Union were promoted alongside Cologne and Padeborn via a relegation play-off victory over VfB Stuttgart, Die Eisernen have beaten Borussias Dortmund and Mönchengladbach as well as Eintracht Frankfurt on the way to their current league position of 11th, their 30 points.
Robert Lewandowski scored the 13th of his league-leading 25 goals in their Matchday 9 . They are looking to protect their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Union: Gikiewicz – Hübner, Schlotterbeck, Subotic – Trimmel (c), Gentner, Andrich, Lenz – Malli, Bülter – Ingvartsen
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies – Kimmich, Thiago – Gnabry, Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
- Union has lost all three of his competitive meetings with Bayern (the reverse fixture, plus both legs of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League play-offs whilst in charge of Zürich).
- Bayern are unbeaten in 15 competitive matches (11 in the Bundesliga).
- Four points is Bayern’s biggest lead at the top of the Bundesliga this season. Gnabry has hit seven goals and four assists in his last 10 Bundesliga appearances. With 11 goals for the campaign.