The outcome of Saturday's fixture between league leaders FC Bayern München and struggling Eintracht Frankfurt (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT) could have a significant bearing at both ends of the table.
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Bayern produced a workmanlike display in defeating 1. FC Köln on Matchday 27 to maintain their five-point advantage over second-placed Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarians have so far won 12 of their 13 home matches in the league this season and will be keen to extend that impressive record as they head towards an unprecedented fourth consecutive title.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, cannot afford to drop any more points as they seek to avoid relegation. New coach - and former Bayern player - Niko Kovac earned his first win against Hannover 96 last time out, which kept Frankfurt within touching distance of a handful of other sides scrapping for survival.
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- Bayern have not conceded against Frankfurt in their last seven meetings. No team in Bundesliga history has ever gone eight straight games without conceding against the same opponent.Robert Lewandowski is the first non-German player to score 25 Bundesliga goals in a single season for Bayern. Guardiola's charges have earned 52 of a possible 54 points against the teams currently occupying places eight to 18 in the table. That equates to 17 victories, plus Matchday 11's goalless draw with Frankfurt.Frankfurt coach Kovac and his brother and assistant Robert used to play for Bayern. The Eagles have the worst away record in the Bundesliga this term, with two wins, three draws and eight defeats to show for their efforts.The last time Frankfurt picked up points in both league matches against Bayern in a single season was in the 1995/96 campaign.Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has kept a clean sheet in 149 of his 310 Bundesliga appearances.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Kimmich, Alaba, Juan Bernat - Xabi Alonso - Coman, T. Müller, Thiago, F. Ribery - Lewandowski
Absentees: Boateng (groin), Badstuber (ankle)
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Chandler, Zambrano, Russ, Djakpa - Hasebe, Stendera - Aigner, Huszti, Ben-Hatira - Seferovic
Absentees: Anderson, Flum, Meier (all knee), Medojevic (Achilles tendon)