League leaders FC Bayern round off a busy week with a home match against second-from-bottom Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday (12:30pm ET). Julian Nagelsmann’s side are just one goal shy of setting a new historic record. Read on to find out what that is, and what the other important numbers around the fixture are.
1. Bayern closing in on annual record
Bayern have scored an incredible 101 goals in the Bundesliga so far in this calendar year, equalling the record set by 1. FC Köln in 1977. If the pattern continues, a new record will go down in the history books after the meeting with Bielefeld, as the Munich men have scored at least once in each of their last 59 league matches.
2. Upset unlikely
The stats going into the match don’t exactly give the visitors much encouragement. Bielefeld have only ever won once away from home against the league leaders in the Bundesliga, and that was over 50 years ago – a 2-0 victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach in February 1971.
3. Müller on the heels of ‘Der Kaiser’
Thomas Müller is set to make his 396th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern on Saturday, which would draw him level with Franz Beckenbauer. Only five players have racked up more games for the record champions in Germany’s top flight. Sepp Maier is right at the top with 473, but Klaus Augenthaler (404) and Hans-Georg ‘Katsche’ Schwarzenbeck (416) in fifth and fourth place are well within Müller’s reach this season.
Müller reached another special milestone just last weekend with his 600th appearance for Bayern at Augsburg:
4. FCB’s impressive home record
The last meeting between Bayern and Bielefeld at a snowy Allianz Arena in February ended in a 3-3 draw, with the East Westphalians taking a point from Munich for the first time since 1985. Otherwise, the record champions’ home record against DSC speaks for itself: out of 18 matches, they’ve lost just one, a 4-0 reverse in March 1979 (W14 D3).
5. Bielefeld’s run of conceding in Munich
That 4-0 defeat is also the only time that Bayern have failed to score at home to Arminia. In the 15 home matches since, FCB have found the net in every one at an average of 2.7 goals per game. Bielefeld do not have a longer run of conceding against any other current Bundesliga side.
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