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Stuart Dalgleish 12th Sep 2012 - 19:27

Bundesliga Opta Facts - 14-16 September

FC Augsburg - VfL Wolfsburg

  • Two days before Vfl Wolfsburg take to the field to face Augsburg, the club will celebrate its 67th birthday; they were founded in 1945.
  • In their debut season (2011/12) in the Bundesliga, Augsburg did the double over just two teams, Wolfsburg being one of them (2-0 H, 2-1 A).
  • The 2-0 home defeat of Wolfsburg last season was the newcomers' first home win in the top flight at their seventh attempt (D3, L3) and it was their second overall in the Bundesliga.
  • Wolfsburg's goals tally has been drying up in recent weeks, scoring three, then two, then one before drawing a blank in their last outing.
  • Augsburg have produced the most attempts at goal in the Bundesliga this season (38) but their conversion rate lies at just 4%, worsened only by goalless Hamburg. .
  • Wolfsburg have a lowly attempts-to-goals conversion rate of 5.9% and have mustered just four shots on target all season, a shooting accuracy of 23.5%, which is the worst in the Bundesliga.
  • Augsburg's passing accuracy in the opposition's half has been 77.3%, bettered only by Bayern Munich (83.7%).
  • Frenchman Giovanni Sio is on loan at Augsburg from Wolfsburg following an unimpressive season in 2011/12, the striker made only nine appearances without scoring for his parent club.
  • Ja-Cheol Koo, who is on loan at Augsburg from Wolfsburg, will miss the match through injury.
  • Daniel Bajer made a total of 16 Bundesliga appearance for Wolfsburg in two spells, squeezing in a loan spell at Augsburg before making a permanent move to the Bavaria outfit to play a part in their promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Simon Jentzsch donned the gloves for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on 142 occasions before falling out of favour, the goalkeeper followed his release by signing for Augsburg in 2009.

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Borussia Dortmund - Bayer Leverkusen

  • Leverkusen have won just one of the last 10 meetings between the sides since 2007 (D4, L5), a 2-0 win at Dortmund in August 2010.
  • Dortmund have lost just once at home since the defeat to Leverkusen in 2010 (W27, D6), a 2-1 reverse to Hertha Berlin in September 2011.
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 30 league games, drawing just six.  Their last defeat came at Hannover on September 18 2011 and their unbeaten run has only been bettered by Hamburg between 1982-83.
  • Despite an opening day 2-1 defeat at Frankfurt, Leverkusen have won on five of their last six competitive outings.
  • Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle and Kevin Großkreutz will all be vying to make their 100th appearance in the Bundesliga this weekend.
  • Both the goals Dortmund have conceded in the league this season were headers from corners by Czech internationals. Leverkusen's Michal Kadlec, a Czech international, has scored four of his seven goals this season following corners, three of which were headed.
  • Dortmund's Sebastian Kehl has not tasted defeat in over two years (W28, 6D), he last figured in a losing team in the 2-0 loss to Leverkusen in August 2010.
  • In Dortmund's last six competitive games, Jakub Blaszczykowski had a hand in seven goals (four goals, three assists).  A Polish player has played a part in all seven of Dortmund's goals this season.
  • Managers Jürgen Klopp's average of two points per game and Sascha Lewandowski's 2.13 points per game is the highest return of any manager in both teams' respective Bundesliga histories.
  • Sami Hyypiä is no stranger to success in Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, lifting the UEFA Cup in the stadium as a player with Liverpool, who defeated Alaves 5-4 in 2001.

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FC Bayern München - 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • Mainz have lost just one of their last four league games vs Bayern (W2, D1), with Bayern failing to secure home wins in the last two visits of Mainz (D1, L1).
  • Bayern have won their opening two fixtures of the season for the first time since 2007/08, when they went on to secure a Bundesliga and German Cup double.
  • Taking just one point from a possible six represents the worst start to a league season for Mainz since 2005.  In the last two seasons, they have taken maximum points from their opening two fixtures.
  • With maximum points, nine goals scored and just one conceded, Bayern are enjoying their joint-best start to a season, equalling the 1987/88 campaign when they ultimately finished as runners-up.
  • Bayern have recorded four wins from four in all competitions so far, a feat they have not achieved since 2000/01, a season which ended with Bundesliga and Champions League trophies.
  • Mainz are the only team to take points away from Allianz Arena in Bayern's last 11 home matches in the Bundesliga, the two sides played out a 0-0 draw in April 2012.
  • Mainz are winless in their last six league matches (D4, L2) and have only netted once in that period.
  • Three Bayern players are among the Bundesliga's top 20 in duels; Boateng (80%; 5th), Badstuber (77%; 12th) and Dante (73%; 19th).
  • New signing Maro Mandzukic has netted in every Bayern game thus far this season, taking his goal tally to five.
  • Thomas Müller of Bayern is currently the Bundesliga's top scorer with three goals, a feat which took him 21 matches to achieve last season.
  • Bayern's Claudio Pizarro is aiming to join Ze Roberto and Levan Kobiashvili as a record-holder of the highest number of appearances by a foreign player in the Bundesliga, boasting 335 league outings to date.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach - 1. FC Nürnberg

  • Gladbach have tasted defeat at the hands of Nürnberg more than any side, being on the wrong end of a result on 21 occasions in the Bundesliga.
  • Nürnberg are without a league win at Gladbach in almost seven years.  They have won on just four of 27 visits to Gladbach (W4, D5).
  • The first goal has proved to be crucial in the history of this fixture, Gladbach have never lost having scored first (W23, D2), while Nürnberg have lost only once having taken a 1-0 lead (W21, D4).
  • In the last eight meetings between the pair, only 10 goals have been scored and six of these games (including the last three) have been won by a single goal.
  • Nürnberg have won their last three away games in the league, a feat not achieved for over 21 years.  A win at Gladbach would equal the club record of four successive away wins recorded in 1987/88.
  • A 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim is Gladbach's only defeat in their last 21 league matches (W13, D7).
  • Nürnberg have found the net in each of their last eight league games, the third longest run of this kind in history behind Schalke (13) and Dortmund (11).
  • Nürnberg have the league's worst passing accuracy (68.6%) and crossing accuracy (7.4%).
  • In five competitive outings, Juan Arango has scored three and assisted three goals.
  • Raphael Schäfer could move to joint third in all-time Bundesliga appearances for Nürnberg this weekend, if he plays it will be his 189th appearance for the club.
  • Nürnberg's Almog Cohen is aiming to make his 50th Bundesliga appearance in the match, whilst teammate Per Nilsson turns 30 on the day of the game.

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VfB Stuttgart - Fortuna Düsseldorf

  • Düsseldorf have won only two of their 20 BL games at Stuttgart (D6, L12), but these were the last two - both in 1996. Overall, six of the last seven meetings between the two teams have ended with an away win.
  • The last meeting between these sides was on March 21st 1997, when Stuttgart won 4-0 at Düsseldorf.
  • For only the second time in their Bundesliga history (after 2010/11), Stuttgart lost the opening two games of a season. When considering their goal difference (1-7), it is their worst start ever.
  • Only eight teams in BL history have had a worse start than Stuttgart, the most recent being Köln last season. Worst of all were Düsseldorf in 1986/87, when they lost their opening two matches and had a goal difference of 0-8.
  • Düsseldorf are the only professional football team in Germany yet to concede a goal in a competitive game - as well as their two BL games so far, they also kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 Cup win at Burghausen.
  • Stuttgart, on the other hand, have conceded the most goals in the Bundesliga (7) after two matchdays.
  • Stuttgart have won six of their last eight BL home games (D1, L1), losing only against Wolfsburg (0-1).
  • Düsseldorf are unbeaten in eight competitive games (W4, D4), spanning the seasons - their last defeat was a 1-2 loss at Dresden in their BL.2 game on April 16.
  • Bruno Labbadia and Norbert Meier have met only once as managers: In the first round of the German Cup 2009/10, Labbadia's Hamburg eliminated Meier's Düsseldorf in a penalty shootout (4-1), following an exciting 3-3 (a.e.t).
  • Christian Gentner could make his 200th BL appearance in this game, while Tunay Torun could make his 50th.
  • Stuttgart must make do without Vedad Ibisevic, who is suspended. Düsseldorf, on the other hand, will welcome back captain Andreas Lambertz, who returns from a suspension.
  • Stuttgart's Martin Harnik had his breakthrough as a Düsseldorf player: In 2009/10, the Austrian scored 13 goals (with two assists) in 30 games in the 2nd league.

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Hannover 96 - Werder Bremen

  • Hannover have won their last two home games against Bremen (3-2, 4-1) - they have won consecutive home games against Werder only once before this (five overall, between 1965 and 1969).
  • While Werder have failed to qualify for international competitions for two consecutive seasons, Hannover have succeeded in doing so for the first time in their club history.
  • Hannover have lost none of their first seven competitive games (just like last season) - if they avoid a defeat against Bremen, they would set a new club record in their BL history.
  • Hannover's tally of 27 competitive goals this season have been scored by 15 different players. In the whole of last season, only 13 different players scored for the team.
  • Last season, Hannover were the only team in German professional football to remain unbeaten in the league at home (W10, D7). Overall, they are unbeaten in 19 home games, with their last loss coming on MD32 of 2010/11 versus Gladbach (0-1).
  • Spanning the seasons, Werder have been waiting for a BL away win for six games (D1, L5). They have managed to keep a clean sheet in only one of their last 27 league games on foreign soil - 0-0 at Lautern in January 2012.
  • During the international break, 11 Werder players left to join their respective national teams, while Hannover had to make do without seven of their players.
  • Former Bremen player Leon Andreasen has the joint-most goals in competitive games this season, along with Bayern's Mario Mandzukic (5). The Dane has already broken his personal record for a season - he had scored four goals for Mainz in 2006/07.
  • In Bremen's 2-0 win over Hamburg on MD2, Aaron Hunt became only the sixth player in BL history who missed a penalty and then took another in the same game. He found the net on the second attempt (like all five of his predecessors).
  • Current Hannover manager Mirko Slomka lost his job at Schalke following a 1-5 defeat at Bremen in April 2008.
  • Mohammed Abdellaoue has scored four goals in three BL games versus Werder (among those his only hat-trick), making Bremen his favourite opponent as a goalscorer.

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Greuther Fürth - FC Schalke 04

  • Fürth and Schalke will meet for the first time ever in a competitive game.
  • There have been meetings, however, between Schalke and Greuther's predecessor as a club, the SpVgg Fürth. The latter lost only one of their five games versus Schalke (W2, D2).
  • Last season in the 2nd league, Fürth were the best home team, winning 14 and drawing once (L2). In what is their first BL season, however, they lost their home opener versus Bayern (0-3).
  • Schalke are unbeaten in six competitive games, spanning the seasons (W4, D2). Their last defeat came against Dortmund on MD31 of last season (1-2).
  • Schalke have found the net at least once in each of their last 16 competitive games - the last time they failed to score was in March in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 game at Twente Enschede (0-1).
  • On MD 1 and 2 of the Bundesliga, Fürth had an average possession of only 29.8% - by far the least of all teams. No team has had as little possession in a BL game this season as Fürth had vs Bayern (28.4%) or at Mainz (31.1%).
  • As a player, Fürth manager Mike Büskens made 257 BL appearances for Schalke. He won the UEFA-Cup 1997 and the German Cup 2001 and 2002 under manager Huub Stevens, who is Büskens' opposite today.
  • Büskens has also been Schalke manager twice in his career (2008 and 2009). In 15 BL games as a manager of the club, he recorded nine wins, two draws and four defeats.
  • Fürth's Gerald Asamoah made 279 BL appearances for Schalke (44 goals) between 1999 and 2010 and won the Cup 2001 and 2002 with the club. His teammates Christopher Nöthe and Tayfun Pektürk played in Schalke's youth side.
  • Fürth's new signing Edu could make his debut for the team against one of his ex-clubs. He made 42 BL appearances for Schalke (five goals, two as­sists).

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SC Freiburg - 1899 Hoffenheim

  • Freiburg have lost only one of their last seven competitive games versus Hoffenheim (W3, D3) - the BL game in November 2009 (1-0 at Freiburg).
  • Freiburg are unbeaten in five BL games versus Hoffenheim (W2, D3) - only against Nürnberg have they gone longer without a defeat (six games - W4, D2).
  • Hoffenheim have lost their opening two BL games and have conceded six goals, their worst start to a season in their BL history. For the first time ever, they are ranked on one of the relegation spots (17th).
  • Just like last season, Freiburg won only one point in their opening two games of the season. Their goals tally (1) is their worst since 2004/05, when they were last relegated.
  • Hoffenheim have lost their last six competitive games, spanning the seasons. Their last win came against Hamburg on MD30 of last season (4-0 at home).
  • Under manager Christian Streich, Freiburg have lost none of their nine home games (W4, D5) - if they avoid defeat against Hoffenheim, they would top their club record from 1994/95.
  • Freiburg have won none of their last eight BL games (D4, L4) on a Sunday, while Hoffenheim have won none of their last seven (D4, L3).
  • Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel has a points average of only 1.06 in 16 BL games with the team, equaling Marco Pezzaiuoli's club record. Pezzaiuoli lost his job after 17 BL games at the end of the 2010/11 season.
  • Two of four players sent off in this BL season so far have been Hoffenheim players, this despite Hoffenheim having conceded only 22 fouls (only Bremen fewer - 21).
  • Sejad Salihovic and Stefan Schröck are the two Hoffenheim players suspended due to a second-yellow dismissal. Salihovic was only the second player in league history to be sent off with his second yellow after only four minutes on the field  (the first being Stuttgart's Thomas Schneider in 1998).

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Eintracht Frankfurt - Hamburger SV

  • Frankfurt are one of Hamburg's two favourite opponents in the league - they have won 41 games (of 87 overall) against them (just like versus Stuttgart), the most against any team.
  • For the fifth time ever (and the first since 2004/05), Hamburg have lost their opening two BL games of a season and only in 1973/74 did they have a worse goal difference (0-5) than now (0-3).
  • Frankfurt, on the other hand, won their opening two BL games for the fifth time ever (and the first time since 1999/00, when they ended the season ranked 14th). The only time they had a better goal difference than now (6-1) was in 1991/92 (7-1), when they finished third.
  • Just one of 12 newly-promoted teams in BL history that have won their opening two games ended up being relegated at the end of that season - Köln in 2005/06 (finished 17th).
  • Spanning the seasons, Hamburg have failed to score in four consecutive BL games, equaling a club record. Their minutes record of 473 without a goal (April 2000) could also be broken at Frankfurt (currently they have 391 minutes).
  • Current Frankfurt boss Armin Veh won his first two BL games as Hamburg manager in 2010/11 but started to face criticism in late October after the team lost 2-5 versus Frankfurt in round 2 of the German Cup. In mid-March 2011, Veh was sacked after a 0-6 defeat at Munich.
  • Current Hamburg manager Thorsten Fink has a points average of only 1.07 - by far the worst among all Hamburg managers who oversaw at least as many games as Fink has now (27).
  • Frankfurt's Martin Lanig has scored twice in just 15 minutes of playing time this season. Along with Düsseldorf's Dani Schahin, he has the most goals as a substitute, and he is the only player with two headed goals this season.
  • Hamburg's new signing Rafael van der Vaart is likely to be eligible to play for his new club against Frankfurt. In his first stint with Hamburg, he scored four goals in two BL games against Frankfurt.
  • Frankfurt's Alexander Meier joined Hamburg's youth setup at age 12. In 2001, he made his professional debut for Hamburg's rivals St. Pauli, for which he played on a loan from Hamburg. Hamburg are also Meier's favourite opponent in the Bundesliga - he's scored five goals in 11 games against them, all of them at home.

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