Oktoberfest period begins at home to Mainz
FC Bayern start the Oktoberfest period on Saturday with a home game against Mainz. The men from Munich have played at home 88 times during the festival since they were promoted to the Bundesliga in 1965, with 58 wins, 22 draws, only 8 defeats and an overall scoreline of 235-94. At fcbayern.com we've put together some interesting facts and figures for the first Oktoberfest home game on Saturday.
Strong record against Mainz
FC Bayern can look back on a good record against the visitors ahead of the matchup with Mainz. The record champions have 15 wins in 22 matches, with three draws and four defeats. The overall scoreline is 56-25. Playing in Munich Bayern have posted seven wins, two draws and two defeats, and have outscored their opponents 27-13.
No home defeat under Ancelotti
Bayern are undefeated at home in the Bundesliga since Carlo Ancelotti took over as coach in summer 2016. The last home defeat came on 2 March 2016, and the opponents that day -- Mainz! The men from the state capital of Rhineland Palatinate prevailed thanks to a late goal from Jhon Cordoba to win 2-1.
Most recent Oktoberfest defeat against Mainz
Mainz were also the last team to inflict a home defeat on FCB during the Oktoberfest period: on 25 September 2010, Bayern lost 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski hits the mark during Oktoberfest
In the last two years Bayern goal machine Robert Lewandowski has become an Oktoberfest specialist! The striker has netted 12 times in total during Oktoberfest Bundesliga home games. That's bettered only by Gerd Müller with 18 goals.
Mainz can only improve away from home
Since October 2016 Mainz have won only one of 15 away games in the Bundesliga, on the 22nd matchday of last season in Leverkusen, with 11 defeats and three draws in that period. In the last three Bundesliga games on the road, Mainz have failed to score.
Stegemann to lead Mainz game
The referee for Saturday's first Oktoberfest home game will be Sascha Stegemann. Last season the 32-year-old from Niederkassel took charge of three league games and one cup game involving Bayern. The men from Munich came away with three wins and one defeat from these matches. The assistant referees are Christian Fischer and Mike Pickel, and the fourth official is Patrick Alt. Feliz Zwayer will be the video assistant referee.