First meeting in 30 years
Sun, 29/10/23, 16:43
The facts on Bayern's DFB Cup clash at Saarbrücken
It's a long time since these two old clubs came up against each other. Around 30 years since their last encounter in the Bundesliga, FC Bayern visit 1. FC Saarbrücken in the second round of the DFB Cup on Wednesday night (20:45 CET). Back in April 1993, FCB ran out convincing 6-0 winners at the Olympiastadion – but it hasn't always gone that well for the Munich men. Here are the facts and figures on the game:
All cup clashes gone Bayern's way
Bayern and Saarbrücken are meeting for the fifth time in this competition, and the Bavarians have gone through on all four previous occassions. However, in the Bundesliga – where the teams have faced off eight times – the state capital of Saarland has not been a happy hunting ground for FCB. Bayern have not visited any other club in the top flight so often without ever winning (two draws, two defeats). Luckily, it's the DFB Cup on the schedule on Wednesday.
Bayern get the job done against underdogs
Having knocked out SC Preußen Münster (4-0) in the first round, Thomas Tuchel's side face 3. Liga opponents again on Wednesday. The record cup winners have always lived up to their favourites role in these games and have progressed in each of their last 27 cup ties against clubs from below the top two divisions of German football. The last time this wasn't the case was over 20 years ago, when the Munich men were unluckily beaten 4-2 on penalties by fourth-tier outfit 1. FC Magdeburg in the second round of the 2000/01 season.
Choupo's favourite competition
This man loves the cup! Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting put FCB in front early on in Münster with his 10th goal in only his seventh DFB Cup appearance for Bayern – what a record! Since his move to Munich in 2020, no other player has scored as many goals in the competition as the Cameroon striker. On average, Choupo-Moting finds the net every 50 minutes for FCB in the DFB Cup. That's the best average for a player with at least three goals in the cup since Bayern's promotion to the Bundesliga in 1965.
Saarbrücken made cup history
The hosts are taking part in the DFB Cup for the first time since the 2019/20 campaign. While Bayern were making history that season with the treble, Saarbrücken also caused a sensation of their own as they became the first team from the fourth division to reach the semi-finals of the cup. They eventually lost 3-0 at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayern's opponents in the final. FCS have won five of their last six cup matches, though.