5 facts on the Bundesliga home game against Mainz
League leaders again at last? With a point against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday afternoon (15:30 CEST), Bayern could return to the top of the Bundesliga, at least temporarily, and pile the pressure on current leaders Union Berlin, who won't be in action until the following day against Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, this will first require a strong performance against the in-form visitors from the Rhineland. Find out which runs the Bavarians could extend against the Zerofivers and what other stats are important in the facts and figures for the game on Matchday 12.
1. Mainz catching up, Bayern remain dominant
FSV Mainz 05 have won two of their last three Bundesliga clashes against FC Bayern, a feat otherwise only achieved by FC Augsburg during the same period. Both wins, however, came in Mainz. At the Allianz Arena, on the other hand, the men from Munich have celebrated five straight wins against the Zerofivers. The overall balance also favours the record champions, who have come out on top in 23 of the 32 encounters so far (threedraws, six defeats).
Goals guaranteed against Mainz
Bayern have only failed to score once in their 32 Bundesliga meetings with Mainz - in a goalless draw at home in April 2012. The Munich side's goal average against FSV (2.75) is their highest against any current Bundesliga team.
3. The league's current in-form teams
Both Julian Nagelsmann's and Bo Svensson's sides won their two most recent Bundesliga matches, recording a goal difference of 7:0, which is the best stats in the league over the past two matchdays. Only Eintracht Frankfurt also picked up six points in the same period. With ten points from four games, Bayern are also the most in-form team since the international break in mid-September.
4. Musiala surpasses last season's performance
At TSG Hoffenheim on the last matchday, Jamal Musiala bagged his sixth goal of the campaign in his tenth appearance, equalling his personal record from the 2020/21 Bundesliga season in the process (in 26 games). His ten direct goal contributions this season also equal his personal best from last season. Musiala also shares the top scorer spot in the current competition alongside Gladbach's Marcus Thuram and Bremen's Niclas Füllkrug.
5. Awkward visitors
- FSV Mainz 05 lead the away table in the league this season with twelve points after six games. The only time FSV scored more points in their first six games on the road was in 2010/11 (15), and with four away wins, they've already surpassed their tally from the whole of last season (three). In the last home game, however, Bayern hosted SC Freiburg, up till that point also the best away team in the league, and were still able to celebrate a commanding 5-0 win.
Bayern go into the clash having already secured progress to the Champions League knockout stage with one game left: