Matchday 8 facts
Fri, 20/11/20, 14:44
7 facts on record-breaking fixture against Bremen
History will be made on Saturday on Matchday 8, when FC Bayern and Werder Bremen meet for the 109th time in the Bundesliga, making it the single most played fixture in Germany’s top flight. fcbayern.com has compiled the pertinent facts, figures and stats ahead of this classic north-south battle.
1. Bayern asserting supremacy
For a long time, Bayern versus Bremen was an even contest in the Bundesliga, but in recent years the Munich side have pulled clear. The German record champions have won all of their last 19 Bundesliga meetings against Werder – the longest winning run of this kind in the league. As a result, FCB have enjoyed more than twice as many victories against the Green-Whites (57) as they’ve suffered defeats (26)
2. Last Bremen win over 12 years ago
Across all competitions, Bayern are actually unbeaten in their last 27 matches against Bremen (W24 D3), with a goal difference of 84-17. The Green-Whites’ last success in this fixture was in September 2008 at the Allianz Arena, when they triumphed 5-2.
3. Flick’s side in irresistible form
Bayern have won 33 of their last 34 games in all competitions, the 4-1 defeat at Hoffenheim on Matchday 2 being the only blot on their record. Since then, Hansi Flick’s men have embarked on a 10-match winning run.
4. Landmark for successful coach
Flick will take charge of his 50th competitive game as Bayern coach on Saturday. His record currently stands at 45 wins, one draw and three defeats. Whatever the result against Bremen, no coach in German professional football has ever registered so many wins in their first 50 matches in a job.
5. Milestone Manuel Neuer
Fresh from becoming Germany’s most capped goalkeeper of all time during the week – overtaking Sepp Maier with his 96th international appearance – Manuel Neuer is set for another milestone on Saturday. As well as making his 400th competitive appearance in a Bayern jersey, the 34-year-old could keep his 196th clean sheet in the Bundesliga, which would equal the record held by current FCB board member Oliver Kahn.
6. Another of Lewandowski’s favourite opponents
Robert Lewandowski has scored 19 goals in his 16 previous competitive meetings with Werder Bremen – most recently in the 1-0 win in June 2020 that clinched an eighth successive league title. With 11 goals after seven matchdays this term, the Polish star striker has equalled his own Bundesliga record from last season and already has two more goals to his name than the entire Bremen team.
7. Bremen and 1-1
Florian Kohfeldt’s side head to Bavaria unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga matches, although they’ve drawn 1-1 in each of the last four after two wins. Only one other Bundesliga club have drawn so many games by the same scoreline in the history of the German top flight: Bayer Leverkusen recorded five consecutive 1-1 draws in the 1980/81 season.