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Fortress Bayern prepares for LOSC visit

Published: Tuesday 30 October 2012, 9.45CET
With 15 wins in their last 16 European home games FC Bayern München are a side to be feared on their own ground, giving struggling LOSC Lille it all to do on matchday four.
Fortress Bayern prepares for LOSC visit
Match winner Thomas Müller celebrates Bayern's victory at LOSC ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 30 October 2012, 9.45CET

Fortress Bayern prepares for LOSC visit

With 15 wins in their last 16 European home games FC Bayern München are a side to be feared on their own ground, giving struggling LOSC Lille it all to do on matchday four.

FC Bayern München have established a formidable home record in the UEFA Champions League and will be seeking to inflict more misery on LOSC Lille on matchday four.

• Bayern bounced back from their surprise 3-1 loss at FC BATE Borisov on matchday two with a 1-0 win at LOSC on matchday three, Thomas Müller's first-half penalty separating the sides. The German outfit had opened Group F with a 2-1 home defeat of Valencia CF.

• Bayern are therefore level with BATE and Valencia on six points, while LOSC have also lost 3-1 against BATE, their heaviest home European defeat, and 2-0 in Valencia. 

Match background
• While the teams met for the first time on matchday three, it was Bayern's 30th contest against French opponents. Their record is W16 D5 L9 (W9 D2 L3 at home).

• Bayern have won their last two home games against French opposition and won seven of their first eight against Ligue 1 visitors, losing only one; in between, however, they failed to win in four (D2 L2). Last season Bayern defeated Olympique de Marseille 2-0 home and away in the quarter-finals and overcame Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 at home and 3-0 away in the 2009/10 semi-finals.

• Bayern lifted their third European Cup by beating AS Saint-Étienne 1-0 in the 1975/76 final, Franz Roth the scorer. They also beat FC Girondins de Bordeaux 5-1 on aggregate to lift the 1995/96 UEFA Cup.

• The German club are hoping to go one step further than last season when they reached the final in their own stadium, only to lose on penalties to Chelsea FC. At home in the 2011/12 group stage they beat Manchester City FC 2-0, SSC Napoli 3-2 and Villarreal CF 3-1.

• Bayern posted seven straight home victories in last year's competition, including the play-offs but discounting the final loss, and have won 15 of their last 16 European home games. The blip came in the 2010/11 round of 16 when FC Internazionale Milano won 3-2.

• LOSC have never scored in Germany and have lost their last three fixtures with Bundesliga sides. They have tasted victory just once in six outings against German opposition – 1-0 against VfB Stuttgart in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup final, when they lost the second leg 2-0 away – drawing two. Their away record reads W0 D1 L2.

• LOSC overcame FC København in the play-offs to reach the group stage, losing 1-0 in Denmark before a 2-0 extra-time success in the return, the first European match at their new Grand Stade Lille Métropole home.

• LOSC drew 1-1 at Trabzonspor AŞ last season, losing at FC Internazionale Milano and winning at PFC CSKA Moskva.

Team ties
• Salomon Kalou started Chelsea's final victory against Bayern in May, going off after 84 minutes.

• Franck Ribéry played for Olympique de Marseille between 2005 and 2007 having spent 2004/05 with FC Metz, recording a draw and two defeats at LOSC. He was part of LOSC's youth set-up between 1996 and 1999 and later played for US Boulogne, Olympique Alès and Stade Brestois 29.

• Substitute David Rozehnal scored in the Czech Republic's 3-1 friendly win against Daniel Van Buyten's Belgium in Teplice on 12 August 2009.

• Ribéry plays with Mickaël Landreau, Mathieu Debuchy, Benoît Pedretti, Rio Mavuba, Marvin Martin and Dimitri Payet for France.

• Debuchy and Ribéry's France recorded a 2-1 friendly win against a Germany team including Jérôme Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos, Mario Gomez and Müller on 29 February 2012.

• Debuchy, Ribéry and Martin all appeared in France's 2-0 victory against Anatoliy Tymoshchuk's Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2012 group match at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk, on 15 June.

• Tymoshchuk had put Ukraine in front in a friendly against France at the same stadium on 6 June 2011 but substitute Martin scored twice as the visitors came back to win 4-1, Ribéry also coming on.

• Matthias Sammer, Bayern's sporting director, was coach of Borussia Dortmund as they beat LOSC on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup fourth round.

• Van Buyten faced LOSC three times while at Marseille between 2001 and 2004, winning one match.     

Last updated: 21/11/12 12.48CET

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