Robert Lewandowski will be looking to claim victory on the opening Matchday of a Bundesliga season for the ninth time in a row. - © Matthias Hangst/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski will be looking to claim victory on the opening Matchday of a Bundesliga season for the ninth time in a row. - © Matthias Hangst/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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Matchday 1 records and stats from throughout history

With champions Bayern Munich looking to start their title defence in style, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig out to seize the throne and promoted sides keen to make a splash, the Bundesliga's opening Matchday is always a highlight of the German football calendar.

bundesliga.com looks into the history of the Bundesliga's opening weekend to see what trends you should have your eyes on in 2020/21...

  • Despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Hertha Berlin on Matchday 1 of 2019/20, it probably comes as no surprise to learn that Bayern have the strongest opening-day record of all Bundesliga clubs, with an average of 2.1 points per game.
  • Bayern have also won a league-best 35 of their Matchday 1 fixtures, scored a record 125 goals and topped the opening-day table more than any other club (11 times). VfB Stuttgart are next, heading the overall post-Matchday 1 standings on seven occasions.

Watch: Robert Lewandowski's brace wasn't enough for all three points against Hertha on Matchday 1 of last season

  • The team that has finished Matchday 1 in second place has gone on to be relegated more times (seven) than winning the league (six times).
  • The Matchday 1 leader has ended the season as champions on 11 occasions, and - statistically - has the best chance of doing so. The third-placed team has triumphed 10 times; only a team that was 11th, 15th or 18th has never gone on to win the title. A 17th-in-the-table team has done so three times, however.
  • Bayern suffered the heaviest opening-day defeat on record when they lost 6-0 away to Kickers Offenbach in 1974/75, before beating Werder Bremen by the same scoreline in 2016/17.

Watch: Xabi Alonso scored a veritable rocket as Bayern launched themselves into 2016/17

  • A total of 144 teams have been relegated over the course of the past 57 Bundesliga seasons. Almost 23 percent of the teams in question began the season with a win; 56 percent avoided defeat.
  • Thirty-eight percent of the 144 teams promoted to the Bundesliga since 1964 have suffered an immediate relegation to the second tier.
  • Four teams that topped the Matchday 1 standings have been relegated: Hansa Rostock (1991/92), Karlsruhe (1997/98), Borussia Mönchengladbach (1998/99) and Arminia Bielefeld (2002/03).
  • On the flip side, 76 teams that occupied a place in the bottom two after Matchday 1 avoided relegation come the end of the season.

Bundesliga 2 champions Arminia Bielefeld will want to avoid a repeat of the 2002/03 season which saw them relegated having topped the table after Matchday 1. - Stuart Franklin/Pool/Getty Images

  • Bremen, the Bundesliga's longest-serving member, have featured in more Matchday 1 fixtures than any other club (56). Bayern and Hamburg are next on the list (55).
  • Borussia Dortmund have suffered more Matchday 1 defeats than any other club (22).
  • Bremen have conceded the highest number of Matchday 1 goals (89); Bayern and Hamburg have been involved in games with the most (179).
  • The record number of Matchday 1 goals fell in 1986/87 (42). By contrast, 15 goals represents the lowest-scoring start to a season (2017/18).
  • Klaus Fichtel, Eike Immel, Manfred Kaltz and Karl-Heinz Körbel share the record for most Matchday 1 appearances (17).
  • Former Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was involved in a Bundesliga-best 11 Matchday 1 wins.

Gio Reyna (l.) and Erling Haaland (r.) will be looking to avoid adding to Borussia Dortmund's unwanted record of the most opening day defeats of any Bundesliga team. - gettyimages

  • In 2019/20, two players - Lewandowski and Paco Alcacer - scored opening-day braces for the first time since 2016/17.
  • A Bayern player has scored the first goal of a season a league-leading 15 times. Dortmund are next (eight players), followed by Duisburg (four).
  • The average record attendance on Matchday 1 was set in 2011 - 51,344 - when Bayern, Dortmund and Hertha were all playing at home.
  • Lewandowski has featured in more successive Matchday 1 wins than any player in Bundesliga history (eight).
  • Union Berlin are the only Bundesliga team without a single Matchday 1 point to their name. Die Eisernen lost their debut outing in the German top flight 4-0 to RB Leipzig in 2019/20.