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Stuart Dalgleish 16th Apr 2015 - 12:23

Bundesliga Opta Facts - 17-19 April

FC Augsburg v VfB Stuttgart

 

  • Augsburg have won each of their last four BL games against Stuttgart - only against HSV (also a currently ongoing sequence) have FCA recorded as many consecutive victories in their BL history.
  • Stuttgart have had a man sent off in each of their last three meetings with Augsburg.
  • FCA have picked up just one point from their last four matches. The 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg on matchday 24 remains Augsburg's only win in their last nine games (D3, L5).
  • VfB haven't won any of their last eight games that have kicked off on a Saturday evening (D3, L5). Stuttgart's last victory in that timeslot came in February 2011, when they won 3-2 in Mönchengladbach.
  • Stuttgart haven't won back-to-back Bundesliga games since September 2013.
  • Markus Weinzierl's side haven't scored in any of their last two BL home games - three home matches in a row without a goal would be a new negative club record.
  • FCA have lost each of their last four games against teams in the bottom half of the table. Three of those matches have been sides sitting 17th, as Stuttgart are currently.
  • Augsburg have picked up 12 points from 11 games since the winter break - FCA's worst tally at this stage of the second half of the season in their Bundesliga history.
  • VfB have scored seven goals in their last three BL games, more than in their previous 12 put together (6). Four of those seven goals have been scored by Daniel Ginczek, courtesy of his first two BL braces.
  • Stuttgart will be without Martin Harnik (6 goals and 2 assists) for the match in Augsburg. He was sent off for two bookable offences last weekend.
  • FCA sporting director Stefan Reuter faced Stuttgart 34 times in the Bundesliga during his playing days (W13 D9 L12) - no other player has faced VfB as often in the history of the German top flight.

 

 

Hertha BSC v 1. FC Köln

 

 

  • This will be the 50th meeting in the Bundesliga between Hertha and Köln. The capital club have won four of the last six competitive clashes (D1, L1) and are unbeaten in their last three games against the Billy Goats (W2, D1).
  • Hertha are unbeaten in six league games (W3, D3), something they last did in 2008/09 under Lucien Favre (also 6 games, April/May 2009). Their last defeat came on matchday 22 with a 2-1 loss in Wolfsburg.
  • Köln have picked up just one point from their last four away games (0-0 draw in Dortmund). The Billy Goats have also scored just one goal in that run (in the 4-1 loss to Bayern). Their last win on the road came on matchday 18 in Hamburg (2-0).
  • However, Köln have lost just one of their last five league matches (W2, D2) - a 1-0 defeat in Freiburg on matchday 27.
  • The capital club have scored a goal after the 80th minute in five of their last six games. Four of those goals have led to Hertha collecting six points more.
  • Hertha may have produced the second-fewest clear-cut chances in the league (36, Hamburg 31), but they have converted a remarkable 63.9% of them - a league best by far.
  • Anthony Ujah scored his 10th league goal of the season in the 3-2 win over Hoffenheim. The Nigerian has netted 34% of the Billy Goats' goals.
  • Berlin's Valentin Stocker failed to score in any of his first 18 BL games, but has found the back of the net once on each of the last two matchdays.
  • Hertha's Peter Niemeyer could make his 100th BL appearance in the meeting with Köln (67 for Berlin, 32 for Bremen).
  • Berlin's Marcel Ndjeng played in Köln's youth setup and for their reserves and has also never lost against the Rhineland club in seven competitive meetings (W4, D3). He netted the winner in the 2-1 victory earlier this season via a deflected free kick.

 

 

SV Werder Bremen v Hamburger SV

 

 

  • This will be the 102nd BL meeting between the two sides - no other match-up has taken place as often in the German top flight.
  • Werder have won each of their last four BL home games against HSV - a record run for SVW against their local rivals on home soil. Hamburg's last victory in Bremen came over eight years ago (2-0 in February 2007).
  • Bremen have collected just five points from their last six BL games (W1, D2) and are without a win in four. SVW remained unbeaten between matchdays 17 and 22, picking up an impressive 16 of a possible 18 points during that run.
  • 25 points after 28 games is HSV's second-worst record in their Bundesliga history - they had just 24 points at this stage last season.
  • HSV are on a five-game or 495-minute goal drought. Ivica Olic has now gone 963 minutes without scoring, while Lasogga has been waiting 771 minutes for a Bundesliga goal. Hamburg's tally of 16 goals scored is the worst in the league.
  • Bremen have the joint-worst defence in the division, having conceded 57 goals (the same as Eintracht Frankfurt).
  • Bremen are set to play their 863rd home game in the top flight and could record their 500th BL win at the Weserstadion (D207, L156). Their first goal of the game would also be SVW's 150th in the Bundesliga against HSV.
  • Peter Knäbel became the first HSV coach since Kuno Klötzer in 1973 to lose his first two games in charge. Bruno Labbadia is now the man in the Hamburg dugout, his second spell at the club following a stint between July 2009 and April 2010. He also wore HSV colours as a player, making 41 BL appearances between 1987 and December 1988 (11 goals).
  • Labbadia played for Werder Bremen between January 1996 and 1998 (63 BL appearances, 18 goals) - Viktor Skripnik was one of his teammates from summer 1996.
  • Hamburg-born Levin Öztunali, the grandson of HSV legend Uwe Seeler, spent seven years at the club (2006 to 2013) and has been on loan at Bremen since the winter break (on loan from Leverkusen).

 

 

Borussia Dortmund v SC Paderborn 07

 

 

  • This is only the second competitive meeting between BVB and SC Paderborn 07, following the 2-2 draw earlier this season. SCP's previous incarnation TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus met Dortmund in the second round of the 1985/86 DFB Cup, losing 4-2.
  • Borussia have collected just two points from three games so far against the two promoted sides from Paderborn and Köln. They have never finished a Bundesliga season without beating a newly promoted team.
  • After back-to-back defeats and collecting just five points from their last five BL games (W1, D2), BVB now find themselves six points off sixth place. Borussia only accrued five points from their last six games before the winter break.
  • Paderborn ended a six-game winless run (D1, L5) with their victory over Augsburg. In addition to that, the newly promoted side scored their first goal in almost 10 hours (598 minutes).
  • Gladbach inflicted a 13th BL defeat of the campaign on BVB on matchday 28 - the same number of losses Dortmund suffered in their two previous seasons combined (6 in 2012/13, 7 in 2013/14).
  • SCP have lost their last three away matches without scoring a goal. They also went on a three-game losing streak on the road in autumn 2014. Paderborn have never recorded four or more consecutive BL away defeats.
  • Dortmund are currently suffering a two-game or 184-minute goal drought at home. Their last goal in the Signal Iduna Park was scored by Marco Reus during the 3-0 derby win over Schalke. BVB have never failed to score in three consecutive BL home games.
  • Marvin Ducksch (6 BL matches), Uwe Hünemeier (5), Lukas Kruse, Mario Vrancic, Marvin Bakalorz and Mahir Saglik (each for the reserves) have all played for Dortmund.

 

 

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Mönchengladbach

 

 

  • Frankfurt have won each of their last two BL games against Gladbach (including what remains Borussia's only home defeat this season), but they were knocked out of the DFB Cup by the Foals in late October (2-1 loss at home).
  • Borussia are unbeaten in their last eight games (W6, D2), the longest run in the league at present. Their last defeat came on matchday 20 away to Schalke (1-0). Gladbach have won each of their last four BL matches.
  • No team has picked up more points than Gladbach in 2015 (26, the same as Wolfsburg) - Frankfurt's tally isn't even half of that (12). The only other time the Foals have collected as many points from their first 11 games in the second half of the season was in 1973/74 (converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • Eintracht are unbeaten in their last eight home matches (W5, D3) - only Wolfsburg are on a longer run (19 games). The last time Frankfurt went as long without losing on home soil was in 2000 (15 games). Their last home defeat was on matchday 11 against Bayern (4-0).
  • Gladbach have the second-best defence in the league having let in just 22 goals. Frankfurt's tally of 57 goals conceded gives them the worst defence (together with Bremen). The Eagles have scored more goals (51, 4th place) than Borussia though (44, 5th place).
  • Matches involving Eintracht this term have produced 108 goals - a league high. There have been 3.9 goals per Frankfurt game on average, the most in Europe's top five leagues.
  • Frankfurt are without a win in their last seven Friday games in the BL (D3, L4). Borussia have struggled on Fridays lately too though, losing each of their last three without scoring.
  • The Eagles have conceded 31 goals in the final 30 minutes of games - no other side has let in more than 25 goals in that timeframe, while Gladbach have shipped just seven.
  • Eintracht's Alexander Meier is top of the goalscoring charts with 19 goals, but he is expected to miss the rest of the season through injury.
  • Patrick Herrmann has had a hand in six goals in his last four BL games (4 goals + 2 assists) and is Gladbach's top scorer this season with 10 league goals to his name.

 

 

Sport-Club Freiburg v 1. FSV Mainz 05

 

 

  • The two clubs have met 13 times before in the Bundesliga, with Freiburg recording just two wins compared to Mainz's seven (4 draws).
  • Mainz 05 are unbeaten in their last eight BL games against SCF (W4, D4) - Freiburg's last win in this fixture came at home in November 2010 (1-0).
  • Against no other club have SCF averaged fewer BL goals per game than they have against the 05ers (0.77). Their record here is only as poor against FC Bayern München.
  • Freiburg are unbeaten in their last three games, picking up seven points in that timeframe. The last time they went longer without losing was between matchday 4 and 7 this season, when they recorded four consecutive draws.
  • FSV are without a win in their last three games (D2, L1). The last time they collected all three points was on matchday 25 in Augsburg (2-0).
  • SCF haven't conceded in any of their last three matches. The last time Freiburg kept three successive clean sheets in the Bundesliga was in February 2001 (5 in a row back then - club record in the top flight).
  • Only Frankfurt (23) and upcoming opponents Mainz (19) have dropped more points from winning positions than Freiburg (14), who have let 10 points slip in the last three minutes of games alone.
  • 14 of Freiburg's 27 league goals this season have come from set pieces (52%) - proportionally speaking, a league high. Opponents Mainz aren't far behind them in fourth place (46%, 17 of 37).
  • Mainz have already scored 18 goals in 2015, just one fewer than in the entire first half of the season (19). Only Hoffenheim (185) and Dortmund (180) have taken more shots than the 05ers since the winter break (169).
  • Freiburg have won just one of the last 18 BL games in which Julian Schuster has led the team out as captain (D8, L9).

 

 

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Bayern München

 

  • FC Bayern have never lost a competitive game against Hoffenheim - nine of the 13 clashes (all in the Bundesliga) have ended in victory for the record champions (4 draws). TSG's heaviest top-flight defeat also came at the hands of FCB in March 2012 (7-1 in Munich).
  • Bayern München haven't played against any other side as often in the Bundesliga without losing as they have against TSG. FCB are the only top-flight team Hoffenheim have never beaten.
  • Hoffenheim have lost each of their last three competitive games, while FCB have won eight of their nine most recent BL matches (1 defeat).
  • TSG, who could qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, are just two points behind sixth.
  • The earliest Bayern can wrap up their 25th German Championship is on matchday 30 in their home meeting with Hertha Berlin. The title was already confirmed as theirs after matchday 27 last season - a Bundesliga record.
  • FCB have kept a clean sheet in 19 of their 28 games this term, a first in the history of the Bundesliga. They could still yet break the BL season record set in 2012/13 as well (21 clean sheets).
  • With just 13 goals conceded, Bayern have equalled their record from the 2012/13 campaign. They could set a new season record in this regard too (18 goals conceded after 34 games in 2012/13).
  • The injured Tom Starke (58 BL games, 2010-12) and David Alaba (17 BL games and 2 goals in the second half of 2010/11) used to play for Hoffenheim.
  • Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski have scored nine of the record champions' last 10 BL goals (Lewandowski 5, Müller 4).
  • Robert Lewandowski, last season's top scorer in the Bundesliga with 20 goals, could be the first player since Ulf Kirsten (1997 and 1998) to defend his crown. He has 16 goals currently, behind
  • Alexander Meier (19) and Arjen Robben (17).

 

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Hannover 96

 

 

  • Hannover have had real problems against Leverkusen in recent times. They have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Bayer 04 (D4, L6).
  • Bayern 04 have won each of their last seven home games against Hannover, conceding just one goal in the process - against no other current Bundesliga side have Leverkusen put as a good a home run together.
  • 96 were fourth and two points clear of Leverkusen (6th) ahead of the meeting earlier this season, which Bayer 04 won 3-1 in Hannover. The Rhineland club are now a whopping 22 points ahead of the Lower Saxony outfit.
  • Roger Schmidt's side are on a six-game winning run in the Bundesliga - a feat they last achieved across two seasons between April and August 2013 (8 wins in a row back then).
  • Leverkusen are the only side to have won each of their last six matches. They have also scored the most goals (16) and conceded the fewest (2) during that timeframe.
  • Tayfun Korkut's side haven't claimed victory in any of their last 12 BL games (D6, L6) - their longest winless run since 2009/10 (13 games in a row back then). No other Bundesliga side has been waiting for a win longer than 96:
  • Over the last 15 seasons, only HSV in 2013/14 avoided relegation despite being the worst team in the second half of the season (via the play-offs).
  • Bernd Leno has set a new club record in the Bundesliga, having gone 527 consecutive minutes without conceding, beating the old record held by Rüdiger Vollborn, who went "just" 485 minutes without letting in a goal in autumn 1986.
  • After previously failing to find the back of the net in seven consecutive league appearances, Stefan Kießling has scored three goals in his last two BL games.

 

 

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Schalke 04

 

 

  • Schalke have won five of their last six games against VfL, meaning they have failed to claim all three points just once since early 2012 - in a 4-0 loss in Wolfsburg during August 2013.
  • However, S04 have won just two of their 19 competitive games in Wolfsburg (D10, L7), with the most recent victory there coming in March 2013, when Draxler (2), Farfan and Huntelaar providing the goals in a 4-1 win.
  • With 60 points after 28 games, Wolfsburg are having the best BL season in their club history - they even had three points fewer at this stage of their 2008/09 title-winning campaign.
  • With 26 points to their name and a +16 goal difference, Wolfsburg are top of a table representing 2015.
  • Just like in 2010/11, Schalke have collected just 14 points from 11 games in the second half of the season. The last time they had fewer was in 1991/92, when they had accrued 10 points at this stage (converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • VfL are the league's best home team (38 points) and are unbeaten in 19 BL games on home soil (W15, D4). The meeting with Schalke could see them equal their club record of 20 consecutive home games without defeat between May 2008 and August 2009.
  • Schalke have failed to score in three straight BL games for the first time since February/March 2001. Their goal drought 14 years go went on for four matches.
  • Having set up 17 goals this season, Kevin De Bruyne is the best assist provider in Europe's top five leagues (as of 13th April 2015). He is only one assist shy of equalling the Bundesliga record held by Zvjezdan Misimovic (also with VfL Wolfsburg, 2008/09).
  • Bas Dost set up both goals against HSV and has now had a hand in 17 goals in 16 top-flight games this term. Only Arjen Robben (24 in 21 games) has also been involved in more BL goals than he has made BL appearances this season.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is on a 1,008-minute or 11-game goal drought in the BL. In terms of minutes without a goal, it's a new negative record for the Hunter (previously 1,003 minutes).
  • Schalke's Marco Höger is suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card this term. VfL's Luiz Gustavo, on the other hand, has served his ban after doing the same and is available again. They are the only two players in the league to have been booked 10 times.

 

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