Bundesliga Opta Facts: 11-13 Sept
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FC Bayern München - FC Augsburg
- Augsburg have won two of their last three games against Bayern (April 2014 and May 2015, both 1-0). FCB had already won the league on both occasions though. Markus Weinzierl is the only manager to have recorded two BL victories over Pep Guardiola.
- Guardiola's men have won the remaining eight competitive meetings between the sides since FCA were promoted to the BL in 2011 (6 in the BL, 2 in the DFB Cup), scoring 20 goals and conceding just two in the process. They have scored at least twice in each of those matches.
- Bayern's record so far this season stands at three wins from three and a +9 goal difference. This start has only been bettered four times in Bundesliga history - twice by FCB themselves (2007/08 and 2012/13) and twice by Dortmund (1994/95 and 2015/16).
- Augsburg have picked up one point so far this season, scoring once and conceding three times in the process, which represents their second-worst start to a BL season. The only time they've had a slower start came in 2012/13 (1 point, 1 goal scored, 5 conceded). They finished 15th back then.
- Bayern haven't lost a game in the first half of a Bundesliga season since October 2012 (2-1 against Leverkusen). They are currently unbeaten in 45 matches before the winter break (W37, D8). Under Guardiola, they are unbeaten in 37 games before Christmas (W32, D5).
- Markus Weinzierl's side have lost nine of their last 18 top-flight matches across multiple seasons (W4, D5), averaging one point per game in that timeframe.
- Thomas Müller, who turns 26 one day after the game, is currently the league's top scorer with five goals. The last players to have netted at least five times in the first three fixtures were Halil Altintop (FCK) and Roy Makaay (FCB) in 2005/06 (6 goals each).
- The following seven members of the current setup at FCA have previously played for FC Bayern (although some only represented the youth side or reserves): Piotr Trochowski, Markus Feulner, Tim Rieder, Arif Ekin, Philipp Max, head coach Markus Weinzierl and sporting director Stefan Reuter.
Hertha Berlin - VfB Stuttgart
- Hertha BSC are unbeaten in their last three meetings with VfB (W2, D1). Stuttgart's last win dates back to September 2013 when they secured 1-0 victory in Berlin (goal: Christian Gentner).
- Berlin have lost just three of their last 27 BL home games against VfB (W18, D6) - two of those three defeats have come in the most recent four clashes though.
- Hertha signed Vedad Ibisevic from VfB Stuttgart shortly before the end of the transfer window. Only Claudio Pizarro (176), Stefan Kießling (136), Kevin Kuranyi (111) and Robert Lewandowski (93) have scored more Bundesliga goals than Ibisevic (82) among all current players in the top flight.
- VfB have only otherwise had zero points on the board after their opening three games in 2010/11 and 2013/14 (both with a better goal difference though), with their first win of the season coming on matchday 4 each time.
- Stuttgart would set a new club record should they succumb to another defeat in their fourth league game of the season: VfB have never begun a top-flight campaign with four straight losses. Their lowest ever tally to date is one point (2014/15 and 1999/2000).
- Excluding the recently promoted and relegated teams, Berlin have been the worst side in the Bundesliga side over last 10 BL matchdays. Hertha have secured just one victory in those 10 games (D4, L5) - 1-0 in Augsburg on matchday 1.
- Including last season, VfB have recorded just one victory from their last nine BL away outings (D2, L6). That was the most important game, however - a 2-1 win in Paderborn on the final matchday last term to secure their top-flight status.
- VfB have scored six goals in all competitions this term, with Daniel Didavi and Daniel Ginczek scoring three goals each. Didavi and Ginczek both netted in the 2-1 win in Paderborn, meaning they have scored each of Stuttgart's last eight competitive goals between them.
- The 4-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt meant Alexander Zorniger became the first VfB manager to lose each of his opening three BL matches in the dugout.
- VfB keeper Przemyslaw Tyton was sent off against Frankfurt and will miss the Berlin match. It was VfB's 128th red card in their BL history - a league high (Leverkusen are in 2nd with 117 dismissals).
Eintracht Frankfurt - 1. FC Köln
- Frankfurt have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga games against Köln (D4, L4) - SGE were 3-2 winners in their last home encounter against the Billy Goats in October 2014.
- Eintracht's heaviest ever BL defeat came at the hands of Köln when they were thrashed 7-0 away from home in October 1983 (they also lost 7-0 to Karlsruhe in September 1964).
- Köln have scored two or more goals in each of their last five top-flight away games against Eintracht (11 in total).
- Frankfurt have won each of their last four games in the Saturday evening timeslot and, having taken an average of 2.3 points per game from their 11 Saturday tea-time matches, have the best record among all BL sides.
- 1. FC Köln, on the other hand, have the worst record in the Saturday evening timeslot among all current top-flight sides, failing to win in their last nine attempts (D4, L5), including a 3-2 defeat in Frankfurt in October 2014.
- Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 12 matches on home soil (W7, D5). Eintracht were last defeated in front of their own fans back in November 2014, when FC Bayern secured a 4-0 win over the Eagles.
- Having accrued seven points from their opening three games, Köln have made their best start to a BL campaign since 1996/97 (9 points back then).
- Both teams were triumphant on the previous matchday and are yet to secure back-to-back BL victories in the current calendar year.
- Köln are the only BL side to net three goals from subs this term, while five of their six goals this season have also been scored by new signings.
- 1. FC Köln (2,499 BL goals) are on the brink of their 2,500th goal in the German top flight and will become the seventh team to reach this milestone.
- Anthony Modeste has been directly involved in seven of Köln's 10 goals in all competitions this term (5 goals + 2 assists).
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Hamburger SV
- Gladbach have lost just one of their last nine BL games against HSV (W4, D4) - the only defeat in that timeframe came in Hamburg during the 2012/13 season (1-0 on MD22). The Foals are unbeaten in the last four meetings between the two sides (W3, D1).
- This season has seen Borussia lose their first three games of a Bundesliga campaign for the first time in the club's history. They have lost their last four top-flight matches (across multiple seasons), the longest run of consecutive defeats under Lucien Favre.
- Only Stuttgart (10) have conceded more goals than Hamburg (9) and Gladbach (8) in the opening three fixtures of the season. Never before have Borussia conceded as many goals at this stage of a Bundesliga campaign.
- Hamburg have lost six of their last eight games against sides sitting bottom of the table (W2). One of the victories came in Gladbach in December 2010 (2-1).
- HSV have lost eight of their last nine BL away matches (although they did win 2-1 in Mainz on MD31 last term). They have picked up zero points from their last three games on the road and are bottom of the 2015/16 away table (0 points, -6 goal difference).
- Having previously won nine home matches on the bounce, Gladbach have lost their last two league games at Borussia-Park (across multiple seasons). The last time that happened was at the start of 2014.
- Mönchengladbach are without a win in their last four Friday matches (D1, L3). They failed to net in any those matches, meaning there are without a goal in 377 minutes on a Friday.
- Granit Xhaka, who picked up two yellow cards last time out in Bremen, and Emir Spahic, who was sent off for a professional foul in Köln, will both miss the fixture.
- HSV recruited former Bremen star Aaron Hunt from VfL Wolfsburg shortly before the transfer window slammed shut. Hunt has scored 48 goals in 232 Bundesliga games.
- Lars Stindl netted in the 2-1 defeat in Bremen and has been involved in five of Gladbach's six competitive goals this season (3 goals + 2 assists).
- Sven Schipplock could make his 100th Bundesliga appearance. Gladbach's Tony Jantschke and Roel Brouwers are both on the cusp of their 150th game in the German top flight.
Hannover 96 - Borussia Dortmund
- BVB have lost just three of their last 17 matches away to Hannover (W10, D4) and have found the back of the net in each of their last 21 games there.
- With nine points and a +10 goal difference, BVB have equalled the best ever BL start to a campaign. Only Bayern in both 2012/13 and 2007/08, as well as Dortmund themselves in 1994/95, can boast as good a start - and all three went on to be crowned champions.
- Hannover 96 have accumulated just one point from their opening three games - they last made as bad a start to a campaign seven years ago (also 1 point in the 2008/09 season).
- BVB have won each of their opening eight competitive fixtures of the season and have now equalled a club record. The only other times they have claimed eight wins on the spin in all competitions were in 1976 and 2012, but those were not at the start of the season.
- Hannover are without a clean sheet in 21 games since beating Augsburg 2-0 in December 2014 - it's their longest ever run spanning two consecutive Bundesliga campaigns.
- The Lower Saxony side have had the fewest touches of the ball inside the penalty area (34) - FC Bayern average that many in a single game!
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in 15 goals in his eight competitive fixtures this term (8 goals + 7 assists) - more than any other Bundesliga player. He managed just five goals and five assists in 42 competitive outings in the whole of last season.
- Mats Hummels is on the brink of his 200th Bundesliga appearance (198 for BVB, 1 for Bayern). The defender has netted 18 goals in 199 appearances, setting up a further nine.
- Thomas Tuchel has secured victory in each of his opening eight matches in all competitions as BVB manager - the previous record by a Dortmund boss stood at five straight victories. Tuchel also won each of his opening eight competitive fixtures with Mainz in 2010/11 (before losing 1-0 to HSV).
- Michael Frontzeck was dismissed as Bielefeld manager on matchday 33 of the 2008/09 campaign after suffering a 6-0 defeat in Dortmund. The Hannover boss has not won any of his last eight top-flight meetings with BVB (D3, L5).
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - SV Werder Bremen
- Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen have met on 15 occasions in competitive fixtures (14 BL, 1 DFB Cup) and SVW have come out on top in nine of those games, with TSG recording just one victory alongside five draws.
- TSG are the side that Werder have won the most points per game against on average among all current top-flight teams (2.07).
- The 14 top-flight clashes between these sides have witnessed 51 goals, a whopping 3.6 per game on average.
- Only Köln (60) and Gladbach (53) have allowed more shots than TSG during the first three games of the new BL campaign (51). Only Köln (22) have allowed more shots on target than Hoffenheim (19).
- Hoffenheim are still without a win this term after their opening four competitive games (D1, L3) - they have only otherwise done that in 2012/13 since their promotion to the top flight in 2008, losing each of their opening four competitive outings.
- Including last season, Werder Bremen have gone six games without a win on the road (D4, L2). SVW last went on a longer winless run on their travels between April and October 2014, going eight away matches without recording a victory back then.
- TSG have produced just five shots on target this season - a league low! Hoffenheim have only had a poorer goals haul at this point of the campaign than they do now (2 goals) in the 2009/10 season (1 goal from their first 3 games).
- Anthony Ujah set a personal best in the Bundesliga during the game against Gladbach, taking a total of eight shots. Incidentally, the last Bremen player to take eight shots in a single BL game was Kevin de Bruyne (May 2013).
- Bremen netted 26 goals from set pieces last season - a league high. Two of Werder's three goals this term have come from dead balls.
- Werder captain Clemens Fritz's next victory will be his 100th in the top flight and he would become the 25th player to achieve this feat in SVW colours.
FC Ingolstadt 04 - VfL Wolfsburg
- Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg will face each other for the first time in the Bundesliga this weekend, although the teams have met once in the DFB Cup.
- FCI hosted the 2013/14 DFB Cup last 16 meeting between the two sides, but the Wolves ran out 2-1 winners. Their decisive goal came shortly before full time - Ivica Olic struck in the 89th minute.
- Die Schanzer have picked up six points from their first three games and have had the best start of any BL debutant since Hoffenheim in 2008/09 (also 6 points). The only side to have started their inaugural top-flight season stronger are Hansa Rostock (9 points in 1991/92).
- VfL's 3-0 victory over Schalke on MD3 saw them set a new club record. They now have seven points after three games, something they had never previously achieved in the Bundesliga.
- Ingolstadt have won their two BL away matches to date, but lost their only home match 4-0 against BVB (MD2). It was FCI's highest home defeat in professional football since they were founded in 2004.
- Wolfsburg are unbeaten in 11 competitive matches across multiple seasons (W7, D4). Their longest unbeaten run came between November 2014 and March 2015 (15 competitive games without defeat).
- The Wolves' last six Bundesliga defeats have all come on the road. Their record in their last seven away games is evenly balanced (W2, D3, L2).
- Defender Naldo could make his 100th BL appearance for VfL Wolfsburg in the game against Ingolstadt
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - SV Darmstadt 98
- Leverkusen and Darmstadt's only previous meetings came in the Bundesliga in 1981/82. Bayer 04 came out on top in both encounters, winning 3-2 at home and 3-1 in Darmstadt. Leverkusen ultimately maintained their top-flight status with victory in the play-offs, while SVD were relegated.
- In the second round of the 1989/90 DFB Cup, second-division hosts Darmstadt beat Bundesliga side Leverkusen 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Michael Blättel. Back then Bayer 04's current fan liaison officer, Rüdiger Vollborn, was in goal.
- Darmstadt are still unbeaten and have notched up two points more than at this stage in their two previous BL campaigns. Düsseldorf are the only newly-promoted side in Bundesliga history to ever kick off the season with four draws (1995/96).
- Bayer 04 have won their last seven BL home games - a feat most recently achieved in 2013. The last time they celebrated eight consecutive victories on home soil was between March and August 2004.
- Leverkusen have conceded just once in their last 11 competitive home games (against TSG on matchday 1) and have won 10 of those games - their only defeat in that timeframe came against Bayern in the DFB Cup quarterfinals (0-0 a.e.t., lost 5-3 on pens).
- Fewer than half of Darmstadt's passes have found a teammate (48.8%) - a league low.
- Hakan Calhanoglu scored Leverkusen's last goal and it was directly from a free kick. During the 2012/13 third-division season, he netted directly from a free kick for Karlsruhe against Darmstadt. SVD were the only BL2 team to concede three goals of that nature last term.
- Since Roberto Hilbert moved to Leverkusen in summer 2013, no player has given away more penalties - seven in total, including two on the last matchday.
- Leverkusen spent big to sign Javier Hernandez and Kevin Kampl. Kampl won the domestic double with Roger Schmidt at Salzburg in 2013/14, while Hernandez was crowned a Premier League champion with Man Utd in 2011 and 2013 (157 competitive games, 59 goals).
FC Schalke 04 - 1. FSV Mainz 05
- The Royal Blues have a positive record against Mainz in the Bundesliga, winning 10 games and losing four times (4 draws). However, Schalke have lost three of their four DFB Cup ties with the Zerofivers (1 win).
- S04 have won six and drawn two of their nine Bundesliga encounters with FSV on home soil. The only defeat dates back to May 2011, when Mainz triumphed 3-1 and took all three points back home.
- In the nine previous seasons during which these clubs have met in the Bundesliga, the Royal Blues have always come out on top in the fixture in the first half of the campaign.
- FC Schalke 04 have only lost one of their last 10 Bundesliga home games across multiple seasons (W5, D4). They were beaten 1-0 by Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday 26 of the 2014/15 season.
- None of Mainz's last 10 BL games have ended in a draw - only Bayern (18 matches) have gone longer without drawing. The last time FSV shared the spoils was in a 0-0 stalemate in Bremen in early April.
- Schalke have won 58 of the last 61 games in which they have led at half time, as well as each of the last 21 - they haven't lost on any of those occasions (3 draws). The last time they suffered a defeat after being ahead of the break came back in February 2010, when they were beaten 2-1 in Wolfsburg.
- The Zerofivers have only taken all three points in one of the last 33 Bundesliga games in which they've trailed at the break (D6, L26): Their solitary victory came against HSV in December 2013. Despite being 1-0 down at half time, they came back to win 3-2.
- Johannes Geis joined Schalke from Mainz at the start of the 2015/16 season signing a contract until 2019. He made 67 top-flight appearances for Mainz over two seasons (5 goals).
- New Mainz signing Yoshinori Muto took just three BL games to score his first brace (in the 3-0 victory over Hannover), making him the quickest Japanese player to reach two goals in the German top flight.