FCB with unbeaten runs to protect
FC Bayern Munich and Hannover 96 meet for the 55th time in the Bundesliga on Saturday, and there a clear advantage to the record champions when looking at the head-to-head: 37 wins for the Bavarians to just nine for the Lower Saxony club (8 draws). The Munich club naturally also dominate on the goals front with 148 scored and just 53 conceded. fcbayern.com has gathered some other interesting facts and figures ahead of this league clash.
Not much on offer in Munich
Visits to Munich have generally been less than fruitful affairs for Hannover. Out of 27 Bundesliga visits to FC Bayern, the Lower Saxony side have won just one (1-0 in November 2006). Two other meetings have been draws -- the remaining 24 FCB victories. Those 27 matches have seen 93 goals for Bayern to just 19 for the visitors, while it stands at 38-4 in the last ten -- all FCB wins.
Fortress Allianz Arena
Bayern can always rely on their home form, especially right now as the record champions are unbeaten in 28 home league games (22 wins, 6 draws), which is the longest undefeated run since moving to the Allianz Arena in 2005. The last time the Reds went on a longer unbeaten run was between 2001 and 2003 at the old Olympiastadion (33 games).
After meeting his old love Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, Jupp Heynckes once again faces off against one of his former clubs this weekend. The now 72-year-old coach was a player at Hannover from 1967 to 1970 where he scored 25 goals in 86 Bundesliga appearances.
Impressive run against promoted sides
Clubs making the leap from the second tier to the Bundesliga don't tend to fare too well against FC Bayern, who have won 29 of their last 30 top-flight encounters with promoted teams by 96-18. The last time the record champions dropped a point against a promoted side was over seven years ago in a 2-0 loss at Kaiserslautern in August 2010. At the Allianz Arena, Bayern have won each of the last 19 and lost just one of the last 30 (2-1 vs. Cologne in February 2009).
Winkmann in charge
Referee Guido Winkmann is making his first appearance at the Allianz Arena this season. The 44-year-old police officer has previously taken charge of ten FCB home games throughout his career, plus two on the road -- Bayern have won every one of them. He'll be supported tomorrow by Christian Bandurski and Arno Blos. Dr. Robert Kampka is the fourth official, while Tobias Welz and Benedikt Kempkes are the video assistants in Cologne.