Bundesliga Opta Facts - 14-16 August
FC Augsburg v Hertha BSC
- FC Augsburg have lost just one of their last six BL meetings with Hertha BSC (a 1-0 defeat in February 2015 - their most recent clash). The team from the capital had previously gone four games without scoring against FCA.
- Hertha have yet to win a BL game in Augsburg (D1, L2). Pal Dardai's men are also yet to find the back of the net there.
- Weinzierl's men sprung a surprise in the 2014/15 Bundesliga season by finishing fifth in the table. This season will be the first time that FCA will be competing on three fronts (Bundesliga, DFB Cup and the Europa League).
- The Berlin side survived by the skin of their teeth last season, finishing 15th, level on points with Hamburger SV who contested the relegation play-off. Dardai's side scored just 12 goals in 17 BL games after the winter break. Only relegated Paderborn netted fewer (10).
- Hertha are without a win in seven BL matches (D3, L4) and have picked up just a solitary point from their last five games. The last time they went on such a run was between February and April 2014 (9 matches on that occasion - D4, L5).
- FCA have only picked up points on MD1 in their inaugural top-flight campaign (2011/12 - 2-2 home draw against Freiburg). They have lost each of their last three opening fixtures, scoring no goals and conceding at least twice on each occasion.
- BSC have lost each of their last three Bundesliga games on the road. The only time they have been on a worse run came in the second half of their 2011/12 relegation season, when they lost four away matches on the bounce.
- Augsburg won 15 of the 16 BL games they took the lead in during the 2014/15 season and only dropped two points from winning positions (in a 2-2 home draw against Frankfurt) - the best record in the division.
- The game sees the BL's two youngest bosses go head-to-head: Markus Weinzierl (40 years old) and Pal Dardai (39). Curiously, both replaced Jos Luhukay at their respective clubs.
SV Werder Bremen v FC Schalke 04
- Schalke are unbeaten in 10 Bundesliga fixtures against Bremen, recording seven wins and three draws in that timeframe. Werder have netted just four goals against the Royal Blues in the six most recent meetings.
- S04 have not suffered a defeat in their last seven outings in Bremen (W4 D3) - Werder last prevailed on home soil against Schalke in April 2008 (5-1).
- Werder Bremen struggled in the DFB Cup away to third-tier Würzburger Kickers, needing extra time to earn a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Anthony Ujah and Fin Bartels.
- The Royal Blues have not claimed victory in any of their last five season openers (D2, L3). Schalke last got off to a winning start in 2009/10, triumphing 2-1 away to Nürnberg under a newly appointed Felix Magath.
- SVW have been beaten in just one of their last 13 season openers at the Weserstadion (3-2 to Frankfurt in 2009/10), recording 10 wins and two draws in the other 12 matches.
- Bremen lost their two leading goalscorers from last season over summer in the form of Franco Di Santo (13 goals) and Davie Selke (9) - Anthony Ujah (from 1. FC Köln) and Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar) have been brought in to fill the void left by the duo.
- Franco Di Santo switched sides during the summer, moving to FC Schalke 04. He missed from the spot in the DFB Cup first round, but went on to score his first goal for S04 soon after from open play.
- New Werder signing Anthony Ujah got off the mark for Bremen in his first competitive game with his first and only shot to date in Bremen colours, netting the opener away to Würzburger Kickers (2-0 final score).
- A deadly set-piece specialist has joined Schalke in the form of Johannes Geis (3 goals directly free kicks for Mainz last term). He scored on his competitive debut for Schalke in the cup in Duisburg, curling in a free kick.
- After taking charge of a competitive game for the first time for his new club in the cup match in Duisburg (5-0 win), 41-year-old Andre Breitenreiter will be in the Schalke dugout for the first time for a BL game in Bremen.
SV Darmstadt 98 v Hannover 96
- These two sides have met 14 times in the second tier and once in the DFB Cup: The Lilies have five wins compared to Hannover's four, and there have been six draws. This will be their first ever clash in the Bundesliga.
- Hannover have struggled in Darmstadt in the past, recording just one win from seven trips there and that was almost 31 years ago (2-1 in November 1984). The Lilies have claimed three home wins over 96, with the other three matches ending all square.
- 96 ensured their safety in 2014/15 thanks to back-to-back wins at the end of the campaign. They're actually unbeaten in four BL matches (W2, D2), a run they last enjoyed between April and September 2014 (8 games back then).
- The Lower Saxony club have become opening-day experts over the last few years, remaining unbeaten in their last five games on matchday 1, recording four wins (1 draw) - 96's last defeat in their season opener was against Hertha in 2009/10 (1-0).
- Darmstadt were the second-tier's best home side in 2014/15 (38 points) and are unbeaten in their last 12 league games on home soil. They were beaten just once in front of their own fans last season (4-1 against Düsseldorf in October 2014).
- The Lilies had the joint-best defence in the 2. Bundesliga in 2014/15, conceding just 26 goals.The promoted side kept 17 clean sheets - also a league best together with KSC.
- Four of the five Hannover players that had a hand in the most goals last season have left the club in the form of Joselu, Jimmy Briand, Leonardo Bittencourt and Lars Stindl. Only Hiroshi Kiyotake (5 goals + 5 assists) has remained with 96.
- New Hannover signing Charlison Benschop netted three times against Darmstadt in the second tier last term. He bagged a brace in Düsseldorf's 2-0 win in March 2015 and also got on the scoresheet in their 4-1 away victory earlier in the campaign.
- The two coaches met seven times as BL players: Dirk Schuster played for Karlsruhe in each match-up, while Michael Frontzeck featured for Stuttgart, Bochum and Freiburg. They each recorded one win, while five meetings ended in draws.
Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach
- Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach have won 29 meetings each in the Bundesliga, while there have also been 28 draws between the sides.
- You only have to go back to March 2014 for Gladbach's last victory in Dortmund (2-1) - that was their only win there in the last 17 years though, otherwise recording 11 defeats and two draws.
- The Foals lost 1-0 away to BVB last term - it was their first defeat of the season following 18 games unbeaten in all competitions which saw them set a new club record since being promoted to the top flight in August 1965.
- Lucien Favre's side have qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 38 years: Gladbach reached the semi-finals of the 1977/78 European Cup and also finished runners-up in the BL that same season.
- BVB spent the 2014/15 winter break in a direct relegation spot for the first time in the club's history (17th), before turning things around in the second half of the season and claiming victory in each of their last four home games of the campaign.
- Gladbach were the best team of the second half of last season, picking up 39 points and letting in just 10 goals - a new defensive record in the history of the Bundesliga for the second part of the season.
- Dortmund's season opener last term was also scheduled for the late Saturday kick-off. BVB conceded the fastest goal in BL history from Karim Bellarabi after just nine seconds during a 2-0 home loss to Leverkusen!
- Gladbach covered the most distance per game on average last season (118.7km), with BVB ranking just behind them (118.4km).
- Thomas Tuchel will take on his bogey side in his first BL match in charge of BVB: He is without a win in his last six BL encounters with Gladbach (D1, L5).
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in seven of BVB's eight competitive goals in the new season (4 goals + 3 assists). The Armenian racked up just five goals and five assists in 42 matches in all competitions last term.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
- Leverkusen have won 12 of their 14 BL meetings with Hoffenheim (D1, L1). Against no other side have TSG lost as many top-tier games.
- TSG's 5-2 defeat in Leverkusen on MD3 of the 2008/09 season was the Sinsheim side's first BL defeat. It was also the first time they conceded in the top flight, having kept clean sheets in each of their first two matches.
- Leverkusen's last BL home game of the 2014/15 season came against Hoffenheim. Roger Schmidt's men won 2-0 on that occasion to set a club record of six consecutive home wins without conceding.
- TSG have won just one of their nine BL away games in 2015 (2-1 in Hannover). They have drawn two and lost the other six.
- Kevin Kuranyi has returned to the Bundesliga after five years with Dynamo Moscow. He scored 50 goals in 123 league games for the Russian side. Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler gave Kuranyi his Germany debut on 29th March 2003 (1-1 draw vs. Lithuania).
- Stefan Kießling (135 goals) and Kuranyi (111) are the highest currently active BL top scorers.
- Roberto Firmino left TSG this summer to join Liverpool. The Brazilian scored 38 goals and claimed 24 assists in 140 BL games for Hoffenheim.
- Bayer 04 Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on the opening day of the 2014/15 season. Karim Bellarabi netted after just nine seconds - the quickest goal in Bundesliga history to date.
FSV Mainz 05 v FC Ingolstadt
- Mainz and Ingolstadt's only previous meetings came in the 2008/09 second-division campaign. FCI netted three goals on each occasion. They won 3-0 in Mainz but lost 4-3 at home.
- FC Ingolstadt are the 54th team to compete in the Bundesliga and the fourth debutants since 2011/12. Die Schanzer will be Mainz's 30th top-flight opponents.
- Paderborn and Fürth were relegated in their first seasons but fellow BL newcomers Augsburg and Hoffenheim have gone on to establish themselves in the top tier of German football.
- Mainz also faced a BL debutant on the opening day of last season. The 2-2 draw handed Paderborn their first ever top-flight point.
- SCP's two predecessors also have good memories of facing Mainz: Greuther Fürth (2012/13 - 1-0 away on MD2) and FC Augsburg (2011/12 - 1-0 away on MD9) recorded their first BL victories against FSV!
- The last four teams promoted to the BL who started their season on the road each recorded victories. The last side to do this was Fortuna Düsseldorf in Augsburg during 2012 (2-0 win).
- The 05ers have remained unbeaten on the opening day of the season since returning to the top flight in 2009 (W3, D3). Additionally, they have won four out of five matches when the opener has been played at home (1 draw).
- Elias Kachunga netted Paderborn's first ever BL goal (against Mainz last season) and could also achieve that feat for Ingolstadt. The only player to net two BL sides' first top-flight goal is Dietmar Demuth (for St. Pauli and Leverkusen - both from the penalty spot).
- Martin Schmidt's side have signed Florian Niederlechner, who netted 15 goals and provided seven assists for Heidenheim in the second division.
- The only player in the second division last season to have a better record for goal involvement than Niederlechner was Ingolstadt's Pascal Groß. He scored seven goals and his tally of 16 assists.
FC Bayern München v Hamburger SV
- Ever since the reigning champions opened the Bundesliga season with a home game (since 2002), they have yet to suffer a defeat (W10, D3) - the title holders have won each of the last six curtain raisers.
- It's the eighth time that FCB have been in the season opener as defending champions. With six wins and a draw, their record is almost impeccable - the only time they dropped points came against Hamburg though (2-2 draw on 15th August 2008 at the Allianz Arena).
- On 14th August 1965, exactly 50 years ago, Bayern played the first BL game in their history. The side including Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller were defeated 1-0 by Munich rivals TSV 1860 though (goal from Friedhelm ‘Timo' Konietzka).
- Hamburger SV are without a win against Bayern in 13 competitive games (D3, L10). The northern side last triumphed over FCB in the top flight on 26th September 2009 (1-0 at home) - that was under Bruno Labbadia too.
- HSV last recorded a victory away to Bayern back in April 2007 (2-1 in the BL), which was then followed by two draws and most recently, six straight defeats in Munich. Hamburg have conceded 5.3 goals per game on average during those losses (32:3 goals in favour of FCB!)
- This is Bayern's 250th competitive fixture at the Allianz Arena. They celebrated their highest ever win there against HSV (8-0 in their most recent meeting in February 2015), but also suffered their first top-flight defeat there to Hamburg too (2-1 in March 2006).
- FC Bayern secured their third successive German championship in the 2014/15 campaign. No side has ever won four titles on the spin in (West) German footballing history.
- HSV only secured their top-flight status via the relegation play-off last term - as they did in 2013/14 too - and go into their 53rd season in the Bundesliga as the record club in Germany in that regard.
- FC Bayern are unbeaten in their last 42 BL games during the first half of the season (W34, D8) - the longest run ever in the league's history. The Munich club last lost a league match before the winter break in a 2-1 defeat at home to Leverkusen on 28th October 2012.
- New FCB signing Arturo Vidal played for Bayer 04 under current Hamburg head coach Bruno Labbadia in 2008/09. The Chilean scored his only own goal in the top flight in December 2010 in Leverkusen's 4-2 win over HSV.
VfB Stuttgart v 1. FC Köln
- VfB Stuttgart have not won against 1. FC Köln at home in the top flight since September 1996 or in 10 games (L4, D6). VfB triumphed 4-0 back then courtesy of goals from Thomas Schneider, Zvonimir Soldo, Giovane Elber and Krasimir Balakov.
- Stuttgart have never suffered as long a winless BL home run against any other side. Their previous longest sequence was eight matches without victory on home soil against 1860 München which began in February 1995 and only ended in October 2002.
- VfB finished last season in 14th place thanks to three victories in their final three games. Apart from after the final matchday, Stuttgart occupied one of the bottom three spots for the entire duration after the winter break.
- 1. FC Köln ended last term in a respectable 12th position following their promotion back to the Bundesliga. The Billy Goats never dropped below 14th during the whole season.
- VfB Stuttgart have won just one of their last six opening matchday fixtures (D1, L4). They recorded a 3-0 home victory over FC Schalke 04 in the 2011/12 campaign.
- Across all leagues, 1. FC Köln haven't triumphed in their first game of the season in seven years (D2, L5). They last prevailed on matchday 1 in the 2007/08 second-division campaign, winning 2-0 away to FC St. Pauli.
- Stuttgart are unbeaten in their last six BL games on home soil (W4, D2), something they last did three years ago (seven games between February and May 2012,). They last came undone in front of their own fans during a 3-2 loss to Dortmund on 20th February.
- Peter Stöger's side have not scored a goal away from home in 495 minutes or seven matches in the top flight. Köln have only gone longer without netting an away goal once, when they failed to net in 552 minutes on the road in 2001/02!
- Daniel Didavi and Daniel Ginczek, whose goals secured VfB's top-flight status on matchday 34 last season with a 2-1 win in Paderborn, netted again and in the same order in the 2-1 DFB Cup first-round win in Kiel.
- New Köln signing Anthony Modeste bagged three goals in his first competitive game for his new employers during a 4-0 cup victory in Meppen. It was his first ever hat-trick in German professional football.
VfL Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt
- VfL have only lost four of their 26 BL meetings with Frankfurt (W12, D10). SGE's win percentage against Wolfsburg is lower than against any other team they've played over at least two BL seasons (15.4%).
- Frankfurt have faced Wolfsburg away from home on 13 occasions in the BL but have only returned home with all three points once (D5, L7). Their only victory in Wolfsburg (2-0 in December 2012) was also their only clean sheet there to date.
- The Wolves secured their first DFB Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Dortmund and finished as BL runners-up for the first time in the club's history in 2014/15. VfL also triumphed over Bayern in the Supercup in early August (1-1 a.e.t., 5-4 win on pens).
- Wolfsburg have failed to win their opening match in the last two BL seasons (lost 2-1 in Munich in 2014/15, lost 2-0 in Hannover in 2013/14) and even went without a win in their first five competitive games last season.
- VfL are undefeated in 22 BL home games (W16, D6) and will hope to extend their club record against Frankfurt. Their last defeat on home soil came on matchday 24 of the 2013/14 season when they lost 6-1 to Bayern München.
- Eintracht are without a win in any of their last 11 BL games on the road (D3, L8) - they were the worst away team in 2014/15. The last time they went this many consecutive away games without a victory was when they were relegated in the 2010/11 season.
- There were a total of 118 goals in Frankfurt's BL games last season - a league high (average of 3.5 per game).
- Armin Veh celebrates his managerial return to Frankfurt in the BL this weekend with an encounter against his former club. He was in charge of VfL from summer 2009 until late January 2010. Veh has failed to win his last three BL games against Wolfsburg as a coach.
- Dieter Hecking has celebrated the first two titles of his managerial career in the past 11 weeks (DFB Cup and Supercup). Out of the current BL managers, he has the most top-flight experience (291 games), while Veh is second (279 games).