7 facts ahead of Leipzig showdown
It's first against second at the Allianz Arena on Sunday as FC Bayern host RB Leipzig in the big game of Bundesliga Matchday 21. Here are seven interesting facts and stats to show off to your friends before the game.
1. Battle of the top scorers
Robert Lewandowski (22 goals) and Timo Werner (20) are currently engaged in the highest-quality contest for the top goalscorer crown in the Bundesliga's 57-year history. Never before have the top two players on the list had so many goals to their name after 20 matchdays as these two rivals, who'll be looking to demonstrate their accuracy on Sunday evening in Munich.
2. No joy for Leipzig in Munich
No points, no goals and never 11 men on the pitch at the end – Leipzig have got nothing from their trips to Munich thus far, losing all three of their away matches at the Allianz Arena without scoring and also having a player sent off in each one. The Red Bulls have not played any other Bundesliga side so many times away from home without getting a result.
3. Bayern's best start to the second half of the season
Hansi Flick's men have recorded the best start to the second half of a Bundesliga campaign in the club's history with three wins, 12 goals scored and just one conceded. In fact, before this season, no team had ever started the second half so well, but now two teams have – Borussia Dortmund have also started the new year equally well, with three wins and a goal difference of 15:4.
4. Bayern scoring more than ever
The German record champions have scored 58 goals in 20 league matches this term, making them the best attack in the Bundesliga. It's also the highest number of goals the Reds have ever had at this stage of the season, breaking the previous record of 56 set in the 1973/74 campaign! In Bundesliga history, only Werder Bremen (59 in the 1984/85 season and 58 in 1985/86) and Hamburger SV (59 in 1981/82) have reached this mark before.
Bayern have scored at least one goal in every Bundesliga match this season - one of the best came from Leon Goretzka in the 5-0 victory over Schalke 04 on Matchday 19:
5. Reds on a roll
Bayern are the only Bundesliga team to have taken maximum points from their last six matches. With six wins out of six, Flick's men have gained seven points on Leipzig and replaced the Saxons at the top of the table.
6. Six out of nine meetings gone Bayern's way
These two sides are meeting in a competitive fixture for the tenth time and the men from Munich are clearly ahead in the head-to-head record. Along with five wins, the record champions also knocked RB out of the DFB Cup last 16 in October 2017 with a 5-4 win on penalties. There have been two draws and just one win for Leipzig.
7. Leipzig the comeback kings
RB Leipzig have won 13 points from losing positions in the Bundesliga this season – more than anyone else in the top flight. Not only that: their 16 goals in the final quarter of an hour is also a league high.