Thrills and spills are guaranteed when Bavarian neighbours FC Augsburg and FC Bayern München bring the curtain down on Matchday 21.
bundesliga.com looks ahead to Sunday's regional rumble at the WWK Arena.
Pep Guardiola has not always had the rub of the green against Markus Weinzierl’s Augsburg. A Sascha Mölders goal brought an end to Bayern’s 53-match unbeaten Bundesliga run towards the end of the Catalan’s first season in charge, with Die Fuggerstädter repeating the trick on Munich soil a year later. Raul Bobadilla scored the decisive goal on that occasion, albeit with the record German champions having already wrapped up their 24th Bundesliga crown. Interestingly, Weinzierl is one of just seven Bundesliga managers to have recorded a win over Guardiola’s Bayern, and the only coach to have beaten the Spaniard twice in the league.
The first Bavarian derby of the current campaign was another close-run affair. Alexander Esswein broke the deadlock late in the first half to give Augsburg the lead, but Bayern refused to lay down. After Robert Lewandowski bundled in the equaliser with 13 minutes left to play, Thomas Müller stroked home a last-gasp penalty to send the sold-out Allianz Arena into raptures.
50 and counting
Bayern’s dream front two have quite the knack of finding the net against Augsburg - and scoring in general for that matter. Müller has put five past Die Fuggerstädter in 11 appearances, while Lewandowski has stuck away nine in as many games. It is their combined tally in all competitions this term, however, that has really got people talking. In just 60 appearances, Müller and Lewandowski have shared an eye-watering 50 goals, 33 of which have come in the Bundesliga.
In their bid to stifle one of European football’s most prolific forward lines, Augsburg may look to take a leaf out of Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s book. Die Werkself held their own in last weekend’s goalless draw at the BayArena, as Bayern dropped points in the Bundesliga for only the third time this season. The defending champions’ lead at the top of the standings nevertheless remainst at eight points with 14 matches still to play. Never before has a team at the summit surrendered such a handsome advantage.
Latin American flavour
The two clubs' South American contingents add one final layer of intrigue to a match-up already bursting at the seams with subplots. Brazil international winger Douglas Costa has been dancing the samba from the moment he pulled on a Bayern shirt for the first time last summer, terrorising opposition defences up and down the country with his jet-heeled turn of pace and devilish footwork. Burly Paraguay international Bobadilla (pictured) and Brazilian forward Cauiby bring efficiency and flair to the table at Augsburg, but like Costa, both are still awaiting their first goals of 2016.