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Battle of opposites

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:05 am

If you compare FC Bayern's experience in the DFB Cup with that of 1. FC Heidenheim's, a clear contrast soon becomes apparent. To illustrate that, Thomas Müller has played 47 games in the competition, more than twice as many as Heidenheim have in total. However, one thing the two clubs do share is the number 12. For Bayern, this is the number of years in succession in which they've reached the quarter-final stage, while for the second-tier side, it's the 12th season in which they've taken part in the cup. It's only the second time they've reached the last eight. has gathered more interesting facts and stats around the fixture.

This is the 50th time FCB are taking on a team from Bundesliga 2 in the DFB Cup. The Munich men have progressed on 42 occasions, with their last defeat to a second-tier outfit coming in the quarter-finals in 2004, when they lost 2-1 to Alemannia Aachen. Since then, there have been 16 wins with a goal difference of 52:5. However, this is Bayern's first ever competitive encounter with the Baden-Württemberg club.

Bayern can depend on home advantage when it comes to the DFB Cup as they have won 37 of their last 40 cup ties in front of their own fans. Their last defeat at the Allianz Arena was in the semi-finals against Borussia Dortmund in 2017 (2-3). Furthermore, Bayern have lost just twice at home to a second-tier side in their history. In 1978, Gerd Müller and Co were beaten 5-4 by VfL Osnabrück and in 1991, Jupp Heynckes' men lost 4-2 to FC Homburg (a.e.t.).

The visitors can take hope from a strong away record in the competition. Frank Schmidt's side are unbeaten in their last seven cup ties on the road – only Bayern (29), Borussia Mönchengladbach (13) and Hertha BSC (12) can boast longer unbeaten runs. That said, their trip to Munich is only their second visit to a top-flight team, the first being a 4-1 defeat at Wolfsburg in October 2014. Of their previous seven away ties, three have been against fourth-tier opposition and two each against teams from the third and fourth divisions.

None of the other teams in the quarter-finals have scored fewer goals in this season's competition than the record cup winners from Munich (six, same as Augsburg and Leipzig). Heidenheim rank second with 10 goals behind Werder Bremen (14).
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