7 facts on the crunch Bundesliga clash at Dortmund
The champions travel to the runners-up - or simply BVB vs. FCB! On Saturday evening (18:30 CEST), it's time for the fixture that never gets old between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Both teams are level on points and looking to get back to the top of the league as quickly as possible. Check out our facts and stats on the match to find out who has the edge in the head-to-head:
1. FCB are Dortmund's bogey team
This is the 107th meeting between the two rivals in the Bundesliga. FC Bayern have won just under half of the games (52) and BVB only around a quarter (25, with 29 draws). The Black and Yellows have gone down to the Reds more times than against any other Bundesliga team, and they've also failed to score against the record champions more often than against any other side (29 times).
2. Bayern's winning streak against BVB
FC Bayern have won ten of the last 11 Bundesliga matches against Borussia Dortmund. In the last encounter in April, Julian Nagelsmann's team clinched the championship with a 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena. Including the DFL Supercup, it was Bayern's eighth consecutive competitive win against the Black and Yellows - in the professional era, BVB's only similar previous losing streak was against Hamburger SV from 1982 to 1985. There hasn't been a longer one against one and the same club.
3. BVB defence fails to stand up to Bayern
Since a 1-0 defeat in November 2016, FC Bayern have netted in every one of their 11 Bundesliga matches against BVB, scoring 38 goals in the process - in this period, the record champions have only racked up as many goals against VfL Wolfsburg, and haven't scored more than that against any other team.
4. Teenager Musiala shaking up the Bundesliga
Jamal Musiala, who is just 19 years old, has already scored five goals in the first eight matchdays of this season. In Bundesliga history, there has only ever been one player in his teens who has netted as many times this early in the campaign: Bayern legend Gerd Müller even managed seven goals in his first eight games in 1965/66. Musiala is thus both Bayern's top scorer and has the most goal contributions (five goals, three assists) in the league this season. Another goal would see the Germany international already equalling his personal best from the 2020/21 season (six goals in 26 games).
5. Coman the win guarantor
Kingsley Coman could return to the squad on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring strain, giving Bayern a statistical advantage: The Frenchman has won all nine of his clashes against Dortmund in the Bundesliga so far. In the history of the German top flight, no other player has played in this fixture so often and always won. Coman also holds the records for the longest winning streak of a player in the so-called Klassiker as well as the most appearances in this encounter without losing (alongside Carsten Jancker and Thorsten Fink).
6. FCB wrap things up early
In the league, Julian Nagelsmann's team have already scored 16 first-half goals this season, while no other Bundesliga side have managed more than nine. That means the men from Munich have now equalled their own record from the last campaign, when they were also successful 16 times in the first 45 minutes on the first eight matchdays.
7. Bayern aiming to stop Dortmund run
After failing to score for the first time in 87 games in the 1-0 defeat in Augsburg before the international break, the Munich side proved in the 4-0 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen that they're determined to start a new run. However, it will be just as important for the record champions to thwart a run by their opponents on Saturday: Dortmund have scored at least one goal in each of their last 38 Bundesliga home games and could now beat the previous club record from 2018 to 2020. Manuel Neuer and Co. will probably have something to say about that, though.
Bayern also boast an impressive record-breaking run in the Champions League: