FCB might seal championship title
Sat, 31/03/18, 09:00
Premiere in the milestone match?
The last time FC Bayern sealed the German championship title in Munich dates back to the year 2000, when they won 3-1 against Bremen while Leverkusen lost to Unterhaching. Bayern have always clinched the title on the road since then, and they have never done so at the Allianz Arena. Saturday's match against Borussia Dortmund will be a first for the Bavarians if Schalke 04 fail to win at home against Freiburg (kick-off at 15.30 CET) and Bayern win the top match, which kicks off at 18.30. They would win their sixth consecutive championship title, but their first in Fröttmaning. fcbayern.com has compiled the facts and stats ahead of the cracker.
FC Bayern cross swords with BVB for the 120th time in a competitive match since the foundation of the Bundesliga in 1963. The record is stacked in favour of the German record champions, who have won 55 and lost only 30 encounters. With regard to league matches the record is even more clear-cut. Bayern have won 44 out of 97 encounters, losing only 24, with 182 goals scored and 119 conceded. The two teams have faced off twice this season, Bayern winning 3-1 in the Bundesliga and 2-1 in the DFB Cup last sixteen. The Bavarians have never beaten the Ruhr valley outfit in three competitive matches in one season.
Saturday's match will be Bayern's 1,800th Bundesliga match and their 900th league match at home. Only Hamburg (1,859) and Bremen (1,825) have contested more Bundesliga matches.
Duel of the top strikers
The league's two most prolific strikers might face off on Saturday. Michy Batshuayi has been involved in seven goals since he joined Borussia in January, scoring six and setting up one goal. The Belgian scores every 95 minutes, a number topped only by Robert Lewandowski, who needs 81 minutes per goal.
Stöger without league defeat
Borussia have not lost any of their 12 league matches since Peter Stöger took over, winning seven and drawing five. Only FC Bayern have clocked up more points (31) than Borussia (26) in this period. However, the Austrian has yet to win against Bayern in a competitive match, losing six and drawing one game. Jupp Heynckes on the other hand has not lost any of his last seven encounters with BVB, winning five and drawing two matches.
No players will miss the top clash with one-match bans. However, Bayern's Thomas Müller, Sandro Wagner and Rafinha have all picked up four yellow cards so far and would face a suspension in case of another booking. Borussia's Mahmoud Dahoud and Roman Bürki sail close to the wind too.
Dankert in charge
Bastian Dankert will be the man with the whistle for Saturday evening's match. The 37-year-old from Rostock previously oversaw Bayern's 2-0 victory away to Bremen on Matchday 2. His assistants will be René Rohde and Markus Häcker, with Martin Petersen acting as fourth official. Harm Osmers and Florian Heft will be the video assistants.