7 facts on cup semi-final against Frankfurt
Just 18 days after doing battle in the Bundesliga at the end of May, FC Bayern and Eintracht meet again at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening (kick-off 20:45 CEST) – and this time a place in the DFB Cup final is at stake. fcbayern.com has rounded up the facts and stats regarding the semi-final clash.
1. Home advantage favours FCB
Matches involving Bayern and Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena have tended to be one-sided affairs in recent times. The German record champions are unbeaten in their last 15 home games (all in the Bundesliga) against Eintracht, winning 14 of them, while they’ve also won each of the last 11 with a goal difference of 38:6.
2. Bayern regulars in the semi-finals
Bayern were 1-0 winners over Schalke in the last round as they reached the last four for the 11th year in a row – something no team has ever managed before. In seven of the 10 previous years, FCB have progressed to the final.
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3. Goals guaranteed
A goalless draw after 120 minutes is unlikely on Wednesday evening. Bayern have found the net in each of their last 21 cup ties, Frankfurt in their last 15.
4. Neuer nearing clean sheet record
If Hansi Flick’s side end that goalscoring run of Frankfurt’s, Manuel Neuer will be on the verge of a record. The Bayern captain has kept 32 clean sheets in the cup in his career and could now equal the all-time record of 33 set by predecessor Oliver Kahn.
5. Previous winners
Bayern have 19 DFB Cup trophies in their collection, making them by far the most successful team in the history of the competition. Eintracht Frankfurt are joint-third having lifted the cup five times, one behind second-placed Werder Bremen.
6. Record man Müller
No player has experienced more DFB Cup semi-finals than Thomas Müller, who has already appeared at this stage of the competition 10 times. The Bayern stalwart has also scored seven goals in semi-finals. If Müller celebrates another victory on Wednesday evening, he’ll crack another record: the 30-year-old is just one cup win away from the record of 47 which is shared by Sepp Maier and Gerd Müller.
7. Frankfurt’s cup pedigree
Eintracht have had their fair share of success in the DFB Cup in recent years, reaching the semi-finals in three of the last four campaigns and going all the way to the final in the last two. The Eagles have also come out on top in seven of their last eight cup meetings with fellow Bundesliga sides – with the exception of the 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the 2017 final.