6 facts ahead of Leverkusen trip
With four wins from four games, things couldn't have gone better for FC Bayern since the Bundesliga restart. Hansi Flick's side will be looking to keep that run going when they take on Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday. So that you're well-briefed before the match, here are the key facts and figures ahead of the meeting.
1. Way ahead in overall record
These two sides have faced off 81 times previously in the Bundesliga, with Bayern winning the majority (47). The Munich men have been beaten by the 'Werkself' 18 times, while there have been 16 draws. Bayer 04 have actually won the last two meetings, but they've never before recorded three consecutive wins against FCB.
Bayern made it eight league wins in a row last weekend. The last time they went on a run like this was under Jupp Heynckes in the 2017/18 campaign, when they enjoyed 10 successive victories.
3. Two potential milestones
Two Bayern players could celebrate personal milestones if they feature on Saturday. For Thiago, it would be his 150th Bundesliga appearance, while Leon Goretzka could play his 50th Bundesliga match in Bayern colours.
4. League record in sight
FCB are chasing their own league record for most points in the second half of the season. Currently they're on 34 points from 12 matches, the second best in Bundesliga history after the 36-point tally they recorded in the 2012/13 campaign. Leverkusen have also been in good form since the turn of the year, though. With 28 points, the Werkself have delivered the joint-best *Rückrunde*in the club's history and have already picked up as many points as they did during the entire first half of the season.
5. Averaging a goal a game
Robert Lewandowski has 29 goals from 29 matchdays this season -- a personal record and one that only Gerd Müller bettered in the 1971/72 campaign (34 goals after 29 matchdays). With 43 goals across all competitions, the Pole has already equalled his personal best from the 2016/17 season and his stats this term are significantly better, scoring every 75 minutes on average.
6. Advantage of being top
As league leaders, Bayern can go into Saturday's match with particularly high confidence. Leverkusen have lost their last four meetings with the team at the top of the table, and are winless in seven.
Leon Goretzka was the guest on the club channel FC Bayern.tv live this week and spoke about topics including the upcoming match and his role on the pitch. We picked out the best quotes for you: