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Andrew Tibot 18th Nov 2015 - 12:51

Bundesliga Opta Facts - 20-22 Nov

Hamburger SV - Borussia Dortmund


  • Hamburg have lost just one of their last six BL meetings with Dortmund (W4, D1) - a 6-2 loss away from home in September 2013. They have also suffered just one defeat on home soil in their last nine games against BVB (W6, D2) - they lost 5-1 in the second half of the 2011/12 season.
  • Second-place Dortmund (29 points) have an eight-point cushion over third (Wolfsburg, 21 points) after 12 matchdays - this is the biggest gap at this stage since the introduction of the three-points-per-win system in 1995/96.
  • BVB are the second-best second-place side after 12 BL matchdays in history with 29 points on the board and a goal difference of +20. Only Bayer 04 Leverkusen have previously accrued more points (converted to three-points-per-win if necessary) by this stage (30, in 2001/02).
  • Since their 3-2 victory over Stuttgart on matchday 2, HSV are without a win in four BL home games (D2, L2). Hamburg collected 10 of a possible 12 points from the first four home fixtures after Bruno Labbadia's return.
  • BVB are unbeaten in 19 Friday fixtures (W17, D2), winning each of their last 10. Their last defeat dates back to February 2010, when they were beaten 2-1 by Schalke.
  • After FC Bayern (37 goals), Dortmund boast the second-best attack in the league (35) and only notched up more goals in the opening 12 games in the 1963/64 season (39). On the other hand, only FC Ingolstadt (seven) have netted fewer goals than HSV (11) so far this campaign.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the league's top scorer (alongside Robert Lewandowski) with 14 goals to his name. The Gabon international has netted at least as many goals as eight of the 18 BL sides and has scored three more times than HSV (11 goals).
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga netted his fifth goal of the season against Darmstadt, beating his tally from the 2014/15 term (4 goals in 26 games). Lasogga has been directly involved in six of HSV's 11 BL goals in 2015/16 (5 goals + 1 assist).
  • Matthias Ginter played a part in two goals in a single BL game for the first time in the 3-2 win over Schalke. He has been directly involved in nine goals in 17 competitive games this season (3 goals + 6 assists) compared to just one assist in 20 matches in all competitions in 2014/15.
  • As a manager Bruno Labbadia has won just one of his nine previous fixtures against Dortmund (D5, L3): He guided HSV to a 4-1 home victory over Jürgen Klopp's BVB on matchday 2 of the 2009/10 season.



Borussia Mönchengladbach - Hannover 96


  • Mönchengladbach have won over half of the 50 Bundesliga meetings of the sides to date (28), including five of the last six (L1).
  • Gladbach have won their last four league games against Hannover in front of their own fans - keeping clean sheets in the last three. This represents their longest home winning streak against any current Bundesliga side.
  • Borussia have picked up 19 points in their seven games under Andre Schubert - a league high together with FC Bayern in that timeframe.
  • Schubert could equal Udo Lattek's club record this weekend. In 1975/76 he became the only Gladbach boss to date to remain unbeaten in his first eight games in charge of the club.
  • Eight of the 11 points Hannover have claimed this term have come on the road. Having won their last two away matches, they too could equal a record this weekend. They have won three consecutive away matches on three occasions (1971, 2003 and 2006).
  • 24 players have appeared for Borussia in the top flight this season - a league high. In 2014/15 only 19 players featured - fewer than any other Bundesliga side.
  • Mönchengladbach native Michael Frontzeck played 213 Bundesliga games for his hometown club (18 goals). He managed them for 56 top-tier games between 2009 and 2011 (0.98 points per game).
  • Lars Stindl moved to the Foals from Hannover this summer. He played 131 Bundesliga games for the Lower Saxony side (19 goals + 15 assists) between 2010 and 2015.
  • Granit Xhaka became the first Gladbach player to be sent off for two bookable offences on four separate occasions in the Bundesliga last time out and he will consequently miss the game against Hannover. Since the start of 2014/15 they have picked up an average of 0.8 points per game without him. When he is present that figure stands at 2.0.
  • Hiroshi Kiyotake has been directly involved in seven of Hannover's last eight Bundesliga goals (3 goals + 4 assists).
  • Ron-Robert Zieler hasn't saved any of the 17 Bundesliga penalties he has faced (most recently on MD12 in Berlin), consequently equalling the negative record set by Michael Hofmann (1998-2004).



VfL Wolfsburg - SV Werder Bremen


  • SV Werder Bremen are without a win in their most recent seven encounters with VfL Wolfsburg (D1, L6) and have lost all of their last five meetings.
  • Bremen's last win over the Wolves came in December 2011, when a certain Claudio Pizarro scored in their 4-1 home victory.
  • Wolfsburg have only won more often against Borussia Mönchengladbach (17 times) in the Bundesliga than against Werder (16, the same as against Stuttgart).
  • VfL have scored more BL goals against Bremen (63) than against any other side. In the last five meetings alone, the Wolves have scored 16 times against SVW (an average of 3.2 per game).
  • The side from Lower Saxony are unbeaten in 28 home BL games across multiple seasons (W21, D7) - a club record and currently the best in Europe's top five leagues. Their last home defeat came in early March 2014 at the hands of Bayern (6-1).
  • Bremen have claimed 10 of their 13 points away from home this season. Only Bayern, Borussia Dortmund (both 13) and Ingolstadt (12) have picked up more on the road. Werder have won their last two away games, and a third this matchday would equal the club's BL record!
  • VfL Wolfsburg have lost three of their last four competitive outings (plus a 2-1 win over Leverkusen) and have conceded eight goals in those games.
  • Bremen are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet this campaign. SVW are currently on a run of 15 BL games without a clean sheet and last went on such a run in 2010/11 (17 matches on that occasion).
  • Werder have lost 11 of their last 12 visits to sides in the top three (D1) and have let in 39 goals in those 12 games (3.3 per match).
  • Claudio Pizarro scored his first BL goal in exactly 547 days in his side's 2-1 win over Augsburg. The Peruvian has only scored more often against Hamburg (19 goals) than against Wolfsburg (12 goals in 21 appearances, the same as against Hertha BSC).
  • Bas Dost has been involved in the most Wolfsburg goals (6 goals + 1 assist) this season, all of which have been accumulated in home matches.



VfB Stuttgart - FC Augsburg

  • VfB won each of the first three BL meetings of the sides but Augsburg have triumphed in each of the most recent five clashes! Stuttgart are the only side FCA have secured five top-flight victories against.
  • Stuttgart have won both of their last BL home matches without conceding. The last occasion they managed to do so was five years ago - in October/November 2010 (under Jens Keller).
  • FCA are the only Bundesliga side yet to win away from home this term, making them the poorest team on the road (D2, L3).
  • Including last season, Augsburg have scored a goal or more in each of their last 13 competitive games on their travels. This is the Bavarian outfit's longest ever sequence of such in professional football.
  • FCA are winless in their last seven BL outings and have accumulated just two points on the process. They last went on a similarly poor run in 2012 when Augsburg failed to secure victory in 10 straight games between October and December.
  • Both VfB (27 goals conceded) and FCA (25) have never let in as many goals at this stage of a BL campaign before. They have the worst two defences in the top flight this season.
  • Having shipped 27 goals or 2.25 per game on average, VfB have the worst defensive record in the top five European leagues.
  • Augsburg have managed six points from their opening 12 games - they only had as few in 2012/13 (also 6 but a poorer goal difference back then). FCA had three times as many points at this stage of last season (18).
  • Przemyslaw Tyton made a whopping 10 saves against FC Bayern, saving Stuttgart from a heavier defeat and equalling the club record held by Sven Ulreich (10 saves against Schalke in August 2011) since detailed statistics collection began.
  • Halil Altintop, who has featured in just one of the last six competitive fixtures, has only missed seven of a possible 80 BL matches since moving to FCA. Augsburg have failed to win any of these seven games (D2, L5).
  • Alexander Zorniger has only encountered Augsburg and Markus Weinzierl on one previous occasion. Manager Zorniger and his then third-tier RB Leipzig were defeated 2-0 by Weinzierl's FCA in the 2013/14 DFB Cup First Round.



Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayer 04 Leverkusen


  • This weekend's fixture is the 61st top-flight meeting of the two teams - Frankfurt have won 22 of those games compared to Leverkusen's 25 (13 draws). Incidentally, no match between these sides has ever ended goalless (average of 3.1 goals per game)!
  • The Eagles have lost just one of their last 16 BL home games (W8, D7) - they were beaten 5-1 by Gladbach on matchday 9 this season.
  • Leverkusen have taken all three points from just one of their last five BL away games, losing three of those matches (D1). Their solitary victory in this time frame came at the end of September in Bremen (3-0).
  • The win in Hannover (matchday 10) was SGE's only victory in their last eight BL games (D4, L3). However, Eintracht are undefeated in their last three BL games (W1, D2) and were the first team to take a point from FCB this season.
  • Leverkusen have lost each of their last three competitive games. The last time this happened was back in the middle of March 2014. They previously experienced a longer losing streak shortly before in February/beginning of March 2014 (5).
  • SGE have put away 62.5% (like Hoffenheim) of their clear-cut chances this term - the second-best rate in the league after Hannover. However, having netted 12 goals on the first four matchdays, they have scored just four goals in their last eight games.
  • In contrast, Leverkusen aren't as clinical in putting away their clear-cut chances (only 17.4% converted). Only Ingolstadt (6.4%) have a worse chance-conversion rate than Leverkusen (9.6%).
  • Leverkusen have scored fewer goals after 12 matchdays than this season on just one previous occasion in their BL history (14, like 1987/88 and 1991/92) - in 1982/83 they had only netted six times by this stage!
  • Javier Hernandez has scored in each of his last six competitive appearances, netting eight goals in total in that timeframe. He has scored a competitive goal every 100 minutes on average - on the other hand, strike partner Stefan Kießling (374 minutes/goal) is without a goal in 683 BL minutes.
  • Leverkusen's Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who became the sixth-youngest player in BL history to be sent off for the fourth time (straight red for a professional foul) against Köln, and Frankfurt's Haris Seferovic (picked up his fifth yellow card of the season) are both suspended.


1. FC Köln - 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • FC Köln and 1. FSV Mainz 05 meet for the 11th time in the top-flight this weekend. The Billy Goats haven't won any of the last four league meetings of the sides (D2, L2) and haven't netted in the last three.
  • However: Köln are unbeaten at home against FSV in the Bundesliga (W3, D2).
  • Mainz have 16 points from 12 games (same as in each of the last two seasons) and currently lie in ninth. Last season they finished 11th and in 2013/14 they ended up in seventh, which saw them qualify for the Europa League.
  • Köln haven't won any of their last three home league games (D2, L1). Their last win on their own patch came on matchday five vs. Mönchengladbach (1-0).
  • The Billy Goats have netted six headers this term - a league high. Five of their last nine goals have been scored in this manner. They have also conceded six headers - more than any other Bundesliga side.
  • Slovenian defender Dominic Maroh netted his first ever Bundesliga brace last time out against Leverkusen (2-1). It was his 89th top-flight appearance.
  • Yoshinori Muto has been directly involved in six goals in his last five league appearances (4 goals, 2 assists). He created Yunus Malli's strike in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg. Malli has scored seven Bundesliga goals this season - more than any other Mainz player.
  • Köln's Marcel Risse played 56 Bundesliga games for Mainz between 2010 and 2013 (4 goals, 7 assists).
  • Mainz's Daniel Brosinski played for the Billy Goats between 2008 and January 2011 (18 Bundesliga appearances). His colleague Henrique Sereno was on loan at Köln from FC Porto during the 2011/12 season (25 Bundesliga appearances).
  • Mergim Mavraj and Kevin Vogt are on the cusp of making their 100th Bundesliga appearances. 15 of Mavraj's 99 to date have come for Köln (32 for Füth and 52 for Bochum). Vogt has featured 42 times for the Billy Goats (56 for Augsburg and 1 for Bochum).

FC Schalke 04 - FC Bayern München

  • Schalke 04's last Bundesliga win over Bayern came in December 2010 (2-0). They haven't won any of the subsequent nine league meetings and have found the net in just four of those clashes. The Munich side have netted 25 times in that time frame.
  • Pep Guardiola has faced S04 four times in the league and has only recorded two victories. He failed to beat them 2014/15 (D2) and is yet to go three Bundesliga games without a win against a particular side.
  • Bayern's tally of 34 points from 12 games is a new record. They have also set a new benchmark in terms terms of goal difference (+33) at this stage of the season.
  • Schalke are without a win in six in all competitions (D3, L3). They have accrued just four points from their last five top-flight fixtures (W1, D1, L3).
  • Andre Breitenreiter has faced Bayern on two occasions as a manager. His Paderborn side lost twice to the Bavarians in 2014/15, failing to hit the back of the net and conceding 10 times in the process. However, he crowned his first appearance as a player in the division by netting against them for HSV in September 1994 (1-1).
  • Robert Lewandowski has netted 14 league goals this term (a league high together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). The last player to score as many goals after 12 games was Dortmund's Manfred Burgsmüller in 1980/81.
  • Thomas Müller is just two goals shy of equalling his Bundesliga personal best return for a season (13, last achieved in 2014/15). The 11 he has already netted this term represents his best pre-winter break tally. He had never previously bagged more than nine before the turn of the year.
  • The Lewandowski (14) and Müller (11) partnership has yielded 25 goals from the opening 12 matchdays and has therefore equalled a record: Peter Meyer and Herbert Laumen (both Gladbach) also netted 25 goals combined at this stage of the season some 48 years ago.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar bagged his first Bundesliga brace of the season in the 3-2 defeat in Dortmund, ending his 419-minute goal drought in the top flight.
  • Leroy Sane has been directly involved in six of Schalke's last 10 top-flight goals (4 goals + 2 assists). He spectacularly set up Huntelaar's equaliser to make it 1-1 in the derby away to BVB.
  • Manuel Neuer has never lost to his former side in the Bundesliga (W6, D2). He stopped a penalty from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in the most recent meeting (1-1 in February 2015).



Hertha BSC - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim


  • There is nothing between the sides in their Bundesliga head-to-head record (4 wins each and 2 draws). Hertha are, however, without a win in the last three meetings (D1) and Hoffenheim did the double over them last season (5-0 in Berlin, 2-1 in Hoffenheim).
  • TSG's 5-0 win at Hertha BSC in December 2014 was the club's biggest ever in the Bundesliga. On the other hand, it was also the Berlin side's third-biggest home defeat in the German top flight.
  • Berlin are currently fourth in the table with 20 points, which is their best return after 12 matchdays in seven years. In 2008/09, they had 21 points after MD12 and finished the season in fourth.
  • Hoffenheim's record of eight points from 12 matches is their worst ever in the Bundesliga. Their previous lowest return at this stage was 12 points (2012/13), when they only survived relegation thanks to the play-offs.
  • TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have failed to score in their last three outings, which equals another unwanted club record. Hoffenheim have never gone four consecutive matches in the Bundesliga or in professional competitive fixtures without scoring.
  • Hertha have scored at least one goal in all five of their home games this season and their 4-1 defeat to Gladbach in their last home outing is their only loss so far in Berlin (including W3, D1).
  • TSG have won just one of their last eight away BL matches (3-1 at Augsburg on MD7), also recording two draws and five defeats. They have also lost on the road in the DFB Cup (2-0 at TSV 1860 München).
  • Hoffenheim's coach Huub Stevens was previously in charge of Hertha from July 2002 until December 2003. Berlin's current coach Pal Dardai and sporting director Michael Preetz actually played under him during that period.
  • Salomon Kalou scored his first BL hat trick last time out in Hannover. The Ivorian has been efficient this campaign, with 10 of his 12 shots on goal in competitive fixtures ending up in the back of the net.
  • Vladimir Darida played with TSG duo Jonathan Schmid and Oliver Baumann when he was contracted to SC Freiburg.


FC Ingolstadt 04 - SV Darmstadt 98


  • The clash between FC Ingolstadt and Darmstadt 98 is the 881st different matchup in Bundesliga history. They have met two times apiece in the Regionalliga (2006/07) and second division (2014/15). Each game ended 2-2.
  • A Darmstadt win would lift them above fellow promoted side Ingolstadt for the first time this season. It would also mean that FCI would have suffered more losses than wins for the first time this term (currently: W4, D4, L4).
  • Ingolstadt have won just one of their last seven matches (2-0 vs. Frankfurt) and are without a win in four games, whilst Darmstadt have won one of their last six (2-0 in Augsburg) and are without a win in three.
  • Ingolstadt have netted just seven goals this term - fewer than anyone else - and been shut out on six occasions. Seven players have netted for FCI - they are the only side yet to have a player score more than one league goal.
  • Ingolstadt have scored just twice in their five home matches (goalscorers Pascal Groß and Stefan Lex) - neither of these came before the 78th minute.
  • Ingolstadt have conceded just nine goals in 12 games and so have the second-best defensive record in the league, behind only the imperious FC Bayern (4) - not bad for a side new to the Bundesliga.
  • Darmstadt have recorded a victory away from home after both international breaks so far this season (1-0 vs. Leverkusen, 2-0 vs. Augsburg).
  • Ingolstadt and Darmstadt are the two sides with the worst passing accuracy and lowest possession stats in the league. However, both are well organised defensively: FCI are yet to concede a goal on the counter, and Darmstadt have shipped just one in this manner.
  • Darmstadt may rack up a century of BL goals this weekend (currently 99).
  • FCI head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl and Darmstadt's Dirk Schuster both played under Bernd Schuster for 1. FC Köln in the second division in 1998/99.
  • Ingolstadt's Romain Bregerie played for Darmstadt in the 2014/15 season, achieving promotion with his former side (33 games, 6 goals in the second tier).


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