good run against Dortmund
FC Bayern’s recent record against BVB is impressive. The record champions have only lost one of the last eight competitive meetings between the two sides – the 1-0 defeat earlier this season in Dortmund. The other seven have produced four wins and three draws. What’s more, FCB have only lost one of the last seven encounters at the Allianz Arena (a 3-0 defeat in the 2013/14 season), winning four and drawing two of the others. However, FC Bayern have lost more Bundesliga home games against Dortmund than against any other team (nine).
Overall head-to-head favours FCB
The two sides have faced each other a total of 95 times in the Bundesliga, and the statistics are clearly in Bayern’s favour with 42 wins, 29 draws and 24 defeats. The Reds have scored 175 goals against the Black and Yellows, conceding 117. FCB have been particularly successful at home with 28 victories, ten draws and only nine defeats.
Fortress Allianz Arena
FC Bayern are unbeaten in 29 competitive games at home, winning 25 of them. Their last defeat at the Allianz Arena was over a year ago against Mainz 05. They’re also yet to lose in 20 home games under Carlo Ancelotti (17 wins and three draws). In that time the Reds have scored 66 goals and only conceded eight, and have kept a clean sheet in their last four.
Marco Fritz from Korb is the man in charge of Saturday’s ‘Klassiker’. It’s a fixture that Fritz knows well: the banker refereed the DFB Cup final between the two teams in May last year which FC Bayern won 4-3 on penalties. He was also in charge for the Bundesliga clash in Munich in October 2015 which FCB won 5-1. He’ll be assisted on the sidelines by Dominik Schaal and Marcel Pelgrim, with Martin Petersen as fourth official.