Bundesliga Opta Facts - 16 - 18 Oct
This will be the first BL meeting between FC Augbsurg and SV Darmstadt 98. The clash is the 875th individual match-up in the league's history (and will be followed by the 876th on Sunday, when Stuttgart face Ingolstadt).
The teams met 12 times in the 2. Liga South, now the 2. Liga, between 1974 and 1983. Darmstadt were victors in seven of those matches, with FCA winning just three (D2).
The two sides faced have faced each other 16 times since the reintroduction of the regional leagues in 1994 - FCA have won ten of those meetings and Darmstadt three (D3). Augsburg are also unbeaten in their last 12 matches against the Bundesliga new boys.
The newly promoted side have set a new club record in the BL this season, with ten points from their opening eight games. Darmstadt had six points at this stage of the 1981/82 season and just five in 1978/79.
Augsburg have lost five of their last six competitive matches on home soil (W1). They have already lost three BL home games this term - last season, they lost just four in the whole campaign!
Dirk Schuster's side have scored three goals away from home in the Bundesliga this season and remain unbeaten on their travels (W1, D2).
After not going behind in any of their first four BL games, Darmstadt have conceded the opening goal in each of their last four league matches.
Both teams could reach a new milestone this matchday: The hosts (currently on 97) are on the brink of their 100th BL goal at home, while the visitors (96) are closing in on their 100th BL goal in total.
In making his 308th BL appearance on the last matchday, Augsburg's Halil Altintop equalled South Korean Bum-Kun Cha's appearance record and so moved up to 10th place in the all-time non-German BL appearance rankings.
Darmstadt's Marcel Hesser has been directly involved in five of their ten BL goals (4 goals + 1 assist) this season, as well as seven of the 15 goals in all competitions (5 goals + 2 assists).
Bremen have lost their last nine BL games against Bayern, scoring just six goals and conceding 39 in the process! This is Werder's longest run of consecutive defeats against a Bundesliga club.
The last time SVW beat Bayern in a competitive game was over seven years ago (5-2 BL away win in Munich in September 2008). Since then there have been 15 meetings between the two sides (12 wins for the record champions and three draws).
Bayern could celebrate their 999th top-flight victory in their 99th BL fixture against Werder, while Bremen could concede their 999th goal at home (currently (998)! Incidentally, Guardiola's side have notched up 99 goals to date in 2015.
Having gone eight games at the start of the season without dropping a point, FCB have matched their BL record from the 2012/13 campaign. Back then they lost 2-1 at home to Leverkusen on matchday nine though.
Werder have lost four consecutive BL games for the first time under Viktor Skripnik, suffering their longest winless run in over three years (5 consecutive defeats across multiple seasons between April and August 2012) in the process.
FCB are unbeaten in 50 BL home games since October 2012 (W42, D8) - the longest run in Bundesliga history. They've also won all of their last 16 games in the first half of a campaign.
If games only lasted 45 minutes, Bayern would have 10 points less to their name and have scored only six goals and conceded four. They've netted every 16 minutes on average in the second half of matches and are yet to ship a goal after the break (22 goals scored)!
Robert Lewandowski has scored nine goals in three consecutive BL games, setting a new record. The Pole has 12 goals to his name after eight matchdays, equalling the league record for this stage of a season.
Thomas Müller has netted eight goals in the opening eight BL games - a new personal record. Seven of his eight goals have come at home, while he has only scored once on the road (in the 2-1 win in Hoffenheim).
Claudio Pizarro comes up against his former teammates exactly 108 days after his contract ended at FC Bayern. The Peruvian has notched up 125 goals for the Munich club compared to 124 for Bremen in all competitions to date - however, he hasn't managed to score in any of his five appearances since returning to SVW.
SGE are unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga meetings with Gladbach (W2, D1), although Borussia won 2-1 at Frankfurt in the second round of last season's DFB Cup. The last meeting ended 0-0 (April 2015 in Frankfurt).
SGE are without a win in their last four games, collecting only two points from a possible 12 in that timeframe, which has seen them drop from fourth to 12th in the table. Their last such run came between matchdays 26 and 31 of last season (6 consecutive games).
Schubert's men lost their first five league games this term, but since then have enjoyed three wins on the bounce. Their last such winning streak was from matchdays 30 to 33 in 2014/15 (4 wins in a row on that occasion).
Frankfurt are unbeaten in 14 BL homes games (W8, D6) - they last went on such a run between February and November 2000 (15 games without defeat). Their last home loss was inflicted by Bayern in November 2014 (4-0).
The Eagles are currently the league's most successful team in the Saturday evening fixture, averaging 2.3 points per game and winning each of their last five. Gladbach played their first game of 2015/16 in that timeslot but lost to BVB (4-0).
The Foals found themselves 1-0 down in all seven of Lucien Favre's competitive games this season. In four fixtures under Schubert, however, Borussia have always struck first.
Andre Schubert is the only Gladbach manager to have won each of his first three Bundesliga matches. Only six men have got off to better starts, with the most recent one being then Kaiserslautern boss Andreas Brehme in 2000/01 (4).
Armin Veh played for Borussia between 1979 and 1983, as well as the 1984/85 campaign, amassing 65 BL appearances and three goals in the process. Whilst in charge of Greuther Fürth at the start of 1997/98, he was now Gladbach current sporting director Max Eberl's boss.
Raffael has recorded five assists in three games under Schubert and has recorded more league assists than any other players (5, same as Douglas Costa). He could make his 200th BL appearance in the game against Frankfurt.
Frankfurt's Anderson played 13 times for Borussia in the 2010/11 BL season. Gladbach later loaned the Brazilian out to Eintracht before he signed a permanent contract with the Eagles in 2012/13.
Leverkusen have only lost two of their last 12 meetings with Hamburger SV (W6, D4).
Bayer 04's two defeats in that timeframe came in their two most recent trips to the Volksparkstadion (lost 2-1 and 1-0).
Only Bayern (43) have inflicted more Bundesliga defeats on Leverkusen than HSV (27).
Matchday eight's 3-0 loss to Hertha BSC consigned HSV to consecutive BL defeats for the first time since Bruno Labbadia returned to the club (previously beaten 1-0 by Schalke).
Leverkusen have made their worst attacking start to a BL season in 24 years, having scored just eight goals in their opening eight games. In 1991/92 they had netted only seven times by this stage of the campaign.
Hamburg have scored just one goal in their last four Bundesliga games. Throughout the entire calendar year, only Hertha BSC, who strengthened their side in the meantime; have scored fewer top-flight goals (23) than HSV (24, same as Schalke).
HSV's 1-0 defeat to Schalke was the club's first home defeat in seven competitive games across multiple seasons since Bruno Labbadia returned to the dugout (previously W3, D3).
Leno's own goal against FCA was the only goal Bayer 04 have conceded in their last three BL games, in which they've also only allowed the opposition two shots on goal! This is the best record at this stage of the season in any of Europe's top five leagues.
For the first time since Opta started collecting detailed stats in 2004/05, Leverkusen have played two BL games in a row without allowing the opposing team an effort on goal. No Bundesliga club has ever managed to prevent the opposition from registering a shot in three consecutive matches.
Bruno Labbadia was in charge at Leverkusen in 2008/09 and led his side to the DFB Cup final (lost 1-0 to Bremen). Since leaving the club Labbadia has faced Bayer on eight occasions as a manager but has failed to win any of those games (D3, L5)!
Hakan Calhanoglu, Jonathan Tah, Emir Spahic, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Rene Adler all come up against a former club on Saturday.
1. FC Köln and Hannover 96 meet for the 43rd time in the Bundesliga this weekend. Three of the last five meetings in Cologne have been won by the Billy Goats (D1, L1) and they have scored in all but one of the last 14 games at home against Hannover.
However: The Reds have recorded more Bundesliga away wins against Köln (6) than against any other side!
Köln are having their best start to a Bundesliga season for 19 years. In 1996/97 they had 16 points after eight games. The 3-0 victory over Schalke on the last matchday, in what was their 1,500th Bundesliga match, means they are currently fifth with 14 points to their name.
Hannover's 1-0 win over Bremen on the last matchday was their first win of the campaign. It also saw them end a run of 25 league games without a clean sheet. Despite that, this is still Hannover's worst start to a season since 1988/89.
Peter Stöger's side are unbeaten in 14 Bundesliga home matches (W5, D9) - their last defeat in front of their own supporters came at the start of December 2014 (2-1 against Augsburg).
96 have won just one of their last 15 Bundesliga away games (D7, L7) - a 2-1 triumph in Augsburg in May. They have conceded at least one goal in each of those fixtures (32 in total).
5 of Köln's goals this term have been headers - a league high. 11 of their 13 Bundesliga goals this season have been scored by summer signings - more than any other top-flight club.
Anthony Modeste netted his sixth goal of the season against Schalke- as many as the entire Köln squad managed by this stage of the previous campaign! The Frenchman has been involved in 11 of their 17 competitive goals in 2015/16 (9 goals + 2 assists).
Ron-Robert Zieler is the only Bundesliga player to have played the full 90 minutes on each of the last 150 matchdays. The last player to manage that in the top flight was Leverkusen's Jörg Butt (2002-07). Sepp Maier holds the league record (245 games, 1972-79).
Leonardo Bittencourt joined the Billy Goats from Hannover 96 this summer. The Germany U21 international played 57 Bundesliga games for the Lower Saxony side (5 goals + 8 assists).
This will be the 19th Bundesliga meeting between Mainz and Dortmund. BVB have the clear advantage in the head-to-head, record with nine wins compared to Mainz's three (D6). Despite this, all three of Mainz's victories came on home soil.
Dortmund have lost just one of their last ten matches against the Zerofivers - a 2-0 loss in Mainz in September 2014. Apart from that, BVB have picked up 25 of a possible 30 points against Mainz in the last five years, winning eight and drawing one.
After winning all of their first 11 competitive fixtures this season, BVB are without a win in their last four competitive matches (D3, L1), and tasted defeat for the first time this term when they went down 5-1 to FC Bayern.
None of Mainz's last 15 matches have ended in a draw - only Bayern (23 games) have gone longer without sharing the points. The last time Mainz did so was at the beginning of April, when they drew 0-0 in Bremen.
The Zerofivers have won their last three matches played on a Friday. The last team to beat Mainz on a Friday was Borussia Dortmund in February (4-2). BVB are themselves unbeaten in their 18 matches on a Friday, winning 16 of those.
Only Bayern München (39), Borussia Dortmund (32) and VfB Stuttgart (25) have created more clear-cut chances than Mainz (21).
Yunus Malli scored his sixth goal of the season against Darmstadt, and so equalled his personal goalscoring record after just eight league games (6 goals in 31 matches in 2014/15). Malli has scored six of Mainz's last eight goals.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored on matchday 8 against Bayern - his tenth strike this season. Only Robert Lewandowski (12) has scored more than Aubameyang this campaign.
With his goal against Bayern, Aubameyang equalled Klaus Allofs' BL record for scoring in consecutive league matches without missing a game. If the BVB striker finds the net in Mainz, he will become the new outright record holder.
BVB head coach Thomas Tuchel took charge of 170 BL games with Mainz and is their longest-serving manager. During his time with the Zerofivers, only the top teams from Munich, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Schalke picked up more points in the league than Mainz.
Hertha have picked up just two of a possible 39 points from their last 13 encounters with Schalke (D2, L11) and have scored just 4 goals in the process. The club from the capital have only gone on a longer winless run against Bayern (14 matches between 2002 and 2008).
Schalke 04 have secured all three points in each of their last seven home matches against Hertha BSC. The Royal Blues have only ever won eight straight matches on home soil against Fortuna Düsseldorf in the top flight (between 1967 and 1977).
The teams have sat in the top four of the table prior to a direct meeting on only one previous occasion: Schalke (4th going into the game) triumphed 4-0 over then league-leaders Berlin at the Olympiastadion on MD 13 of the 2000/01 campaign
Hertha BSC have only had more points on the board after their first eight games than they currently do (14) three times before: They had 15 points in both 1969/70 (final position 3rd) and 2000/01 (5th), and even 16 in 1970/71 (converted to the 3-points-for-a-win system in part).
S04 suffered a defeat last time out against Köln having previously recorded six consecutive wins in all competitions. However, the Royal Blues have only had more points at this stage of a season than they do now (16) on five previous occasions.
Berlin have lost 22 of their last 25 games against sides who have occupied a place in the top three prior to the fixture (W1, D2) and have been defeated in each of the last 10.
Only FC Bayern (18) have let in fewer goals than Hertha (25, the same as Gladbach) in the current calendar year. However, with 23 goals scored, Berlin also make up the poorest attack in the league in 2015.
Including last season, Hertha have lost five of their last seven matches on the road (W1, D1) but have accrued four points from their four away games this term.
Vedad Ibisevic has netted four of Berlin's last six goals, bagging two braces in the process. His last goal away from home was a while ago though: In VfB's 3-1 win in Freiburg in November 2013, meaning the Bosnian is 969 minutes without a goal on the road.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is 280 minutes without a BL goal, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting 442 minutes, and Franco Di Santo (yet to score in the BL for Schalke) is on a 996-minute goal drought.
This is the first competitive meeting between VfB Stuttgart and FC Ingolstadt 04. Ingolstadt are VfB's 53rd opponent in the Bundesliga.
The best team away from home (Ingolstadt, 10 points) travel to the poorest team at home in the league (VfB Stuttgart, 0 points)!
VfB have the worst defence in the league (19 goals conceded) but there is hope: Ingolstadt have the worst attack this term (6 goals scored).
Stuttgart have begun a BL season with four consecutive home defeats for the first time. VfB are also on the brink of another club record, they have never been defeated in five straight top-flight games on home soil!
Ingolstadt are the first Bundesliga new boys to remain unbeaten in their first four away games in the top flight. They recorded a 1-1 draw in Köln last time out following three straight victories on the road.
Eight games, four points and a goal difference of -8: VfB have never begun a Bundesliga season as poorly as they have this term. The only time they've had so few points at this stage of a campaign was in 2010/11 but had a significantly better goal difference back then (-3).
FCI have 14 points on the board having scored just six goals - a new BL record! Never before has a side already accumulated 14 points having scored as few goals.
Effective vs. Ineffective: Ingolstadt have collected 2.3 points per goal - a league best. VfB have picked up just 0.4 points per goal though - a league low.
VfB's opponents require just four shots to find the back of the net on average, making them the easiest side to score against in the top flight. Every 17th shot against Ingolstadt finds its way into the net - a league best.
Only Bayern (18) have squandered more clear-cut chances than VfB (17). FCB are also the only side to have taken more shots (154) than Stuttgart (152)! VfB have therefore produced twice as many shots than they have allowed (78). Their goal record reads 11 scored and 19 conceded!
Tobias Levels, who was the match winner against Frankfurt with two assists, has faced VfB on six occasions with Gladbach and Düsseldorf and is winless (D2, L4), including an emphatic 7-0 away defeat with Borussia back in September 2010.
In 14 Bundesliga meetings between Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim, the Wolves hold the upper hand with seven wins compared with TSG's four (D3).
These encounters have seen an average of nearly four goals per game (3.9). VfL have scored at least once in each of the league meetings with the side from Baden-Württemberg.
Hecking's side have only claimed one point from their last three BL matches, which has seen them drop to ninth. The last time they went four BL games without winning was in March 2014.
VfL's defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League (2-1) means that they have lost three of their last four competitive fixtures. The last time they lost three games or more in a run of four games was in September/October 2012 (L4).
After managing just one point from their opening five games of the season and suffering first round DFB Cup elimination at the hands of 1860 München (2-0), TSG are now on a run of three games without defeat (W1, D2).
The Wolves are unbeaten in 26 home BL fixtures across multiple seasons (W19, D7) and can extend this club record further against Hoffenheim. Their last loss on home turf came on MD24 of 2013/14 against Bayern (6-1).
Hoffenheim have already lost three games after having taken the lead and dropped 13 points from winning positions - more than any other BL side this term. In the whole of last season, TSG only lost twice after taking the lead, dropping just 14 points.
Kevin Volland followed up his brace against Augsburg with another against Stuttgart, becoming the first Hoffenheim player to score four goals in two consecutive BL games.
Like Bas Dost for Wolfsburg, Kevin Volland has scored half of his team's goals this season. Mainz's Yunus Malli is the only other player in the league to have netted such a high proportion of his side's goals (also 50%).
The game against TSG will see Dieter Hecking take charge of his 300th Bundesliga match. He has overseen more games than any other currently active top-flight boss.