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Robert Alexander 21st Mar 2014 - 9:54

Bundesliga Opta Facts | 21 - 23 March

SC Freiburg v SV Werder Bremen

  • This is the 30th Bundesliga meeting between Freiburg and Bremen. Werder comfortably lead the head-to-head record with 19 wins (D4, L6). A win for SCF would be their 100th home victory in the Bundesliga.
  • Werder haven't lost in any of their last six trips to Freiburg. Bremen have won five times (1 draw), scoring 23 goals in the process. The last home win for SCF (3-0) was July 28th 2001.
  • Freiburg have already suffered two 6-0 defeats at home against Werder (December 2004, November 2009). After a 7-0 loss at Bayern and also a 6-0 defeat to FCB, these losses to Bremen are SCF's biggest in the Bundesliga.
  • With just 10 points to their name, Freiburg are the worst home side in the league and haven't won any of their last three home games (D1, L2). SCF's last victory in Freiburg was a 3-2 win over Leverkusen in the first game back after the winter break.
  • Bremen haven't lost any of their last five Bundesliga games (W2, D3). The last time Werder went five straight league games without defeat was over two years ago (January/February 2012). Their last loss was a 5-1 defeat to Dortmund on February 8th 2014.
  • Werder have faced sides who were in the bottom half of the table ahead of the matchday on 13 occasions this season. Only one of those games has ended in defeat for Bremen (3-0 home loss to Frankfurt on matchday 5), otherwise they have recorded five wins and seven draws.
  • After Nürnberg (440), Werder have allowed the second-most shots this season (430) and have conceded 47 goals. However, Bremen have kept nine clean sheets in 2013/14, with only Bayern (14) and Schalke (10) keeping more.
  • Oliver Baumann has made the most saves this season (118) - far more than keepers have had to make against Freiburg's attack (79 shots on target, a league low).
  • Clemens Fritz is set to make his 250th Bundesliga appearance, while Philipp Bargfrede could play his 100th Bundesliga game. Bargfrede has won all six of his top-flight meetings with Freiburg.
  • Robin Dutt was in the Freiburg dugout for 68 Bundesliga games (2009-11). He currently has the same points-per-game average at Bremen as he did at SCF (1.16).

FC Schalke 04 v Eintracht Braunschweig

  • Schalke have won each of their last four competitive matches against Braunschweig. They secured a last-minute victory earlier this season (3-2).
  • Against no other team in the Bundesliga have Eintracht scored as often as against Schalke - they have netted an impressive 64 goals in 37 top-flight meetings with S04.
  • In Bundesliga history, all eight teams that have had Braunschweig's current record of 18 points after 25 games ended up being relegated (partially converted to the 3-points-per-win system). Bundesliga survival has never been achieved with fewer than 19 points.
  • Schalke are in the top three in the table for the first time under Jens Keller. S04 have moved above Bayer 04, having collected 16 points more than them over the last 10 matchdays.
  • With 19 points to their name, Schalke are the second-best team in the second half of the season after Bayern (24).
  • Schalke are unbeaten in seven straight Bundesliga home games for the first time this season and have collected 19 of a possible 21 points in that run. The last time they went on a longer unbeaten run at home in the top flight was in 2011/12 (10 games).
  • Braunschweig are the worst away team in the Bundesliga this season (an average of 0.5 points per away game) and have now been waiting longer for an away win than any other Bundesliga team (8 matches).
  • The Royal Blues have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Bundesliga home games, meaning Schalke have now gone almost five hours (295 minutes) without conceding a single goal at home.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored nine goals in just 10 Bundesliga games this season and is Schalke's best goalscorer in the top flight. He has netted five of S04's last six Bundesliga goals and on average has scored every 91 minutes in the league in 2013/14.
  • One of Karim Bellarabi or Domi Kumbela has been involved in 13 of Braunschweig's 20 goals this season (65%). Last weekend against Wolfsburg, one of them assisted the other for the first time this season - Kumbela's cross was converted by Bellarabi.
  • Braunschweig's top assister, Mirko Boland (4), was in Schalke's youth setup from 2002-04. His teammate Jonas Erwig-Drüppel played in S04's reserves from 2010-12.

VfB Stuttgart v Hamburger SV

  • This is the 98th meeting between these two teams in the top flight - only HSV vs. Bremen has been played more often (100 times).
  • Hamburg lead the head-to-head with 42 wins to Stuttgart's 34 (21 draws) and haven't celebrated more wins against any other club. The encounter earlier this season ended in a 3-3 draw.
  • Stuttgart haven't won in 10 games (D2, L8); a run they last suffered between March and May 1999. VfB have only waited longer for a top-flight win once before: 13 games in the first half of the 1966/67 season.
  • Hamburg have collected seven points from their four matches under Slomka, although their only away game in that run ended in defeat (1-0 in Bremen).
  • Tallies of 21 and 23 points for VfB and HSV respectively confirm this as both clubs' worst ever Bundesliga season (after 25 games; partially converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • Only Hoffenheim (56) have conceded more goals than HSV (54) and Stuttgart (52).
  • Stuttgart have conceded in the final 15 minutes in eight of their nine matches so far in 2014 (10 times in total), costing them points in seven of those games - 13 in total.
  • Since their 4-0 win in Braunschweig (September), VfB have failed to keep a clean sheet in 18 games. They have only had a run like that once before: Stuttgart conceded in 21 successive Bundesliga games in 1969. They have already set a new club record by going 15 home games without a clean sheet.
  • Hakan Calhanoglu has scored three of HSV's last four goals and had 10 shots in the match against Nürnberg - a league high this season. His teammate Pierre-Michel Lasogga could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance this weekend in Stuttgart (19 goals so far).
  • VfB manager Huub Stevens was in the HSV dugout between February 2007 and June 2008. In 2007, he took the club from 18th place to seventh (and into the Intertoto Cup), and also secured a fourth-place finish with them in the following campaign.

Hannover 96 v Borussia Dortmund

  • Dortmund have won seven of their last nine competitive matches against Hannover (D1, L1). 96 have won just one of the last 12 competitive meetings between the two sides (D4, L7), a 2-1 victory in September 2011.
  • However, Hannover have lost just one of their last seven meetings with Dortmund at home (all in the Bundesliga) - a 4-0 defeat in November 2010 (otherwise W3, D3).
  • There have been 44 goals in the last 11 meetings between the two teams, 10 of which have been in the Bundesliga and one in the German Cup (4.0 goals per game).
  • After five games without a win (D2, L3), Hannover got back to winning ways on the last matchday with a 3-0 victory over Berlin. It was also their first clean sheet in 10 games.
  • Hannover are now unbeaten in three Bundesliga games (W1, D2) - that last happened in February 2013. Their last defeat was a 4-0 loss to FC Bayern at the end of February 2014.
  • With 56 goals scored after 25 matches, the Bundesliga is seeing the best Dortmund attack in 18 years (61 goals in 1995/96).
  • Ron-Robert Zieler is the only Bundesliga player that has played every single one of the 8,910 minutes over the last 99 matchdays. The last game he missed was a 4-1 loss in Dortmund on matchday 28 of the 2010/11 season.
  • Milos Jojic has been substituted on three times this season and he has scored in two of those appearances. The Serb has needed just three shots for his two goals. He celebrated his 22nd birthday three days before the match in Hannover.
  • Leonardo Bittencourt assisted two goals in one Bundesliga game for the first time in his side's 3-0 win in Berlin last week. He had only assisted three goals in his 27 Bundesliga appearances before that. He played for Dortmund in 2012/13 (5 Bundesliga appearances, 1 goal, 1 assist).
  • Of the current Bundesliga managers, only Armin Veh (5 times) has been sent to the stands more often than Jürgen Klopp (4 times).

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Augsburg

  • Wolfsburg have won just one of their five Bundesliga meetings with FCA (D2, L2): VfL won the meeting in Augsburg earlier this season 2-1, despite having trailed.
  • FCA are unbeaten in Wolfsburg (W1, D1). HSV (2.3 points per game) are the only current Bundesliga side Augsburg have picked up more points against away from home than Wolfsburg (2.0).
  • After their matches in Mönchengladbach (2-1 win) and against Schalke (2-1 loss), FCA are now set to face Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Mainz and Bayern. All six of those sides currently sit in the top seven in the table.
  • Augsburg have won their last three away games and are unbeaten on the road since their 3-0 loss to Bayern on November 9th (W4, D3).
  • Wolfsburg have collected just one point from their last three games, conceding 13 goals in the process. VfL's tally of 20 goals conceded since the winter break is a league high.
  • VfL have scored in each of their 17 Bundesliga games since a 2-0 loss to Braunschweig on matchday eight. Only Bayern are currently on a longer goalscoring run (62 games).
  • Alongside Bayern, Augsburg have collected the most points from losing positions this season (both 15). Indeed, Wolfsburg share third place with Schalke (both 14 points).
  • Luiz Gustavo equalled his season best from 2012/13 (for Bayern) with his fourth Bundesliga goal of the campaign on matchday 25 against Braunschweig. The Brazilian has scored all four goals from set-pieces (2 corners, 2 free kicks).
  • Gustavo has scored two goals in three Bundesliga games against FCA - only against his current club Wolfsburg has he scored as often in the top flight (albeit in 9 games). He scored his first headed goal in the Bundesliga in the meeting earlier this season to secure a 2-1 win.
  • Dieter Hecking is unbeaten against FCA as a manager (W4, D3). He came out on top in both relegation play-off matches against Augsburg in 2010 as Nürnberg manager (1-0 H, 2-0 A).
  • Augsburg have only scored two goals in seven competitive meetings against Dieter Hecking as a manager. However, FCA scored a goal in each of the last two encounters.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v FC Bayern München

  • Bayern have won their last three games against Mainz and scored at least three times in each of those matches.
  • Mainz were the last Bundesliga side that stopped Bayern from scoring a goal - the two teams drew 0-0 at the Allianz Arena on April 14th 2012. FCB have scored in each of their 62 league games since then (Bundesliga record).
  • FC Bayern can be crowned Bundesliga champions in Mainz: They need to win and hope that both Schalke and Dortmund fail to collect three points. It would be the earliest title-win in Bundesliga history.
  • Mainz (17 points) are the third-best team in the second half of the season after Bayern (24) and Schalke (19).
  • FCB have won each of their last 17 games (Bundesliga record), while FSV have lost just one of their last 11 Bundesliga matches (W6, D4).
  • The Munich side have won each of their last eight away games in the league - the Bundesliga record stands at nine straight away wins, set by FCB themselves last season.
  • Bayern (currently with 74 goals scored) require just 28 more goals from the last nine games (an average of 3.1 per game) to set a new goalscoring record in the Bundesliga.
  • Only Bayern (16 times) have scored more often in the final 15 minutes of games than Mainz (11 times, the same as Schalke and Dortmund).
  • Bayern (11) and Mainz (10) have scored the most goals from substitutes in 2013/14. In Choupo-Moting (5 goals) and Mandzukic (4, the same as Kumbela), the two top-scoring substitutes in the Bundesliga this season could meet.
  • Shinji Okazaki is just the third Japanese player to have a two-digit goal tally in a Bundesliga season. Only Naohiro Takahara (2006/07: 11 goals for Frankfurt) and Shinji Kagawa (2011/12: 13 goals for Dortmund) have achieved it before him.
  • Mario Mandzukic is the first Croatian to score 17 goals in a Bundesliga season. The striker has now scored in six successive Bundesliga games for the first time in his career.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Hertha BSC

  • Gladbach have collected just 13 of a possible 30 points from their last 10 home matches against Hertha (W3, D4, L3).
  • Gladbach haven't won any of their last five home games (D2, L3) - their longest winless run at home under Lucien Favre.
  • Hertha have won three of the four games they have played during Saturday's late kick-off this season (1 defeat) - including their 1-0 victory over Gladbach earlier this season.
  • Berlin have won five of their last seven away matches and have collected more points on the road (19) than they have in their Olympiastadion (17), despite having played one game more at home (13) than they have away (12).
  • Former Hertha player Raffael has scored 13 goals this season - only Marco Reus in the 2011/12 season has scored as many goals for Gladbach after 25 matchdays in the last 16 years. Martin Dahlin scored more for the Foals in the 1995/96 season (15 goals).
  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen could make his 100th Bundesliga appearance in the match against Hertha and will become the youngest goalkeeper after Eike Immel (21 years, 78 days) to reach this milestone (21 years, 326 days).
  • Lucien Favre managed Hertha between 2007 and 2009. His points-per-game average of 1.47 hasn't been reached by any other Berlin manager in the Bundesliga since then - Jos Luhukay's is currently at 1.44.
  • Jos Luhukay took over at Gladbach during the winter break of the 2006/07 season, was relegated with the Foals and then got immediately promoted with them in the following campaign.
  • Adrian Ramos has been involved in 16 of his side's last 21 Bundesliga goals (76%). Overall, the Colombian has had a hand in 57% of Hertha's goals - no other Bundesliga team is as dependant on a single player.
  • Former Berlin man Thorben Marx is set for his 100th Bundesliga game for Gladbach. He made 79 top-flight appearances for Hertha between 2000 and 2006.

1. FC Nürnberg v Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Frankfurt have lost just two of their last 14 away games against Nürnberg (W6, D6).
  • There has never been a sending-off in the 55 Bundesliga meetings between Frankfurt and Nürnberg. It's the most-played fixture that has yet to see a referee award a red card.
  • After winning four of their opening five games after the winter break, Nürnberg have now suffered three successive defeats - that last happened in April/May 2013 (a run of 4 straight losses).
  • Eintracht are the only side alongside FC Bayern yet to suffer a defeat after taking the lead. Nürnberg have collected 13 points from losing positions this season - only Augsburg, Bayern (both 15), Schalke and Wolfsburg (both 14) have claimed more.
  • Frankfurt have won just three of their 12 Sunday games this season (D3, L6).
  • 73% of the goals that FCN have conceded (32 of 44) have come in the second half - a league-high proportion.
  • Nürnberg have scored just four goals in the final 15 minutes of games - only Frankfurt have netted fewer in that timeframe (3).
  • Only Braunschweig (8.5%) have a worse chance-conversion rate than Frankfurt (10.9%) and Nürnberg (11.3%). In terms of converting clear-cut chances, only Braunschweig (31%) have been less clinical than the Eagles (33%).
  • Nürnberg hit the woodwork for the 22nd time this season during their game against Hamburg, a league-high by far. Since Opta started collecting this statistic in 2006/07, the season high lies at 23 (Dortmund 2011/12).
  • Armin Veh could celebrate his 100th Bundesliga win as a manager. He hasn't faced any club in competitive matches as often as a manager as Nürnberg (21 times).
  • Josip Drmic has scored 12 of FCN's 28 league goals - only Berlin's Adrian Ramos has also scored as high a percentage of a club's goals (both 43%). Drmic has been involved in each of the last six Nürnberg goals (4 goals, 2 assists).

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v 1899 Hoffenheim

  • This will be Leverkusen's 12th Bundesliga meeting with Hoffenheim and they have an almost flawless record against TSG so far: Bayer 04 have won 10 of the 11 top-flight encounters so far (1 draw).
  • Stefan Kießling scored a ‘ghost goal' during his side's 2-1 win over Hoffenheim earlier this season, heading a corner through a hole in the side netting. However, the match officials led by referee Dr. Felix Brych weren't aware and awarded the goal.
  • Hoffenheim have dropped 19 points from winning positions so far this season (the same as Augsburg) - only Stuttgart have dropped more (25). In the match against Mainz (4-2 defeat), TSG lost after having a 2-0 lead for the first time in their Bundesliga history.
  • Bayer 04 have collected just one of a possible 15 points from their last five league matches and have dropped out of the top three for the first time this season (currently 4th). Only Stuttgart have been waiting longer for a win (10 games).
  • Leverkusen have lost seven of their last eight competitive matches, only avoiding defeat in that timeframe in their 1-1 draw with Hannover. The last time Bayer 04 failed to win in eight successive competitive matches was between December 2002 and February 2003.
  • Bayer 04 have scored just nine goals in the last 10 Bundesliga games, a league-low.
  • There have been 110 goals in the 25 matches involving Hoffenheim - the last time a team's games produced more goals was 28 years ago (Hannover 1985/86, 111 goals). TSG have the third-best attack (54 goals scored) and the league's worst defence (56 goals conceded).
  • For the third time in their history, Hoffenheim have conceded at least four goals in back-to-back Bundesliga games. They have never conceded at least four goals in three successive matches before.
  • Hoffenheim have collected just two of a possible 15 points from their last five away matches (D2, L3). On top of that, TSG have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 17 away games, a club record.
  • Bayer 04 could record their 500th Bundesliga win (currently 499 in 1,185 games).
  • Philipp Wollscheid is set for his 50th Bundesliga game for Leverkusen. In total, he has made 101 appearances in the top flight (49 for Bayer 04, 52 for Nürnberg).

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