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Robert Alexander 20th Feb 2014 - 18:19

Bundesliga Opta Facts | 21-23 Feb

FC Schalke 04 v 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • The Royal Blues have won nine of their 15 Bundesliga games against Mainz (D3 L3), as well as five of the seven meetings at home (D1 L1).
  • However, the home side has won just one of the last nine competitive meetings between these two clubs. Three of those games have ended in draws, with the visitors victorious on five occasions.
  • Alongside Bayern, Schalke are the only other Bundesliga side yet to drop a point in 2014, winning all four of their games. The last time they won their first five games after the winter break was in 2001/02.
  • In the previous six seasons in which Schalke have had at least 40 points after 21 games (currently 40), they have gone on to finish in the top three.
  • Mainz have won four of their last five Bundesliga games, only losing in their most recent away trip (3-0 in Wolfsburg).
  • The only time FSV have had more points after 21 games than they do at the moment (33) was in 2010/11 (37). They ended that season in fifth and qualified for the Europa League.
  • Jens Keller's side have won all five of their Bundesliga home games since a 3-1 loss to Dortmund at the end of October. The last time they put a longer run together was between November 2009 and March 2010, when they won eight successive home games.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the winning goal in Schalke's 2-1 victory against Leverkusen, netting his fourth goal of the season in his sixth appearance. The Dutchman has needed just 14 shots for his four goals.
  • With nine goals scored by substitutes, Mainz share the top spot with Bayern in this regard. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the most prolific player off the bench this season, having scored five times.
  • Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal for Schalke in the meeting with Mainz earlier this season in what was his second Bundesliga appearance for the Royal Blues. It ensured a 1-0 win for the visitors.
  • Jens Keller's competitive debut as Schalke manager was a German Cup last-16 clash with Mainz in December 2012. FSV won the game 2-1 in the Veltins Arena
Borussia Monchengladbach v Hoffenheim
  • Gladbach have won just two of their 14 competitive matches against Hoffenheim and have lost eight of them (four draws). TSG won the meeting earlier this season 2-1.
  • Hoffenheim have collected seven points from their last three games, their best run since the summer (eight points from four games including last season). However, TSG are yet to secure back-to-back wins under Markus Gisdol (something they last did in September 2012).
  • Gladbach are without a win in six games (D3 L3) - a run that has never happened under Favre previously. This last happened between September and November 2010 (a run of nine winless games).
  • With 44 goals scored, Hoffenheim have the third-best attack, although they also have the fourth-worst defence with 44 goals conceded. The last time that there were 88 goals scored in 21 games (an average of 4.2 per game) involving a particular side was 27 years ago (Fortuna Düsseldorf's games provided 89 goals).
  • TSG have conceded at least once in each of their last 15 Bundesliga away games (a club record). Their last clean sheet on the road was a 3-0 win in Fürth (March 2013).
  • Hoffenheim have conceded 299 goals in the top flight. If Gladbach score in this game, it would mark a unwanted milestone for TSG.
  • TSG's Roberto Firmino has been involved in 18 goals only second to Lewandowski in the league (20). He has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists (joint-league best). Firmino was only involved in seven goals in the whole of last season.
  • Gladbach's Max Kruse has yet to score or register an assist in 2014 and has only found the net once in his last 10 Bundesliga games (from the penalty spot).
  • Having won 69.7% of his challenges, TSG's David Abraham is the Bundesliga's best tackler.
  • Hoffenheim's Eugen Polanski is suspended for the match against his former club after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

VfB Stuttgart v Hertha Berlin

  • Stuttgart have won 16 of their 28 Bundesliga home games against Hertha, suffering only four defeats (eight draws).
  • VfB have won four of the last six meetings between the sides, including the last two (D1, L1). Stuttgart have kept a clean sheet in each of those four wins.
  • Only in 1974/75 (relegated) and 2010/11 (survived) have VfB also had just 19 points after 21 games. They have never had fewer at this stage of the season. The only time they have conceded more goals than they have now (45) was in 1974/75 (46).
  • Stuttgart have lost each of their last six matches. They are now just one defeat away from matching their club record (7 defeats in a row at the end of 1986/87).
  • Alongside HSV, Stuttgart are one of just two sides yet to collect a point in 2014.
  • VfB have only collected nine points from their 10 home games this season (the same as in 1966/67). They have never collected fewer points after 10 home matches.
  • Stuttgart have conceded at least once in their last 14 matches. No other side has been waiting as long for a clean sheet.
  • Hertha have won four of their last five Bundesliga away games - they have only dropped points in their 1-0 loss away to Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday 18 in that period.
  • Fredi Bobic played for Hertha between 2003 and 2005 (54 Bundesliga games, eight goals), where he took over goalscoring duties from Michael Preetz, who ended his career in 2003.
  • On average, VfB have conceded 2.17 goals per game under Thomas Schneider, the highest amount of all Stuttgart managers in Bundesliga history.
  • A VfB player has been sent off in each of their last two games. Top scorer Ibisevic (10 goals), who saw red against Augsburg, is suspended until matchday 26, while Leitner picked up two yellow cards in last week's meeting with Hoffenheim and is out of the Hertha match too.
  • Jos Luhukay has faced Stuttgart five times as a Bundesliga manager and has lost all five games. Against no other side has he suffered more top-flight defeats.

1. FC Nürnberg v Eintracht Braunschweig

  • Nürnberg have won six of their 10 Bundesliga home games against Braunschweig (D2 L2). FCN beat Eintracht 1-0 at home during the 1973/74 Regionalliga play-off round, but were eventually beaten to Bundesliga promotion by the Lions.
  • A win against Nürnberg could see Braunschweig move off the foot of the table for the first time since matchday 12. HSV would also have to fail to beat Dortmund for it to happen.
  • With nine points to their name, Nürnberg sit fourth place in a table based on results from 2014. Only four sides have scored more goals than them so far this year (Bayern and Dortmund with 13, Schalke and Augsburg with 9). Their tally of three goals conceded is bettered by just two teams (Bayern with 0 and Schalke with 2).
  • Five of Eintracht's last six goals have come from set-pieces, including three of the four they scored against HSV (one corner, two free kicks). Braunschweig scored just one set-piece goal in their first 16 games of the season.
  • Josip Drmic has scored 11 of FCN's 25 goals this season, including each of the last three. That is the highest percentage (44%) of goals scored for any club by a single player.
  • Nürnberg have picked up points in eight of the nine league games that Drmic has scored in (W3 D5) - in fact, they have won the last three games he has scored in. The only exception is their 3-1 loss to Gladbach in November.
  • In the game against HSV, Domi Kumbela became the seventh Bundesliga player in history to score a hat-trick after coming off the bench - Kumbela was brought on at half time.
  • Kumbela has scored in three Bundesliga games this season (five goals in total) - Braunschweig have won all three of those matches.
  • Nürnberg have collected 10 points in five games with Javier Pinola at centre back, conceding just three goals (including two against Bayern) and keeping three clean sheets. Including last season, FCN had gone 24 league games without a clean sheet before those five matches.

SC Freiburg v FC Augsburg

  • Augsburg have lost all eight of their competitive away matches against SC Freiburg, even failing to score a single goal against them.
  • Augsburg have claimed just two wins and have suffered 10 defeats in 17 league games (Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga and Second Division South) against Freiburg (five draws).
  • With 31 points to their name, Augsburg are having their best ever Bundesliga season and are just three points off a European place. A win against SCF would see FCA overtake their points haul from last season (33) already.
  • Freiburg haven't lost any of their last three home games. They have won twice and recently drew against Hoffenheim (1-1).
  • However, SCF have been waiting three games for a win (D1 L2).
  • FCA haven't lost any of their last five away games (W2 D3), the longest unbeaten away run in Augsburg's Bundesliga history.
  • If Augsburg score against Freiburg, it would be the club's 100th Bundesliga goal (99 so far).
  • No side has allowed more shots on target than Freiburg this season (142).
  • Streich's team have conceded 40 goals in their 21 league games so far. That is exactly twice as many as they conceded in their first 21 Bundesliga games last season (20).
  • FCA have collected 31 points from 21 games - exactly the same amount Freiburg had at the same stage last season. SCF only missed out on a Champions League qualifying spot on the final matchday of the campaign, finally finishing fifth.
  • Mike Hanke could equal a Bundesliga record in the match against Augsburg. Only former Bayern player Mehmet Scholl (123) has made more substitute appearances than him (122).

Hamburger SV v Borussia Dortmund

  • Dortmund have lost in five of their last seven trips to Hamburg (W1 D1).
  • HSV have lost their last eight competitive matches - their last Bundesliga win was at the end of November against Hannover (3-1), who at the time were being managed by Mirko Slomka.
  • Hamburg have never conceded as many goals after 21 matches as they have currently (51). Dortmund, on the other hand, have scored 51 goals - the last time they scored as many after 21 games was in the debut Bundesliga season in 1963/64 (57).
  • Never before in 51 years of the Bundesliga have Hamburger SV had so few points after 21 matchdays than they currently do (16).
  • HSV are bottom of the home table with just seven points collected in their own stadium. The league's weakest home side has been relegated in each of the last 15 seasons. The last team to defy that statistic was Hamburg themselves back in 1997/98.
  • Goalkeeper Rene Adler gifted two goals in HSV's 4-2 defeat to Braunschweig. Adler is the worst player in the league in this regard, making four mistakes that have led to goals.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five times in his last four competitive matches. He has scored the opening goal on six occasions this season - a league high together with Adrian Ramos.
  • Mirko Slomka is the new HSV manager. He took over at his former side Hannover on matchday 19 of the 2009/10 season with the club in 16th place and, despite starting with six defeats (joint Bundesliga record), achieved Bundesliga survival.
  • This is Jürgen Klopp's 12th meeting with HSV since he took over at Dortmund in the summer of 2008. Mirko Slomka will be the sixth different Hamburg manager he will have faced.
  • Klopp celebrated his 111th Bundesliga win with BVB last weekend, matching the club record held by Ottmar Hitzfeld.

VfL Wolfsburg v Bayer 04 Leverkusen

  • Wolfsburg have lost 17 of their 33 Bundesliga games against Leverkusen (W11 D5) - only against FC Bayern (25) have the Wolves suffered more defeats.
  • None of the 33 Bundesliga meetings between Wolfsburg and Leverkusen have ended goalless (on average, 3.2 goals have been scored per game) - VfL lost the match earlier this season 3-1.
  • Bayer 04 have scored at least once in their last 22 top-flight matches with Wolfsburg - against no other current Bundesliga side do they currently have a longer goalscoring run.
  • Wolfsburg have now secured three consecutive wins in competitive matches (Bundesliga: 3-0 against Mainz, 2-1 in Berlin; German Cup quarterfinal: 3-2 against Hoffenheim). VfL have only achieved their current tally of 36 points after 21 games once before - during their title-winning 2008/09 campaign.
  • Bayer 04 could celebrate a milestone in the match against Wolfsburg: Leverkusen have won 499 times in 1,181 top-flight games thus far.
  • VfL have already won more games this season (11) than they did in the whole of the last campaign (10).
  • No other side has collected more points from losing positions than Wolfsburg (14) - they won 2-1 in Berlin on the last matchday despite trailing 1-0. VfL were league leaders in this regard last season too, claiming 15 points after going behind.
  • Wolfsburg put out the youngest starting XI in their Bundesliga history on the last matchday, with an average age of 24 years and 242 days.
  • This is a meeting of the league's two best tackling sides: the Wolves have won 53.4% of their challenges, Leverkusen 52.1%
  • Julian Brandt made his Bundesliga debut on the last matchday - the 17-year-old talent moved to Leverkusen from Wolfsburg during the winter break.
  • Stefan Kießling has scored 11 goals in 17 Bundesliga meetings with Wolfsburg - only against Stuttgart has he scored more (14). The striker was the match winner with his brace in Bayer 04's 3-1 victory over VfL earlier this season (making it 2-1 and then 3-1).

Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen

  • Frankfurt have celebrated 31 wins against Bremen - a record number for Eintracht in the Bundesliga. However, they have also lost 38 times (18 draws).
  • Eintracht are unbeaten in their last seven Bundesliga meetings with Werder (W4, D3). It's the longest run the Eagles have ever had against Bremen in the Bundesliga without losing.
  • With five wins, six draws and 10 defeats each (21 points), only goal difference separates Frankfurt (12th) and Bremen (13th) in the table: Eintracht (-14) have the fifth worst in the league, while Bremen's (-21) is the second worst.
  • Bremen have won just one of their last 10 games, collecting just six points in that timeframe (D3 L6). A table based on just the last 10 matchdays would see them sitting 17th above only HSV.
  • Frankfurt have won their last two home games without conceding, something they last did at the end of 2008. Eintracht last won three consecutive Bundesliga home games without conceding a single goal back in 2000.
  • Bremen have the worst pass accuracy (71.6%) and average possession (42.5%) in the league. They have only found a teammate with 61.2% of their passes in the opponents' half (also a league low).
  • Bottom of the table Braunschweig are the only side other than Werder that have also been waiting six Bundesliga away games for a win. Bremen's last victory on the road was a 2-0 win at HSV on matchday 6.
  • Veh's side have claimed just two points from losing positions in this campaign, a league low. They came back to claim 13 points last season - second place behind Wolfsburg.
  • During spells with Rostock, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Frankfurt, Armin Veh has faced Werder 14 times in the top flight, winning eight of those games (D3 L3). There have been a remarkable 60 goals in those games, an average of 4.3 goals per match.
  • Frankfurt's Alex Meier could make his 200th Bundesliga appearance. Only five Eintracht players have scored more top-flight goals for the Eagles than Meier (53 in 193 games).

Hannover 96 v FC Bayern München

  • This is the 50th Bundesliga meeting between FC Bayern München and Hannover 96. The current champions have won 32 of the matches so far (D8 L9).
  • Hannover have lost their last four Bundesliga matches against Bayern with a goal record of two scored with 15 conceded - 96 have never suffered five consecutive Bundesliga defeats against FCB before. Their current run against Bayern in competitive games is already five successive losses.
  • Nevertheless, Bayern have lost two of their last three away games in Hannover - FCB don't have a run like that against any other Bundesliga side at the moment. However, the last game in Hannover ended in a 6-1 win for Bayern (April 2013).
  • Only FC Bayern (0) have suffered fewer home defeats than Hannover (1). 96 lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim back in October.
  • Bayern have won their last 13 Bundesliga games and are heading for another record: FCB themselves secured 15 consecutive wins in 2005.
  • FCB have already allowed 51 shots since the winter break (in 5 games) - eight teams have allowed fewer. Hannover have allowed the most shots in that timeframe (71).
  • Mario Mandzukic and Mario Götze are both set for their 100th Bundesliga appearances, while Dante could make his 50th top-flight appearance in Bayern colours.
  • Arjen Robben scored the first of his so far three Bundesliga hat-tricks in a match against Hannover back in April 2010 - FCB were 7-0 winners in the Allianz Arena.
  • The two managers Pep Guardiola and Tayfun Korkut were on opposing sides as players almost exactly 13 years ago - on February 25th 2001, Pep's FC Barcelona beat Korkut's Real Sociedad 3-0.
  • Claudio Pizarro celebrated his 200th Bundesliga win in the match against Freiburg - that is the highest amount amongst current top-flight players. Schweinsteiger could also reach this milestone in the meeting with Hannover (currently on 199 wins).
  • Mame Diouf has scored 23 of his 25 Bundesliga goals in home matches.



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