Two years ago, Bayern's coach Louis van Gaal cancelled the traditional appearance due to a poor run of form and although such action would appear unlikely this year - Bayern have won their first six league games - a 3-1 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Champions League in midweek has wiped the smiles from the faces in Bavaria.
That defeat ended a run of nine consecutive wins since August and saw them fall one win short of setting a new club record.
Furthermore, a public dispute between coach Jupp Heynckes and director of sport Matthias Sammer appears to have broken the harmony at the record champions.
"They would be well-advised to keep their differences of opinion internal in future," said club president Uli Hoeness to Sport1 television.
"But I see that they are working very well together."
Hoeness did not want to read too much into the midweek disappointment either, taking the defeat uncharacteristically philosophically.
"This is not a crippling blow," he said. "We still have our Champions League destiny in our own hands.
"Of course you don't like losing, but not only winning is part of football, but losing is too."
The perfect answer on the pitch would be a repeat of the 7-1 mauling they dished out to Hoffenheim when the sides last met at the Allianz Arena in March.
That was a club-record defeat for the Baden-Wurttemberg club, whose coach Markus Babbel was also on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat to Bayern while in charge of Hertha Berlin earlier last season.
Should Bayern drop their first points in the Bundesliga this season, Eintracht Frankfurt could capitalise by moving to the top of the table with a sixth win of the season at Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.
Defending champions Borussia Dortmund will also be hopeful that Bayern slip up sooner or later as they aim to reduce a seven-point deficit on the league leaders when they travel to fifth-placed Hannover on Sunday evening
Sunday's other fixture is between two of the Bundesliga's four Europa League participants Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen.
Fortuna Dusseldorf, one of only three sides yet to lose a game this season along with Bayern and Frankfurt, head to Mainz on Saturday while Felix Magath returns to his former club in a precarious situation with Wolfsburg.
They travel to Schalke after slipping into the bottom three thanks to a second home defeat in three games in front of their own fans last weekend.
Elsewhere, in-form Hamburg travel to Greuther Furth, who have yet to pick up a single point in front of their own fans in the Bundesliga, and strugglers Freiburg and Nuremberg meet in the Black Forest.
Meanwhile, Augsburg picked up their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen on Friday. Tobias Werner, Stephan Hain and Daniel Baier all scored for Augsburg while Kevin De Bruyne managed to pull one back for Bremen.
Saturday's Bundesliga Fixtures
Sunday's Bundesliga Fixtures
Friday's Bundesliga Results