Summary

  • Bayern welcome Leipzig for title showdown on Matchday 16.
  • Hosts are Bundesliga's best home team; visitors boast league's best away record.
  • Sides locked on 36 points ahead of Wednesday's meeting.

It is the mother of all festive feasts for football fans worldwide on Wednesday night when FC Bayern München host RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena (kick-off 20:00CET/19:00GMT), with a place at the top of the Bundesliga tree at Christmas awaiting the winners.

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Although Bayern are yet to hit the imperious heights of 2015/16 so far under Carlo Ancelotti's tenure, the Bavarians are still doing what they do best: winning games. The champions approach this on top of the league and off the back of a four-game Bundesliga winning streak, having scored 11 goals and conceded just two in that period. Robert Lewandowski is back in form in front of goal, while Thiago Alcantara is enjoying the season of his life in central midfield.

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Level on 36 points with Bayern at the top of the German football pile sit Leipzig. The Eastern upstarts have drawn admiring glances from across the continent so far this season with their swashbuckling attacking style and youthful outlook. Ralph Hasenhüttl has worked wonders with the promoted side, who come into this one boasting and the top-scoring German striker in Timo Werner (nine goals).

Timo Werner has been in fine form for Leipzig this season.

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  • Leipzig have the best record of any promoted side at this stage of a season ever.
  • The UEFA Champions League is a realistic goal for Hasenhüttl's side: 15 clubs have boasted 36 points at this stage of a season before, with 12 going on to be crowned champions, two finishing second and one finishing fourth.
  • Bayern are the Bundesliga's best side on home turf; Leipzig the Bundesliga's best side away from home.
  • This will be Hasenhüttl's 50th Bundesliga game as a coach.
  • Bayern have the highest average age of any Bundesliga side this season (27.9); Leipzig have the youngest (24.1)
  • The Bavarians have won their last 25 games against promoted sides: the last time they failed to do so was against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in August 2010 (2-0 defeat).
  • Lewandowski has scored against 17 of the 18 current Bundesliga clubs: if he finds the net against Leipzig, he will be the only active player to have scored against every current Bundesliga club.
  • Bayern's Javi Martinez is yet to lose a Bundesliga game in 2016.

The Venue - Allianz Arena