Summary

  • Lewandowski has scored every time he's faced Ingolstadt.
  • Köln enjoying best season since 1989/90.
  • Darmstadt one of only two teams BVB's Reus is yet to score against.

As Bundesliga title races go, the current edition continues to be brilliant - both in terms of on-field action and for the data collectors who trawl the statistics.

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Turning into the home straight, it’s FC Bayern München leading RB Leipzig; the Bavarian bloodstock besting the Saxony stallion by a neck. A glance at the form guide suggests that Bayern – who face FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday – may maintain that slim advantage after the weekend.

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Despite the galloping efforts of Die Schanzer in the corresponding fixture against Carlo Ancelotti’s side last September – when the visitors ran a collective seven kilometres more than the reigning champions at the Allianz Arena – Ingolstadt still lost 3-1. In fact, in their four games against Bayern, Maik Walpurgis’s men have yet to win, with their nemesis - Robert Lewandowski - scoring in every encounter against them.

If seeking inspiration, Ingosltadt could consider the merits of 1. FC Köln [in seventh], who visit SC Freiburg on Sunday. The Billy Goats have gobbled up a princely 32 points from 19 games to date, their highest total since the 1989/90 campaign.

Robert Lewandowski will be looking to continue his incredible scoring run against Ingolstadt this weekend. © gettyimages

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That was a time when a song called 'Pump ab das Bier' (or Pump up the Beer – YouTube it at your peril) topped the German pop charts, while Bodo Illgner, Falko Götz and Pierre Littbarski were leading Köln towards a second-place finish in the Bundesliga. Are Peter Stöger’s current crop of confident charges capable of a similar feat this season?

Whatever about Köln’s 1990 achievements, you’d have to go back to an era when Elvis Presley married Priscilla and The Doors were daring the establishment to discover when Eintracht Frankfurt last won three-in-a-row at the start of a Rückrunde. Yet the Eagles would emulate that 1967 exploit with a win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday. As an added incentive, three Bundesliga wins without conceding at the start of a Rückrunde would be a first for Eintracht.

Defensive solidity is what SV Darmstadt 98 need to develop with Borussia Dortmund heading down to the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor. The Bundesliga’s second-highest scoring team visiting the division’s leakiest defence is one way of looking at this fixture.

Marco Reus has never scored against Darmstadt - a state of affairs he will be looking to change on Saturday afternoon. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Alexander Scheuber

However, Darmstadt’s coach Torsten Frings – a former Dortmund midfielder whose ten goals in 47 Bundesliga appearances yielded 22 points for Die Schwarz-Gelben between 2002 and 2004 – will choose to preach a different sermon to his flock on Saturday.

Fearsome as they are, Thomas Tuchel’s team have conceded at least a goal in every away Bundesliga fixture this term while in their last ten games, home and away, Dortmund have only kept clean sheets against Bayern and Leipzig. And as for fretting over Marco Reus? Well, the attacker has failed to score against just two Bundesliga teams in his career, Leipzig … and Darmstadt. But if you’re seeking our advice, Torsten, best not mention what happened when the sides met at SIGNAL-IDUNA-PARK in September (BVB prevailed 6-0...).

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