7 facts on the top-of-the-table clash at Dortmund
Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern travel to Borussia Dortmund, who are level on points with them in second, to assert their supremacy in the German top flight on Matchday 7. fcbayern.com brings you the important numbers, facts and statistics on Der Klassiker.
1. Bayern lead head-to-head
Bayern and Dortmund are meeting for the 103rd time in the Bundesliga. The Reds have come out on top in nearly half of them (48), alongside 29 draws and 25 defeats. Six of the last seven league encounters have also gone the way of the defending champions -- the exception being a 3-2 defeat in Dortmund in November 2018.
2. A situation that suits Bayern
Bayern know how to fend off their nearest challengers, avoiding defeat in each of their last eight matches as leaders against teams in second place (W6, D2). The last time the German record champions lost a top-of-the-table clash was in January 2015, when they were beaten 4-1 at Wolfsburg.
3. Best defence against best attack
Dortmund boast the best defensive record in the Bundesliga having conceded just two goals and kept a clean sheet in five out of six matchdays. However, now the Black and Yellows' rearguard face the ultimate test against a Bayern side who have netted 24 goals in their opening six matches -- the best attacking record at this stage of the season in Bundesliga history.
4. FCB always score away
Bayern are highly prolific on their travels and have scored in all 20 of their Bundesliga away outings since the start of the 2019/20 season. Should Hansi Flick's men continue that record at Dortmund, they'd be the first visiting team to find the net at Signal Iduna Park this season.
5. A year since Flick's Bundesliga debut
Saturday's headline fixture takes place almost exactly a year to the day since Flick made his Bundesliga debut as Bayern coach. Dortmund were also the opponents on 9 November 2019, when the 55-year-old enjoyed an auspicious 4-0 home win.
Hansi Flick's first year in charge at FC Bayern has been a continuing success story -- a look back:
6. Lewandowski enjoys facing former club
Since moving to Munich in summer 2014, Robert Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in 12 meetings with BVB in the Bundesliga -- including 12 in the last seven alone. Overall, the 32-year-old striker has registered 18 goals in 21 competitive matches against Dortmund, more than he's scored against any other team in a Bayern shirt.
7. Bayern nearing another two-digit winning run
Since the 4-1 defeat at Hoffenheim in late September -- Bayern's only reverse in their last 42 matches in all competitions -- the record champions have racked up nine consecutive wins. Incidentally, that run started with the 3-2 success over Dortmund in the Supercup.
Joshua Kimmich, the match-winner against BVB in the Supercup, has impressed in recent weeks: