Professionals | 03/03/2017

Match Preview: Bayern Munich

Historic Opportunity

1. FC Köln host Bundesliga record champions FC Bayern Munich at the RheinEnergieSTADION on Saturday. A look at the statistics prove the dominance of the Bavarians this season.

There are few certainties in life. What we do know as a certainty are death, taxes, and the undisputed dominance of FC Bayern Munich. Five points separate Bayern from second-placed RB Leipzig, while their recent 8-0 victory against Hamburger SV has cushioned their goal difference handsomely. Most recently, Bayern disposed of FC Schalke 04 (3-0) in the DFB-Pokal to secure a place in the semifinals. The Bavarians have lost just once this Bundesliga season (on the road against Dortmund) and their last defeat in the running season was on 23 November 2016 in a Champions League match against Rostov. Since the summer of 2012, Bayern have lost just eleven times in the Bundesliga.

Pure Dominance

It is hard to find a statistical category in which Bayern are not top of their class. They are the fairest team in the league and are the only side not to have a sending off this season. The 19 goals scored by Robert Lewandowski makes him the joint top-scorer alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of BVB. Manuel Neuer has ten clean sheets – a league best. Munich also have the most goals scored (54) and the fewest conceded (13).

Bayern are currently on path to win the Bundesliga for a record fifth consecutive time. This would be building on their success of last year, in which they set the record with a fourth consecutive championship. The fact that the local media started discussions of a small “crisis” following the 1-1 draw against 1. FC Köln in the Hinrunde says everything about a club that has continued to set the standard for excellence in German football.

History as Hope

Having read all of that, how could an FC fan possibly feel positive going into this match? For one thing, FC have not lost a match at home since April of 2016. Also a positive: Bayern have conceded an average of 1.3 goals per game against FC – the highest average out of any Bundesliga opponent. Bayern have also “only” won 47 percent of their matches against FC. Only against Dortmund and Wattenscheid do Bayern have a lower winning percentage.

Match Details

  • Jonas Hector is suspended, having picked up his fifth yellow card in the running season.
  • The match is sold out.
  • Dr. Jochen Drees will be the referee in charge.

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