In a much-anticipated Bundesliga clash, Bayern Munich is set to host SV Darmstadt 98 at the Allianz Arena, aiming to extend their impressive five-game winning streak across all competitions. This encounter marks their first meeting since the 2016-17 season, where Bayern emerged victorious in both home and away fixtures with a 1-0 scoreline.
Since their German Super Cup final loss to RB Leipzig in August, Bayern Munich has been on a remarkable 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions. They showcased their dominance with a 3-1 away victory over Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga last weekend, followed by another triumph against Galatasaray by the same scoreline in the Champions League. This victory extended their unparalleled unbeaten run in the Champions League group stage to 37 games.
Thomas Tuchel’s team currently leads Group A in the Champions League but finds themselves in third place in the Bundesliga, trailing league leaders Bayer Leverkusen by two points after eight matches. Bayern Munich maintains their confidence, having never suffered a defeat in eight previous top-flight meetings with Darmstadt, winning their last seven encounters.
Furthermore, Bayern boasts an exceptional home record against promoted clubs, winning 29 of their last 32 Bundesliga matches at the Allianz Arena. They have secured maximum points in each of their last five home games against promoted sides, scoring at least four goals in every match.
In contrast, Darmstadt faced challenges adapting to Bundesliga life after a six-year absence. They started the season slowly, managing just one point from their initial five games. Despite a resurgence with consecutive victories over Werder Bremen and Augsburg, they faced a setback in a 3-1 defeat against Leipzig last weekend. Darmstadt currently occupies the 12th position in the Bundesliga table with 12 points from eight games, showing prowess in scoring but struggling defensively, conceding 22 goals, the joint-most in the league.
Notably, Darmstadt heads into this clash with a concerning record of failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 25 away matches in the Bundesliga. This statistic poses a significant challenge against Bayern Munich, a team that has found the back of the net in each of their last 61 home league fixtures. As Bayern aims to continue their winning streak, Darmstadt faces a daunting task against the formidable Bavarian side.