Milestone match against Gladbach
On Saturday evening FC Bayern contest their first Bundesliga match after wrapping up their sixth German championship title in a row. But even if the championship shield is not at stake any longer, the match against Borussia Mönchengladbach yields a number of remarkable facts and anecdotes. fcbayern.com has compiled the most interesting facts and stats prior to the clash.
Saturday's match will be the 100th edition of the classic between Bayern and Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. The German record champions have only contested more Bundesliga matches against Hamburger SV (106) and Werder Bremen (104). FC Bayern have won 47 and lost 23 matches, with 29 games ending in a draw. Both teams have conceded more goals against their opponents than against any other team. Bayern have scored 185 goals, whereas Gladbach have found the net 123 times.
Landmark for Gladbach
Another milestone: Gladbach will contest their 1,700th Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena. Borussia have won 683 and lost 567 matches in Germany's top flight, with 449 games ending in a draw. Gladbach are lying sixth in the all-time Bundesliga table.
Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles. The champions heeded these words, conceding only 21 goals so far this season, by far a best-mark in the Bundesliga. Javi Martínez embodies Bayern's defensive discipline. The Bavarians only concede a Bundesliga every 178 minutes with Martínez out on the pitch. No other player with at least 100 Bundesliga appearances boasts a similar number in his career.
Impressive streak at the Allianz Arena
FC Bayern have gone unbeaten in 36 Bundesliga home matches, winning 29 and drawing seven. The last team to take three points away from Munich were Mainz, when they won 2-1 in March 2016. Bayern have never boasted a longer streak since the inauguration of the Allianz Arena in 2005. The Bayern fans most recently celebrated 6-0 home victories against Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund. No club in Bundesliga history has achieved more than two consecutive home victories by six or more goals
Gladbach's captain suspended
Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking will have to make do without captain Lars Stindl, who will serve a one-match ban. His team-mates Denis Zakaria, who has picked up nine bookings so far, and Jannik Vestergaard (four) would be suspended for one match if they see another yellow card on Saturday. Bayern's Thomas Müller, Sandro Wagner, Jérôme Boateng and Rafinha sail close to the wind too, all on four bookings.
Kampka in charge
Dr Robert Kampka will be the man with the whistle for the match. The 36-year-old has overseen only one Bundesliga match involving the Reds, taking charge of the 4-2 home victory over Werder Bremen on Matchday 19 this season. His assistants will be Robert Kempter and Benedikt Kempkes, with Rafael Foltyn acting as fourth official. Sascha Stegemann and Johann Pfeifer will be the video assistants.