5 facts on the DFB Cup tie at Augsburg
Fresh from qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage and beating Freiburg 5-0 in the Bundesliga, Bayern turn their attention to the DFB Cup. The Reds make the short journey to Augsburg for the second round on Wednesday. Here's all the facts on this cup tie...
1. Strong cup record against Augsburg
This will be the fifth time FCB have faced their near neighbours in the DFB Cup, looking to maintain their run of progressing to the next round from the last four ties. The most recent meeting was also in the second round in October 2016, with Bayern winning 3-1. The first cup meeting back in August 1943 saw Augsburg prevail.
2. Next Müller record in sight
Thomas Müller is also chasing a record in the DFB Cup. He missed the weekend with a muscular problem, but he could claim another place in history if he features in a victory in Augsburg. It would be the 52nd game in the competition that he'd won (penalty shootouts are classified as draws) in his 62nd DFB Cup appearance. Only Mirko Votava has previously ever recorded so many victories in the German Cup (from 79 games).
3. Beware Augsburg
However, Bayern need to be wary of Augsburg, who have won two of the last three editions of this fixture across competitions. Both of those came at the WWK Arena. The last team against whom Bayern lost more than two away games in a row was Paris Saint-Germain (four between 1994 and 2017).
4. Scoring on the road
Bayern have chalked up an impressive 32 goals in their nine away fixtures so far this season, which works out at 3.5 per game. However, the only match outside of Munich where FCB fired a blank was the 1-0 loss away at Augsburg in September.
5. Give everything to reach the last 16
The recent defeat to Augsburg isn't the only thing that will give this Bayern team extra motivation. There's also the fact that they have fallen at the second round in the last two years. Julian Nagelsmann and his team will want to ensure there's no repeat of that this time and they take the next step on the road to Berlin.