Professionals | 26/02/2021

Matchday 23

The Number Crunch: The trip to Bayern

A good omen, a good run and Bayern brilliance. 1. FC Köln travel to Munich this weekend to take on FC Bayern. Here are 10 stats and facts to get you ready for Matchday.

FC’s last three wins against Bayern Munich have come in February. A 3:2 home win in 2011, a 2:1 away triumph in 2009 and a 2:0 victory at the Olympiastadion back in 1998. An omen?

At home away from home?

Markus Gisdol’s men are looking to go unbeaten against the Champions League sides away from home this season. A 2:1 win against Borussia Dortmund was followed by a 0:0 draw against RB Leipzig and a 2:1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayern now lie in wait.

FC’s strength has lain away from home this campaign. 15 of 21 points have come away from Müngersdorf, meaning results outside of Köln count for 71% of the points total – the highest percentage in the Bundesliga.

As expected, a lot of hard work will be needed to get points from Bayern. Both Arminia Bielefeld and Eintracht Frankfurt covered over 120km against Bayern, something which FC proved they are capable of in the 2:1 over Borussia Dortmund (123.6km).

For Hansi Flick, this game takes on a special meaning. Flick ended his career at FC following a move from Bayern. In total, Flick made a combined 193 appearances for the two clubs.

No team has conceded more often in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season than FC (7). Behind them? FC Bayern. Hansi Flick’s side are one of five times to have conceded five times. Will there be early goals in Munich?

Robert Lewandowski proved during the week that, no matter how many games might be in his legs, he just keeps on scoring. Lewandowski currently has 26 goals after 22 Matchdays this season, a Bundesliga record. Gerd Müller’s mark of 40 is within the Bayern striker’s sights.

Musiala making waves

Jamal Musiala added to his list of firsts in the Champions League on Tuesday, becoming the youngest ever German goalscorer in the competition. Musiala is also Bayern’s youngest ever Bundesliga player and goalscorer.

Serge Gnabry always enjoys playing against FC. The Bayern winger has scored seven Bundesliga goals against FC in his career to date – more than against any other club.

Despite having to play right-back in the last few games, Niklas Süle still boasts the second best challenges won percentage in the Bundesliga. Only Salif Sané (72%) is above Süle (69%). The Bayern defender has committed just five fouls in 15 appearances thus far. 

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Total table
16Hertha BSC26
171. FC Köln23
18FC Schalke 0413