After already dropping points to Eintracht Frankfurt once this season, FC Bayern München will be determined not to make the same mistake again on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/13:30GMT). takes a good look at what is in store at the majestic Allianz Arena...

Match preview: Bayern vs Frankfurt

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Frankfurt's blueprint

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This season's reverse fixture will forever be remembered as the game that brought an end to Bayern's 100 per cent winning start to 2015/16. The defending champions had scored in every competitive encounter prior to Matchday 11's trip to the Commerzbank Arena, but clearly had not banked on such a determinedly resolute performance from Frankfurt. 0-0 was the final scoreline as the Eagles held on for a point that could yet make all the difference to their hopes of beating the drop.

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Fighting for survival

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That is because the 17th-placed Eagles are perched in a worryingly precarious position towards the foot of the standings with only seven rounds of fixtures left to save their skin. Despite recording their first win under new head coach Niko Kovac away to Hannover 96 last time out, Eintracht fell into the automatic relegation zone for the first time since Matchday 2 of the 2013/14 campaign, and are now one of three sides locked on 27 points, separated by only goal difference.

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Bayern chasing history

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Positively soaring at the summit, meanwhile, FC Bayern are edging that bit closer to a record fourth successive Bundesliga title. The Bavarians have managed to secure the Meisterschale with room to spare in each of the last three campaigns - most notably with a record six matches still to play in 2013/14 - but may have to wait a while yet to seal the deal. With Borussia Dortmund only five points adrift in second and refusing to give up the ghost, slipping up against Frankfurt is a definite no-no.

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Where there's a will, there's a way

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Bayern have only lost twice in the Bundesliga this season, but Frankfurt tactician Kovac, who won a Bundesliga and DFB Cup double with Bayern as a player in 2003, is not too concerned by the seemingly overwhelming task facing his side. "Let's not beat about the bush: Bayern are one of the best teams in world football, but we're going there to cause an upset," the former Croatian international midfielder told Germany's leading sports specialist magazine kicker. "Frankfurt are a big club from a big city with a huge fan base. Eintracht are a sleeping giant."

International star parade

Frankfurt's growing global fan base will certainly have been impressed with what they saw of Marco Fabian during the international hiatus. One of seven Eintracht representatives flying the flag, the Mexican was the catalyst for victory against Canada as El Tri booked their place in the fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Elsewhere, Bayern's Arturo Vidal grabbed the headlines in the CONEMBOL section with a brace in Chile's 4-1 win over Venezuela, while Mario Götze marked his first start for Germany since October with a goal against Italy. International breaks can either be a blessing or a curse but which will it be in Munich this weekend? Tune in to Bundesliga radio, watch the action live or follow our live updates to find out.

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