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Reds eye latest chance to topple leaders

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:40 pm

29.03.2007

Champions Bayern meet Bundesliga leaders Schalke in the biggest clash on matchday 27, with the visitors aiming to preserve or extend their nine point lead over Munich at the top of the standings, and the home side desperate to make up ground in the race for a Champions League qualifying berth.

The record books would tend to suggest a win for the title holders. The Reds from Munich are undefeated in their last five competitive meetings (Bundesliga, Cup, League Cup) against the Royal Blues, while the men from Gelsenkirchen have yet to score in two visits to the Allianz Arena (one apiece in the league and the League Cup).

<b>Schalke boast proud away record</b>

In another curious twist, Schalke are the fourth Bundesliga leaders to visit Munich this term, following on from Nuremberg, Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart before Christmas. The three previous table-topping visitors were all toppled from first place following their trip to Bavaria - and the last time Schalke came to Munich as leaders, the Royal Blues were handed a 7-1 thrashing back in 1977.

But read another way, Schalke can take heart from the record books. The Ruhr Valley outfit are the league's best away team with seven victories and 24 points on the road so far. Mirko Slomka's men are undefeated in their last eight away games, the second longest such run in the club's history. Intriguingly, the longest came to an end with the 7-1 hiding in 1977. On the other hand, Bayern are the Bundesliga's best home team with a solitary defeat and just nine goals against at the Allianz Arena.

<b>Hitzfeld's men fired up</b>

However, whatever the statistics may suggest, form on the day will be the decisive factor on Saturday afternoon. "My team is in great shape, and totally determined to take all three points against Schalke," Ottmar Hitzfeld commented.
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