Bundesliga Opta Facts - 11-13 Dec
1. FSV Mainz 05 - VfB Stuttgart
Mainz haven't lost any of their last seven home games vs. Stuttgart (W4, D3) - the 05ers only have a current better run of such against Frankfurt (8).
The last time Mainz were beaten by Stuttgart in front of their own fans was on 17th September 2005 - over 10 years ago. Christian Gentner started that game for VfB.
Mainz have picked up 11 points from their last five league matches (same as Gladbach) - only BVB can better this (12). Mainz have claimed as many points since matchday 11 as Stuttgart have all season.
VfB Stuttgart are yet to pick up a point against any of the sides currently in the top 10 (8 matches).
VfB have never had as few points at this stage of a campaign as they do this season. In 1974/75, when Stuttgart were relegated to the second division, they also had just 11 points from 15 matches - they also had a goal difference of -17.
Stuttgart have the worst away record in the league this season (4 points), winning just one of their last seven matches on their travels (D1, L5) - 3-1 vs. 96 on MD6.
Stuttgart have lost each of their last three away matches, conceding exactly four goals on each occasion. The last time the Swabians conceded at least four goals each in three successive away matches was in November 1974.
Stuttgart have won just one of their last nine Friday matches (D3, L5) - a 4-1 win over Freiburg in November 2014. Mainz have won three of their last four matches on a Friday, with their only loss in this period a 2-0 defeat to BVB on matchday 9.
This season, Loris Karius has saved 75% of shots he has faced - only Timo Horn has a better record (78%). Przemyslaw Tyton has the lowest save percentage in the league (63%).
Jürgen Kramny played 217 times for Mainz in the first and second division (29 goals), and was also part of the Mainz side the achieved promotion to the BL in 2004. He repeated the feat as assistant coach to Jörn Andersen in 2009.
FC Bayern München - FC Ingolstadt 04
The sides have only met once before competitively: Bayern beat FCI 6-0 in the second round of the 2011/12 DFB Cup.
Victory this weekend would see Bayern guarantee top spot at Christmas. If they are first at Christmas it will be the fifth consecutive time they have managed the feat - something that has never previously happened.
Bayern have won all eight of their home games and have a goal difference of +27 (30 scored, 3 conceded) - the best in the history of the division at this stage of a campaign.
FCB have won their last 13 home games in all competitions, netting at least twice in each of those victories (3.8 per game on average). They have never secured 14 wins on the spin in all competitions under Pep Guardiola.
FCB have won their last 22 games against newly-promoted sides, scoring 75 goals and conceding 10, as well as shutting them out on 14 occasions. Their last defeat against such a team came in Kaiserslautern (2-0 in 2010).
The best defences in the division come to blows this weekend: Bayern have let in just eight goals, while FCI have shipped 15. FCB have the best attack in the league though (43 goals) - Ingolstadt have the worst (11).
Ingolstadt lie fourth in the Bundesliga away table and every goal on their travels has secured them 2.4 points per game on average.
No side is on a longer winless run on the road than FCI at present though (5 games, only 2 goals scored in that timeframe).
Bayern have wasted 40 clear-cut chances this Bundesliga season - more than almost all other clubs have even created (excluding, BVB who have carved out 68).
VfL Wolfsburg - Hamburger SV
Wolfsburg are unbeaten in eight Bundesliga games against HSV (W4, D4) - the only other top-flight side that they are on such a long run without defeat against is Bremen. Hamburg's last win over the Wolves came on 12th February 2011 (1-0).
Out of all the current Bundesliga teams, HSV only average fewer points per game against Bayern (0.78) and Augsburg (0.88) than against Wolfsburg (1.11).
Last time out against Dortmund, the Wolves suffered their first home league defeat since a 6-1 loss to Bayern in March 2014, ending a run of 29 matches unbeaten at the Volkswagen Arena (W22, D7).
VfL have scored at last once in their last 38 home league games (88 in total). This is just short of the club record (41), which was achieved between May 2008 and November 2010.
Hamburg have won four of their last six league matches on the road (D1, L1). HSV have claimed 62% of their points away from home in 2015/16 (13/21) - only Bremen have won a higher proportion of points in away fixtures (79%).
Labbadia's men have scored 10 goals in their last six outings - the first time they have scored in six consecutive Bundesliga matches since the end of 2013/14 (8 games on that occasion).
The Wolves are the only Bundesliga side yet to concede from a dead ball this term. Only FCI (15) and Bayern (8) have conceded fewer goals than VfL (17) in 2015/16.
HSV have conceded five times before the break - a league-low together with Bayern and Darmstadt. However, proportionally speaking, they have conceded more goals than any other side after the break (76% - 16 goals).
VfL's top scorer Bas Dost has scored all seven of his league goals at home this campaign.
Ivica Olic's goals-per-game record is better for VfL (28 goals in 78 Bundesliga appearances) than Hamburg (31 in 101).
SV Werder Bremen - 1. FC Köln
Both sides have won 33 of the previous 86 meetings between them (D20). SVW haven't beaten Köln in the league for over four years (3-2 in November 2011 - D2, L1 since then).
The sides have already faced off this season - on 28th October at the Weser-Stadion in the DFB Cup. Anthony Ujah secured a 1-0 win for the Green-Whites.
It was Ujah (back then in Köln colours) who condemned Werder to defeat in their last home league game against the Billy Goats (1-0 in October 2014). After that defeat, Robin Dutt was sacked and replaced by Viktor Skripnik.
Werder kept a clean sheet in this season's meeting in the cup - but have failed to do so in their last 18 league matches, setting a new club record.
Bremen are on a run of five home Bundesliga defeats in a row for the first time in their history and have been beaten in seven of their last eight across multiple seasons. The only win in this period came in August vs. Gladbach (2-1).
If Köln are defeated this weekend, they will have lost more matches than they have won for the first time this season. It would also mean just a three-point gap between the sides, dragging the Billy Goats into a relegation scrap.
Anthony Ujah and Anthony Modeste have both been involved in over half of their team's league goals this season (both 8 of 15: Ujah has 7 goals + 1 assist, Modeste with 6 goals + 2 assists).
Ujah is in great form currently (scoring 6 of Werder's last 9 in all competitions), whereas Modeste has failed to score in his last eight (707 minutes in total).
Köln have been shut out in seven of their last eight competitive matches - the only player to score for the Billy Goats in this period was defender Dominic Maroh, who scored a brace in a 2-1 win for Leverkusen.
Anthony Ujah played for 1. FC Köln from 2012 to 2015 and made the move to Bremen this summer. Ujah played 102 competitive games for the Billy Goats (36 goals) and was part of the side promoted to the Bundesliga in 2014.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Hannover 96
Hoffenheim have won each of their last four meetings with Hannover - TSG haven't recorded such a good winning run against any other BL side.
1899 are unbeaten in seven home games against 96. Hoffenheim have only faced Schalke as often on their own patch in the BL without losing. Out of all the current top-flight teams, 96 only have a worse record against FC Bayern than against TSG.
Saturday's fixture between Hoffenheim (28 points) and Hannover 96 (27) sees the two poorest sides in 2015 go head to head.
TSG are without a win in eight (D5, L3) - the longest ongoing winless streak in the top flight.
Hoffenheim are bottom of the table for three consecutive matchdays for the first time in the club's history. When they last found themselves propping up the table for a single matchday, in 2012, TSG recorded a 3-1 home victory over Hannover to move off the bottom of the pile.
With just 14 points from their opening 15 games, this is Hannover's worst start to a season since securing promotion to the top flight in 2002. 96's previous worst start dates back to the 1988/89 campaign, when they were relegated at the end of the season.
TSG are the only side in the division yet to win at home this season. Hoffenheim are without a top-flight victory on home soil since beating Berlin 2-1 on 23rd May.
Hannover have failed to win any of their last five games against teams in the relegation zone (D3, L2). Most recently, they were beaten 3-1 by Stuttgart on MD6.
Michael Frontzeck has recorded just one draw in seven competitive games against TSG (L6).
Huub Stevens has never made a worse start in his first five BL games at a club (D4, L1). Additionally, the Dutch coach has never previously had to wait as long to secure his first victory after taking over the reins.
With Hertha, Hamburg, Schalke and Stuttgart, Stevens has lost just one of 11 Bundesliga matches against 96 (W4, D6) - BSC were beaten 3-2 at home in September 2003.
SV Darmstadt 98 - Hertha BSC
The only previous Bundesliga meetings between the two sides came in the 1978/79 season. The first half of the season fixture in Darmstadt finished 0-0, while Hertha ran out 1-0 winners in Berlin after the winter break.
Pal Dardai played in the last competitive game between the two clubs - Yildiray Bastürk scored the only goal of the game in added time to hand Hertha a narrow 1-0 victory over the then (third division) Regionalliga side Darmstadt in a 2006/07 DFB Cup tie.
Hertha have only lost to sides competing in Europe so far this season (L5, otherwise 2 wins, 6 goals scored, 14 conceded) - against other opponents, they've recorded eight victories and two draws (18 goals scored and just five conceded).
The Berlin club have achieved a top four finish on three previous occasions after accruing fewer points from 15 games than their current tally (26): 1998/99 (23 points, finished third), as well as 2004/05 (22, finished fourth) and 1977/78 (22 when converted, finished third).
Darmstadt have taken just seven points from their eight home games and are without a win in four on their own patch (D2, L2). Proportionally speaking, only Bremen (21%) and HSV (38%) have collected fewer points on home soil than the Lilies (39%).
Since Pal Dardai took over Hertha on 5th February 2015, only Bayern (18) have kept more clean sheets than Berlin (12, same as Leverkusen) and only Bayern (17) have conceded fewer goals than the capital club (32 - only teams in both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 BL seasons).
The Lilies have been in the lead for just 31 of the 720 minutes of football Darmstadt have played at home this season - 25 minutes during the 2-2 draw with Hannover on MD1, and six minutes during the 2-1 victory over Bremen on MD6.
Proportionally speaking, the Lilies have netted the most goals from set pieces (53%, eight out of 15). SVD have scored just once from open play in their last seven matches (Heller vs. HSV on MD12)
Salomon Kalou has scored six goals away from home this season - a league high with Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Darmstadt's Peter Niemeyer (2010-2015, 68 BL games), Sandro Wagner (2012-2015, 40 BL games) and Fabian Holland (2003-2014, 5 BL games) all previously played for the Berlin side. However, Hertha's former captain Niemeyer is suspended for this weekend's fixture.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Borussia Mönchengladbach
This weekend sees Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach face off in the Saturday evening slot for the first time in Bundesliga history.
Leverkusen have scored in each of their last 16 home games against Gladbach in the top flight - the last time they were shut out in front of their own fans was in February 1996 (0-0).
The Foals have claimed 26 points from 10 games under Andre Schubert - a league high. They have scored 29 goals in that timeframe - more than any other Bundesliga side.
B04 have lost their last five matches against teams in the top five.
With 21 points from 15 games, Bayer 04 are currently having their worst start to a season since 2006/07 (19 on that occasion).
The Werkself have found the net just 19 times this season - their lowest tally at this stage of a season for 24 years. They had scored 17 goals after 15 games in 1991/92.
Gladbach (6) and Leverkusen (5) are the highest scoring teams from outside the box.
Borussia's Raffael has been directly involved in 14 Bundesliga goals under Andre Schubert (6 goals + 8 assists). No other player can beat his tally in that timeframe.
Stefan Kießling was an unused substitute in a Bundesliga match for the first time in over 10 years last weekend. The last time he remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes was on 12th March 2005, when his Nürnberg side beat Freiburg 3-2.
If Borussia win in Leverkusen, Andre Schubert will become the third Bundesliga boss to claim 29 points from their first 11 games in charge in the division. The feat was previously managed by Pep Guardiola and Klaus Toppmöller.
Roger Schmidt will take charge of his 50th Bundesliga match this weekend. Curiously, he replaced Andre Schubert as SC Paderborn boss in 2011.
FC Augsburg- FC Schalke 04
FCA have never beaten Schalke in the Bundesliga (D3, L5) and have only collected fewer points on average in the top flight against Leverkusen (0.22) than against S04 (0.38; min. 2 top-flight clashes).
The Swabians are the team Schalke have accumulated the most points per game against in the top-flight (2.25, the same as vs. Aachen, min. 5 clashes).
Augsburg have taken seven points from their last three games - more than from the previous 12 combined (6). It's the first time since the turn of the year FCA have gone three Bundesliga matches unbeaten (4 back then).
Schalke have picked up points in just one of their five clashes with sides competing in Europe this term - 1-1 in Leverkusen. Bayern, Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Gladbach netted three times in their games vs. the Royal Blues.
FCA have gone 291 Bundesliga minutes without conceding, the third-longest sequence in the club's top-flight history. Augsburg will set a new club record should they keep Schalke at bay for the opening 27 minutes.
Weinzierl's men have won just one of their last 10 home league games, spanning multiple seasons (D3, L6). They've mustered two points from their last five fixtures on home soil. Their only home win this term came vs. Hannover (2-0 on MD5).
Schalke have taken just one point from their last four Bundesliga games on a Sunday (1-1 in Leverkusen). FCA are also winless in their last four top-flight outings on a Sunday (D2, L2).
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar drew level with Ebbe Sand as Schalke's all-time foreign top goalscorer with his 73rd Bundesliga goal last time out. The Dutchman has netted six times in seven league fixtures vs. Augsburg (every 105 minutes).
Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, who is currently on loan at Schalke from Bayern, also joined FCA on a temporary basis last term. He made 16 Bundesliga appearances for them (2 goals). His first goal for FCA came against Paderborn, who were coached by his current boss Andre Breitenreiter.
Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh is suspended for the game, having amassed five yellow cards this term. FCA have won 37% of their league games with him since their promotion in 2011 but just 19% without him.
Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia have won 40 of their 84 Bundesliga games vs. Frankfurt (D16, L28) including four of the last five encounters (in addition, a 2-0 away loss on MD13 last season). They have beaten SGE more often than any other side in the top flight.
BVB have lost just one of their last 19 home competitive matches against Frankfurt (W14, D4) - that defeat came in February 2010 (3-2). Dortmund scored in all of these games; Eintracht haven't netted in this fixture for 314 minutes.
The only season when Dortmund have had more points after 15 games than now (35) was in their 2010/11 title-winning campaign (40). A nine-point gap over third place after 15 matches is also a new top-flight record (since the introduction of the three-points-for-a-win rule in 1995/96).
SGE are the only side to have lost their last three league matches. Armin Veh's side have won just one of their last 12 competitive outings - 2-1 vs. Hannover (D4, L7).
BVB have won six of their seven league games since their 5-1 defeat in Munich (L1 - 3-1 vs. HSV), collecting 18 points in the process (more than any other side in that timeframe). Their 20 goals in this run is a league high (together with Gladbach).
Only the Dortmund team of 1963/64 (45) can beat the current side's total of 42 goals after 15 games. BVB are the only side to score in every league game this term.
Borussia are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W10, D1 - 2-2 vs. Darmstadt). This is currently the longest run of such in the Bundesliga.
Eintracht have failed to score in eight of their last 12 away BL matches (8 goals in total in that timeframe). They have, however, claimed more points on the road this season (8) than at home (6).
SGE are on the verge of becoming the first side to suffer 600 Bundesliga defeats.
Only Timo Zahneiter (0.78 points/game) and Hans-Dieter Roos (0.83) have weaker Bundesliga records at SGE than Armin Veh (0.93, minimum 10 matches in charge).
Marco Russ, Carlos Zambrano and Marc Stendera are all suspended for the game. This is the first time since the last weekend of the 2013/14 season that three players for the same team have been serving bans at the same time - it was Nürnberg facing Schalke on that occasion.