Kovac chases Ancelotti's start record
With seven victories from his first seven matches as Bayern head coach, Niko Kovac has made the perfect start with the German record champions. This start could even become a historic one with another win against FC Augsburg on Tuesday evening, as Carlo Ancelotti is to date the only person to have won eight games at the beginning of a term of office at FC Bayern - a feat he achieved late in the summer of 2016. fcbayern.com has dipped into the facts and figures for the clash of the Bavarian neighbours.
Bayern are a potent Oktoberfest force at home
The best time of the year in Munich is during the Wiesn– the Oktoberfest. That view is shared by the German record champions, who remain unbeaten in the last 16 home games in all competitions during the Oktoberfest (14 wins, two draws) - and they've done it with 51 goals scored to just seven conceded. FC Bayern's last home defeat during the Wiesn happened exactly eight years to the day before the clash with Augsburg: On 25 September 2010, FSV Mainz captured all three points at the Allianz Arena - the 2-1 defeat taking place during head coach Louis van Gaal's tenure.
15th Bundesliga clash
FC Augsburg have been a top-tier club since the summer of 2011, and we're now seeing the 15th neighbourhood duel between FCA and FCB in the Bundesliga. The stats are impressive from Bayern's point of view: twelve wins for the Reds to two Augsburg victories. Both in 2014 and 2015, however, Bayern had already been crowned German champions before defeat at the hands of their neighbours. FCB should have particularly fond memories of their last meeting when they won 4-1 in Augsburg in April to clinch a sixth championship in a row. On average, the results so far reflect a score of 2.57 points per Bundesliga match against Augsburg, more than against any other Bundesliga team.
Robert Lewandowski is particularly fond of scoring against FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga: although the Poland player didn't play in their last clash with FCA in April, the Bayern fans were able to celebrate nine Lewy goals in their four previous matches with their neighbours. In his Bundesliga career, the 30-year-old has scored a total of 18 goals in 13 matches against Augsburg. Not only is this a personal record for the Poland international, but at the same time no other player in the history of the Bundesliga has scored as often against the Swabians from Bavaria.