Bundesliga Opta Facts - 10-11 April
Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.
FC Augsburg v VfB Stuttgart
- Martin Harnik scored a brace in Stuttgart's 2-1 win in the reverse fixture, Tobias Werner replied for Augsburg with his only Bundesliga goal to date.
- Stuttgart have won each of their last three competitive games against Augsburg.
- VfB are unbeaten in seven Bundesliga games (five wins, two draws), Dortmund (23 games) being the only team with a longer unbeaten run in the league.
- Augsburg's unbeaten run of six games (their longest ever in the top flight) came to an end when they lost 2-1 at Bayern Munich last weekend.
- Augsburg are unbeaten in a club record eight Bundesliga home games (five wins, three draws) and have kept a clean sheet in five of those games.
- Stuttgart have already scored 29 games in 2012, six more than in the entire first half of the season. Dortmund (31) are the only team that have scored more goals in 2012 than VfB (29).
- Winter signing Ja-Cheol Koo (four goals) is Augsburg's top goal-scorer in 2012.
- Stuttgart's winter signing Vedad Ibisevic has scored seven goals and set up an additional four in 2012.
- Stuttgart's Martin Harnik (eight goals in 2012) has failed to score in his last five appearances, though.
- Alex Bellinghausen, set to leave Augsburg for Fortuna Düsseldorf in the summer, has set up three of Augsburg's last five goals.
SV Werder Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach
- Borussia won the reverse fixture 5-0, their biggest Bundesliga win in the last 17 years, with Marco Reus bagging a hat-trick in the game.
- Bremen haven't lost any of their last 21 Bundesliga home games against Mönchengladbach (16 wins, five draws).
- Both teams have won just one of their last seven league matches.
- Werder have celebrated just one home win in 2012 (3-0 over Hanover on matchday 25). In the first half of the season, Werder won seven out of eight home games.
- Gladbach have conceded just 20 goals, as many as in the 1969/70 season when they won the league. Bayern (19) are the only team with a better defensive record.
- Borussia haven't conceded a goal before half-time in their last 14 league games, but have scored twelve first-half goals themselves in that period.
- Gladbach's Tony Jantschke could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance in this match.
- Borussia have scored 996 away goals in the top flight.
- Claudio Pizarro has scored six goals against Gladbach in seven Bundesliga games for Bremen, but none in nine games against Gladbach for Bayern Munich.
- Werder's Marko Marin started his Bundesliga career in Mönchengladbach, scoring four goals and setting up another eleven in 37 Bundesliga games between 2007 and 2009.
- Since Reus joined Borussia in 2009, Gladbach have picked up just one point from the five games Reus has missed.
Hertha BSC v SC Freiburg
- Freiburg have won just two of their 15 Bundesliga games against Hertha (five draws, eight defeats), while Hertha have averaged 1.93 points per game against Freiburg, more than against any other current Bundesliga club.
- Freiburg have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga games against Hertha (three draws, five defeats), on their last visit to the Olympic Stadium (September 2009) Freiburg won 4-0.
- Hertha coach Otto Rehhagel has won five out of nine Bundesliga games against Freiburg (and lost four), but his last three duels with Freiburg have all ended in defeat (all with Kaiserslautern).
- Freiburg are unbeaten in six games, picking up 14 out of a possible 18 points for the first time since 2000/01 when they finished sixth.
- Hertha have failed to score in four out of seven games under Otto Rehhagel. Kaiserslautern (five) are the only team that has scored fewer goals in 2012 than Hertha (six).
- Freiburg have scored at least two goals in each of their last four Bundesliga games, their second-best run in Bundesliga history (six games in a row in 1994/95).
- Hertha are yet to score a goal from a set-piece since Rehhagel took over. Their last goal from a set-piece came at the end of 2011 (Roman Hubnik on matchday 17).
- Freiburg came back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against Nürnberg at the weekend, for the first time since the reverse fixture against Hertha (2-2).
- 16 different players have scored Bundesliga goals for Freiburg this season, a league high.
- Rehhagel and Freiburg coach Christian Streich have crossed swords once before. Streich played for FC Homburg in March 1990 when they travelled to Rehhagel's Werder Bremen, coming away with a goalless draw.
- Hertha's Levan Kobiashvili made his Bundesliga debut for Freiburg, and so did team-mate Felix Bastians.
1. FSV Mainz 05 v 1. FC Köln
- These teams have met in the Bundesliga teams seven times, with the home team winning six of those matches. The reverse fixture ended 1-1.
- These teams have faced each other 18 times in all competitions, with the away team winning just two of these games (both teams once).
- This will be Mainz's 200th Bundesliga game, with Nicolke Noveski having made an appearance in 177 of the first 199.
- Mainz have lost just one of their last eight home games (five wins, two draws), while Cologne have lost eight of their last eleven away games (one win, two draws).
- Mainz have dropped 28 points from winning positions this season, more than any other team.
- Cologne have conceded 59 goals this season, more than any other team.
- Cologne have attempted a league-low 8.8 shots per game and conceded a league-high 15.9 shots per game.
- Cologne have conceded a league-high 35 goals after the break, Mainz have the second-worst record with 31.
- Mainz have lost a league-high six games from a winning position, Cologne (four) have the second-worst record in that regard.
- Just two teams have scored more goals on the counter-attack than Cologne (nine), Mainz (seven) are in fourth place.
- Mainz are the only team to score in all 12 games in 2012, they would set a new club record if they could stretch that run to 13.
- Mainz player Zdenek Pospech played three years under Cologne coach Stale Solbakken (at Copenhagen).
Hannover 96 v VfL Wolfsburg
- Wolfsburg have won seven of their last eight meetings with Hannover (one defeat) and 12 out of their 19 Bundesliga clashes (three draws, four defeats).
- En route to their inaugural Bundesliga title, Wolfsburg won 5-0 in Hannover in 2008/09 - their biggest Bundesliga away win to date.
- Hannover are unbeaten in a club record 15 Bundesliga home games (nine wins, six draws) and are the only unbeaten home team this season.
- After going 11 Bundesliga away games without a win (nine defeats), Wolfsburg have won their last two games on the road (3-1 in Nuremberg, 4-1 in Berlin).
- Schalke (16) are the only team with more headed goals than Wolfsburg (12) and Hannover (10). Eight of Hannover's 10 headed goals were scored at home.
- Only Cologne (59) and Freiburg (55) have conceded more goals than Wolfsburg (52).
- Mario Mandzukic (four goals, four assists), has been directly involved in eight goals during the last five games.
- Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf has scored nine goals in 12 competitive games and set up a further three since joining in January.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v 1. FC Kaiserslautern
- Kaiserslautern have won just one of their last 22 Bundesliga games against Leverkusen (six draws, 15 defeats) and none of the last nine.
- Leverkusen have kept a clean sheet in six of the last nine matches, winning the last four.
- Leverkusen ran out 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture thanks to goals from former FCK players Michael Ballack (who played for Lautern between 1997-99) and Sidney Sam (2008-10).
- Lautern's last win in Leverkusen dates back more than 17 years. In August 1994, Stefan Kuntz (Lautern's current CEO) scored the game's only goal.
- History consigns Lautern to relegation Teams with 20 points (or less) and three wins (or less) after 29 games have never managed to beat the drop.
- Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66 (12 goals) are the only team in Bundesliga history to have scored less goals after 29 games than Lautern (18).
- For the first time since March/April 2010, Leverkusen have picked up just one point from of a succession of five games.
- Lautern have failed to win any of their last 19 league games - only three teams in Bundesliga history have suffered a longer winless streak in a season, with the record set by Tasmania Berlin (31 games in 1965/66).
- Sami Hyypia will make his home debut as Leverkusen manager. As a player, the former Liverpool defender never crossed swords with Kaiserslautern.
- Bayer have failed to win any of their last 15 games, in which German international Simon Rolfes has started (six draws, nine defeats). The last win with Rolfes in the starting 11 dates back to September 2011 (4-1 at Augsburg).
- FCK currently have Nicolai Jorgensen and Lucas on loan from Leverkusen, while Pierre de Wit, Thanos Petsos and Richard Sukuta-Pasu have previously played for Leverkusen.
1899 Hoffenheim v Hamburger SV
- Hamburg have failed to win any of their three away games at Hoffenheim (one draw, two defeats), scoring just one goal.
- Hoffenheim have won just one of their last six Bundesliga games against HSV, however (two draws, three defeats).
- Hoffenheim have picked up seven points from their last three games, keeping their aspirations of a first European campaign alive.
- 31 points and a goal difference of -18 after 29 matches reveals that Hamburg are enduring their worst-ever Bundesliga season at this stage.
- Hoffenheim have failed to win any of their last nine home games (eight draws), a new club record.
- Hamburg have picked up five of their seven wins and 19 of their 31 points on the road.
- Hoffenheim have scored at least one goal and conceded at least goal in each of their last 11 Bundesliga games, the latter a league high.
- Hoffenheim have converted seven penalties (second to Bayern’s nine), but have also conceded six goals from the spot (second to Cologne, eight).
- Hoffenheim's Ryan Babel has failed to score in his 1776 Bundesliga minutes (almost 30 hours), while team-mate Srdjan Lakic is still to score despite making 16 appearances this season - last season he scored 16 Bundesliga goals.
- Managers Markus Babbel and Thorsten Fink were team-mates at Bayern Munich between 1997 and 2000, celebrating two Bundesliga titles (1999, 2000) and two DFB Cups (1998, 2000) together.
Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern München
- For the first time ever, Dortmund have celebrated three straight Bundesliga wins over Bayern. Only one team has managed four so far (Bremen, between 1991 and 93).
- Over the course of the last 18 seasons, only two teams have managed to win more than one Bundesliga title: Bayern (10) and Dortmund (four).
- Dortmund have picked up just as many points after 29 games as last season (66), a superior goal difference means they're enjoying their best-ever Bundesliga season at this stage.
- Dortmund are unbeaten in a club record 23 Bundesliga games (18 wins, five draws). The last team with a longer unbeaten run was Leverkusen in 2009/10 (24 games).
- Bayern are unbeaten in nine competitive games (eight wins including a DFB Cup semi-final triumph on penalties).
- Bayern (69 goals) and Dortmund (66) are the Bundesliga's most prolific teams.
- Dortmund are the most successful first-half team, while Bayern have profited most after the break (61 points each).
- Munich have won 33 out of 34 competitive games in which they have taken the lead this season, with the 1-1 draw against Napoli (Champions League) the only exception.
- Mario Gomez leads the goal-scoring charts with 25 goals (more than he has ever scored after 29 games).
- Bayern have won all 22 competitive games Gomez has scored in this season.
- Dortmund's Polish trio Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek have been directly involved in 43 of Dortmund's 66 goals (65%).
- If selected, Dortmund's Sebastian Kehl will play his 250th Bundesliga game.
1. FC Nürnberg v FC Schalke 04
- Nuremberg and Schalke will meet for the 50th time in Bundesliga history. So far, Schalke have enjoyed 23 victories, FCN, just 13.
- Nuremberg have won just one of their last 17 Bundesliga games against Schalke (five draws, 11 defeats) - a 2-1 win in October 2010.
- Goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (two), Raul and Lewis Holtby condemned Nuremberg to their highest defeat of the season in the reverse fixture.
- A win in Nuremberg would confirm at least a fourth-place finish for Schalke and a route to the Champions League.
- Nuremberg have failed to win any of their last five league games (four defeats), while Schalke are unbeaten in five (four wins).
- Schalke have lost just one of their last 23 Bundesliga games in midweek (15 wins, seven draws).
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored 43 goals in all competitions for Schalke this season (in 43 appearances), surpassing the club record set by Hermann Eppenhoff in 1940/41 (42 goals).
- Raul has 14 league goals and 20 goals in all competitions to his name this season, already one more than last season (13 Bundesliga goals, 19 in all competitions).
- Jefferson Farfan has been directly involved in six of Schalke's last eight league goals (one goal, five assists) and set up all three goals against Hannover (3-0) last weekend.
- Schalke manager Huub Stevens is unbeaten in eight Bundesliga games against Nuremberg (seven wins), and his teams have kept a clean sheet in the last five.