FC Bayern München are back at the Allianz Arena for two crucial fixtures in the space of five days which could define their season.
After a shock defeat in their last home game, they will be keen to show who is the lord of the manor when they host SV Werder Bremen. The Green-Whites' recent visits to Munich have not given them much joy, but they do have precedents for big wins in Bavaria. Let bundesliga.com explain more about Matchday 26's big match.
Goals, goals, goals
With two of the Bundesliga's top three goalscorers on show at the Allianz Arena, goals can be expected this Saturday evening. With a breathtaking 23 goals already, Robert Lewandowski continues his pursuit of Gerd Müller's long-standing league record haul of 40 for a season while Thomas Müller is not too far behind on 17, which is already his personal best for a single campaign. Unfortunately, the league's top-scorer for 2016 will be absent. Claudio Pizarro has scored nine since the turn of the year, but his return to his former club has been spoilt by a muscular injury.
Another indication that fans at the Allianz Arena and in front of their television sets at home are in for some entertainment comes from a glance at recent games between these two sides. While the reverse fixture ended in only a narrow 1-0 win for Bayern, Bremen have not got off so lightly on their recent visits to Bavaria. Six-nil, 5-2 and 6-1 read the last three results at the Allianz Arena, while Bayern put seven past their hosts with no reply at the Weser Stadium three seasons ago. Will Bremen be able to end their seven-and-a-half-year wait for a win over Bayern this weekend?
Similarities with last Bremen win
That last Bremen win over Bayern came in September 2008, with a surprising 5-2 triumph in Munich. It was particularly unexpected not only because of Bayern's habitual strength in front of their own fans, but because Bremen were without several key players. Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise then that captain Clemens Fritz (l.) Zlatko Junuzovic, Pizarro and Fin Bartels all miss out this time. Can an under-strength Bremen create another upset in Munich?
Title win in Munich
It was not at the Allianz Arena, but at Bayern's former home of the Olympiastadion where Bremen celebrated one of the most famous wins in their history back in 2004. A 3-1 win on Matchday 32 saw the northern Germany side clinch the title in Bayern's own back yard, and they went on to win a league and cup double that season, making them one of only four clubs to have knocked Bayern off their perch and win the Bundesliga since 1999. They were runners-up in 2006 and 2008, but have since slipped gradually away from the summit and not qualified for Europe since 2010.
Bayern have been regulars in Europe, meanwhile, and they have a rather important continental appointment coming next Wednesday when they host Italian champions Juventus in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie. "I've only got Bremen in my mind this week, not Juventus," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, insisting that next Wednesday's decisive match is not a distraction. "In three years here in Germany, I have learnt that there is no such thing as an easy game. Bremen are probably in their best form of the season right now."