Robert Lewandowski (r.) has scored eight goals for Bayern Munich in his last four Bundesliga meetings with Augsburg.
Robert Lewandowski (r.) has scored eight goals for Bayern Munich in his last four Bundesliga meetings with Augsburg.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski: Augsburg's worst nightmare

A trip to face Bayern Munich can be daunting at the best of times, but spare a thought for fellow Bavarians Augsburg this Saturday as they prepare for another clash with their chief tormentor Robert Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena (kick-off 15:30 CET/14:30 GMT).

There are few teams who relish the prospect of facing the Polish marksman, true enough, but Augsburg must sometimes wonder if they did something to upset him in a former life, given just how much Bayern's No.9 seems to enjoy scoring goals against his club's local rivals.

In 12 Bundesliga meetings with FCA, Lewandowski has found the back of the net a whopping 16 times - nine for Bayern and seven for Borussia Dortmund, including two hat-tricks and three braces. Every time he has netted his side have gone on to win, while he has also provided five assists for good measure.

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That record is even more impressive than his formidable Bundesliga tallies against Wolfsburg (15 goals in 14 games), Freiburg (13 in 12) and Mainz (13 in 14). In his last meeting with Manuel Baum's side, on 1 April 2017, he scored three goals and provided two assists in what was essentially a one-man demolition job at the Allianz Arena. The shell-shocked visitors were no doubt left feeling like April Fools as they suffered the heaviest defeat in their Bundesliga history.  

The only potential silver lining for Augsburg heading into Matchday 12 is that Lewandowski may not be 100 per cent fit, having sat out Poland's midweek international friendlies to nurse a minor thigh injury. And the visiting defenders will have to keep their eyes even more fixed on the Pole, who has a new haircut ahead of this weekend's clash, saying "it was time for change" in his style.

Lewandowski will also be looking to sniff out any opportunity to steal a march on his perennial goal-scoring rival Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose BVB side travel to Stuttgart on Friday. If recent history is anything to go by, it could be another long afternoon for Die Fuggerstädter.

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