bundesliga.com brings you the statistical skinny from Matchday 26...
The Bayern results machine rumbles unstoppably on, with Saturday's 2-0 win at 1. FSV Mainz 05 making it an incredible 18 straight victories in the league for Pep Guardiola's charges, further stretching their new all-time record. They left it late this time, though, failing to breach the Mainz defence until the 82nd minute - the longest any side has managed to keep Bayern at bay this season.
Until recently Bayern's closest pursuers, albeit at a safe distance, Bayer Leverkusen are having a wretched time of it at the moment. Sunday's last-minute home loss to 1899 Hoffenheim leaves Sami Hyypiä's troops now with just . In all competitions, Bayer are winless in nine, eight defeats included, and that adds up to their worst run in 18 years, jeopardising their hopes of competing in the UEFA Champions League again next season.
FC Schalke 04 kept pace with local rivals Borussia Dortmund in the race for second place courtesy of a 3-1 win against Eintracht Braunschweig, but that result could certainly have been rather higher given the fact that the Royal Blues had no fewer than – levelling BVB's own division high-mark for the season. Klaas-Jan Hunter scored from a direct free-kick for the first time in the Bundesliga to put the hosts 2-0 up and take his personal tally to six in the last three games.
Hannover keeper has been on the pitch from start to finish on every one of the last 100 Bundesliga matchdays, the only player in the division to do so. The 25-year-old Germany international did not have many other grounds for cheer though as the 96ers went down 3-0 at home to Dortmund. Hannover's four games this season against the top two, BVB and FC Bayern, have thus yielded four defeats, no goals for and ten against.
When he parted company with Hannover last December, Mirko Slomka was on a run of nine consecutive away losses in the Bundesliga. That unfortunate run has carried over to his new posting at Hamburger SV, who have lost their first two games on the road under Slomka's charge. The 1-0 defeat at relegation rivals VfB Stuttgart was HSV's 15th of the campaign, an unwanted club record high after Matchday 26 and one more than they lost in the entire course of last season.