Five facts on away game at Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Bayern are away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday evening (17:30 CET) in the final Bundesliga match before the international break. You can find out here why the kick-off time in addition to the current form of the record champions provides hope of a successful match from a Bayern perspective and also other facts and stats about the game:
1. BayArena good hunting ground for Bayern
Bayern have won four of the last five Bundesliga away games at Bayer 04 Leverkusen – since a 3-1 defeat in February 2019 there have been three away victories on the bounce. If the Reds win again that would equal a club negative record for the Werkself (four home defeats in succession against Bayern from 2005 to 2008 and against VfL Wolfsburg from 2018 to 2021). Home and away, Bayern have not suffered defeat against Bayer 04 in the last seven encounters (six wins, one draw).
2. Sundays suit FCB
The team under Julian Nagelsmann have won all five Sunday games in the current Bundesliga campaign with a goal difference of 21 to 2. Since a 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in October 2021, Bayern have only dropped one point in the last ten Sunday fixtures with a 2-2 draw against VfB Stuttgart in May 2022.
3. Strong phase for Bayern
FC Bayern have won eight out of their last nine games and are looking good in all three competitions. The 3-2 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the middle of February is the only defeat for the record champions in the last 25 matches (20 wins, four draws).
4. Prolific Bayern attack
With 71 goals to date, FC Bayern have by far the best attack in the Bundesliga (Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are next with 49 goals each). The 47 goals scored by the Reds in the first 45 minutes is a record after 24 matchdays. The FCB goal machine heads to Leverkusen to face the only defence, alongside bottom-of-the-table TSG Hoffenheim, yet to keep a clean sheet in the Rückrunde.
5. Former Bayern player Xabi Alonso gets Bayer back on track
Reunion with an old friend: Xabi Alonso made 117 appearances for FC Bayern (nine goals) between 2014 and 2017 and now meets his former club for the first time as a coach. Since the Spaniard took over, Leverkusen have picked up 29 points in 16 games and are the fourth best team in the Bundesliga over that period behind FC Bayern (37), Borussia Dortmund (35) and RB Leipzig (34).