FC Bayern München will be confident of maintaining their 100 per cent record against SV Darmstadt 98 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Despite the injury-enforced absence of Holger Badstuber, Bayern are considered the strong favourites against the newly-promoted outfit. The Bavarians have only dropped seven points this season, and have never lost to Die Lillien.
The visitors' cause is not helped by a raft of suspensions, with Peter Niemeyer, Jerome Gondorf, Aytac Sulu, Marcel Heller and Konstantin Rausch each picking up yellow cards in last Saturday's 2-1 loss to Leverkusen.
FC Bayern München maintained their 100 per cent record the season after beating promoted side SV Darmstadt 98 3-0, thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Sebastian Rode.
Matchday 22 - match facts
- Following their 0-0 draw with Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 20, FC Bayern have rebounded with back-to-back wins, knocking VfL Bochum out of the DFB Cup before beating Bavarian rivals Augsburg 3-1 on Sunday.
- Darmstadt have picked up 17 of their 24 points away from home. Only Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have a better record on the road.
- Bayern have not conceded in their previous five home games. A sixth consecutive clean sheet at the Allianz Arena would mean a new club record.
- Darmstadt have scored in eight of their ten matches away from home. Five of those goals have been scored by captain Sulu, who is suspended for this game.
- Bayern have won their last 23 matches against promoted teams. The last time the Bavarians dropped a point against a Bundesliga newcomer was in 2010, when they lost 2-0 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
- Robert Lewandowski alone has scored almost as many goals (21) as Darmstadt’s total (22) – in their previous eight meetings, Bayern have scored 31 goals to Darmstad’s six.
- Lewandowski’s 21 goals after 21 games played is the best return seen since the 1972/73 season, when Gerd Müller managed 23 goals in the same period.
- Darmstadt picked up no fewer than five suspensions Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Leverkusen (Niemeyer, Gondorf, Heller, Rausch and Sulu). Coach Dirk Schuster will have to juggle his line-up vigorously against the champions.
- Born in Munich, Sandro Wagner has scored as many goals in 20 games for Darmstadt (seven) as he managed in his combined 85 Bundesliga games before joining Die Lillien.
- With Holger Badstuber picking up an injury, Bayer’s 3-1 win at FC Augsburg was the second time this season Pep Guardiola’s side played without a recognised centre-back. The previous time saw Bayern comfortably beat Leverkusen 3-0 on Matchday 3.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Juan Bernat - Xabi Alonso - Robben, T. Müller, Douglas Costa, Coman - Lewandowski
Absentees: Boateng (groin), Martinez (knee), Ulreich (light training), Badstuber (ankle)
Darmstadt: Mathenia - Garics, Rajkovic, Junior Diaz, Caldirola - Jungwirth, Vrancic - Sirigu, Kempe - Rosenthal - Wagner
Absentees: Niemeyer, Gondorf, Sulu, Heller, Rausch (all suspended), Holland (groin), Ivana (knee)