Battle for the top in 100th Bundesliga Klassiker


FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund could hardly have found a worthier occasion for their milestone match. Saturday’s meeting at the Allianz Arena is the 100th encounter between the two clubs in the Bundesliga, and it is top spot in the league that’s on the line over the course of the 90 minutes. Of the 99 meetings to date, the Black-Yellows have won 25 of them. The record champions have emerged victories on 45 occasions (29 draws), meaning no team has beaten BVB more often in the German top flight. fcbayern.com has that and other interesting facts ahead of the weekend’s crunch match.

Extend the home run

FCB haven’t simply won their last seven Bundesliga home games in a row, scoring 21 goals and conceding just two, they’ve also come out on top in recent years against Dortmund at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have emerged victorious in the last four league meetings in Munich by an impressive aggregate scoreline of 17-3. This is the third season in a row where Bayern have hosted Borussia on Matchday 28, with the game two years ago ending 4-1 and last year’s encounter a resounding 6-0. This time, however, BVB won’t make things easy for the record champions as they boast the best defence in the league away from home alongside RB Leipzig, conceding just 12 goals all season.

Another change of leaders?

Niko Kovac’s side had to hand back top spot in the league to Dortmund last week, but the Reds want to take that back with a win in Munich. It would be the latest change of Bundesliga leaders in nine years since Bayern went to leaders Schalke with a two-point deficit on Matchday 29 of 2009/10 and won 2-1 in Gelsenkirchen to overtake them. The Reds never relinquished the lead after that.

A real top clash

No teams have shaped the Bundesliga as much as Bayern and Dortmund. They are the only clubs to have won more than one title in the last 25 seasons, claiming 21 of them for themselves (FCB: 16, BVB: 5). That has come to a head even more in recent years with eight of the 16 meetings since summer 2010 seeing first face second.

It isn’t over until it’s over

Borussia Dortmund have won their last two games with goals in injury time. They have netted a league-high nine goals this season after the 90th minute, while striker Paco Alcacer is the first player in Bundesliga history to score five injury-time goals in a single season. Bayern need to remain alert until the final whistle sounds.