Kovac joins 100 club

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Bayern boss Niko Kovac will be celebrating a milestone on Saturday. The match against his former club Hertha BSC, for whom he made a total of 75 Bundesliga appearances (eight goals) across two spells, will be the 47-year-old’s 100th as a coach in the Bundesliga. fcbayern.com has all the other essential facts and figures on this fixture.

Hertha winless in Munich for 41 years

Berlin-born Kovac is well informed when it comes to Hertha, not least because it’s only 18 days since the two sides met at the Olympiastadion in the last 16 of the DFB Cup. FCB won 3-2 after extra-time on that occasion and in doing so ended a run of four games without victory against the capital club (three draws, one defeat). The prospects look good that they’ll now be able to start a positive run of their own, since Hertha are winless in 23 visits to Munich (18 Bayern wins, five draws), dating back to October 1977. The Berliners haven’t even managed to score in their last four games at the Allianz Arena.

Positive record overall for FCB

Saturday’s Matchday 23 clash will be the 68th encounter between the two teams in the Bundesliga. The German record champions have the upper hand by some distance with 38 wins to Hertha’s 10, while the points have been shared on 19 occassions. Hertha have suffered more defeats and conceded more goals (152) against Bayern than anyone else in the top flight.

Bayern top of the form table

Victory over Hertha would bring Bayern level on points with leaders Borussia Dortmund, at least temporarily, for the first time since late September. BVB are currently three points clear at the top but don’t play their match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen until Sunday (18:00 CET). Kovac’s side can therefore turn up the pressure once again having closed the gap in recent weeks. FCB have collected 27 points in their last 10 Bundesliga games, more than anyone else.

Kimmich the creator

Bayern right-back Joshua Kimmich leads the way in the Bundesliga assists chart after setting up a goal for the 10th time this season in the 3-2 win at Augsburg last Friday. The 24-year-old has already beaten his personal record from last season – and there are still 12 matches left of the current campaign.

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