Bundesliga Opta Facts - 23-25 October
SV Darmstadt 98 v VfL Wolfsburg
- Darmstadt and Wolfsburg have already met three times. In 1992/93 they faced off twice in the second division - both sides won one encounter. They also met in the DFB Cup last term. The Wolves won 5-4 on penalties after the game had ended goalless.
- A win would see the newly promoted side (currently 13 points) overtake the Wolves, who finished second in the Bundesliga last term (currently 15 points).
- Wolfsburg scored as many goals in last weekend's 4-2 win over Hoffenheim as they had in the previous five league games combined.
- The win against Bremen was Darmstadt's only victory in their last 12 home matches across multiple seasons (D5, L6).
- Wolfsburg are currently the worst side away from home in the league (2 points, -6 goal difference).
- The Lilies have scored eight goals before the break (the same as Gladbach). Only Dortmund and Frankfurt have scored more in the first half.
- Wolfsburg have scored five goals from crosses, which can only be matched by Bayern.
- Only Wolfsburg and Bayern are yet to concede a goal from a set piece this season.
- Seven D98 players have started all nine league games to date. That tally can only be beaten by Köln. Naldo is the only VfL player to start every league game (a league low together with Stuttgart).
- Bas Dost has scored at least once in each of VfL's home games in 2015/16. He is yet to open his account on the road though.
- Dirk Schuster and Dieter Hecking head into the game having averaged 1.44 points per Bundesliga game, meaning they are level in sixth in the rankings among current coaches.
Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg
- Dortmund are unbeaten in seven of their last eight Bundesliga meetings with FC Augsburg (W5, D2). Their only loss in that timeframe came in the most recent encounter when FCA prevailed 1-0 in Dortmund earlier in 2015.
- Augsburg have never suffered a heavier defeat than 4-0 in the Bundesliga. They have lost by this scoreline three times - two of which were at the hands of BVB (1st October 2011 in Dortmund and 10th August 2013 at home). Bayern are the only other side to beat them by that scoreline
- BVB have only had more points on the board at this stage of a campaign in four of their 49 BL campaigns. They had 22 points in each of the 1965/66, 1979/80, 2010/11 and 2013/14 seasons and had 20 points, as they do now, in their 1994/95 title-winning campaign.
- With just five points from their first nine games, this is FC Augsburg's worst ever start to a BL season. They had always had at least six points, their previous record low which was set in 2012/13, at this stage of every other top-flight campaign.
- Only Bayern (29) have scored more goals than BVB this term (24). This tally can only be beaten once in the club's history (25 in 1994/95). They also had netted 24 times by this stage of the 1963/64 and 1995/96 seasons.
- Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 12 matches on home soil in all competitions, winning 11 of those games (2-2 vs. Darmstadt in their last home outing). They were last defeated in front of their own fans at the start of April (1-0 vs. FC Bayern).
- Augsburg are yet to win on the road in the league this term (same as Wolfsburg) and sit 17th in the away table with just two points and a -3 goal difference.
- BVB are undefeated in their last 10 BL fixtures at home on a Sunday (W7, D3). Augsburg have not lost any of their last 6 top-flight games on a Sunday either (W3, D3).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed out on setting a new BL record in Mainz (scoring in 11 successive games) but did provide two assists for the first time in the top flight. He has been involved in 27 goals in 25 BL matches in 2015, a league high.
Hannover 96 v Eintracht Frankfurt
- Hannover have lost just one of their last nine BL meetings with Frankfurt (W6, D2) and are unbeaten in five games against SGE (W3, D2).
- The Lower Saxony side haven't lost any of their previous 11 BL home fixtures against Eintracht (W7, D4). Their last top-flight defeat on home soil at the hands of Frankfurt was almost 28 years ago on 14th November 1987 (2-1).
- Hannover have taken seven points from their last three games and therefore lie third in a table based on the last three matchdays behind Gladbach and Bayern (9 points each).
- Frankfurt have collected just two points from the last five matches, losing three of their last four games.
- Eintracht have come out on top in only one of their last 16 away games - they recorded a 4-1 victory in Stuttgart on matchday 3 this season. Otherwise they've drawn four games and suffered 11 defeats, therefore collecting just seven of a possible 48 points in that spell.
- 96 have won just two of their last 13 home games (D4, L7) but both of those victories have come over the last five matchdays. Their 1-0 win over Bremen on matchday 8 put an end to their run of three consecutive defeats.
- After having let in 16 goals in the first seven matches, 96 have kept a clean sheet in their last two games against Bremen and Köln. The last time they went two games in a row without shipping a goal was in October/November 2014 (3 consecutive clean sheets back then).
- Frankfurt have conceded 10 goals in the last four games - a league high together with Wolfsburg und Augsburg. In total, only Stuttgart (19) and Hoffenheim (18) have shipped more goals than the Eagles (16, the same as Gladbach and H96).
- Akin to the start he made with Stuttgart in the 2014/15 campaign, Armin Veh and Frankfurt have accrued nine points from the opening nine games. He then lost three consecutive games with VfB before stepping down as head coach.
- Armin Veh and Michael Frontzeck both played in Mönchengladbach in 1982/83 and 1984/85. They featured together in five BL matches during the 1984/85 campaign.
- Ron-Robert Zieler has made the most saves so far this season out of all the top-flight keepers (45). He hasn't been beaten by any of the last 15 shots on his goal.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Hamburger SV
- The last four meetings of the sides have seen Hoffenheim pick up 10 points from a possible 12, scoring 12 goals and conceding just two in the process (W3, D1).
- HSV have lost five of their seven visits to Hoffenheim (W1, D1). The losses have always been comprehensive (3-0 on three occasions, 4-0 and 5-1 once each). TSG's five home Bundesliga wins against over Hamburg can only be matched by their record against Hannover (also 5).
- Markus Gisdol's side are on just six points from nine games, which is Hoffenheim's worst ever start to a Bundesliga season. TSG had eight points at this stage 2012/13, a campaign which saw TSG maintain their top-flight status by winning the relegation play-off.
- Hamburger SV have managed just one goal in their last five BL outings. They have failed to score in 13 of their 26 BL matches this calendar year - the most in the league.
- TSG 1899 are the only side yet to win at home in the league this season (D2, L2). Across multiple seasons, they have enjoyed just one win in their last eight home BL fixtures (D3, L4).
- Hoffenheim have already suffered five defeats in their first nine games of this Bundesliga campaign - the same as the entire first half of last season.
- HSV have lost four of their last five BL encounters with teams occupying automatic relegation spots. Their last win came on MD4 against then bottom-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-0).
- TSG have kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 competitive games across multiple seasons (0-0 in Darmstadt on MD3) and in their last six matches have conceded a total of 14 goals - an average of 2.3 goals per game.
- Hoffenheim have shipped 16 goals in their last eight home BL games across multiple seasons. Their last clean sheet at home was in March 2015 when they beat Hamburg 3-0.
- TSG have suffered 99 defeats in 247 BL outings meaning they are on the cusp of an unwanted milestone. They are also close to conceding their 400th top-flight goal (currently 398).
- Markus Gisdol will take charge of Hoffenheim for the 85th time in the Bundesliga this matchday, drawing level with Ralf Rangnick. Gisdol (27 victories) is just five wins short of equalling Rangnick's tally of first-division triumphs in charge of TSG.
FC Ingolstadt 04 v Hertha Berlin
- This weekend will see FCI and Hertha face off in the Bundesliga for the first time. It will be the 878th different fixture in the history of the league.
- However, they have met on four previous occasions (all in the second division). Die Schanzer are yet to beat BSC though - the first meeting in October 2010 ended 3-1 to Hertha and the subsequent three have been draws.
- Ingolstadt have kept five clean sheets, a league high together with Bayern. No other Bundesliga debutant has kept so many at this stage of their inaugural top-flight campaign.
- FCI have the second-best defensive record in the league (7 conceded in 9 games) - only Bayern can better that record. The last debutant to manage that feat was the record champions themselves in 1965/66 - no side has ever been relegated having conceded so few goals at this stage of the season.
- Ingolstadt have scored just six goals this season, which is fewer than any other side and sees them equal a negative record for Bundesliga debutants after nine games. Only Tasmania Berlin (1965/66) and SpVgg Greuther Fürth (2012/13) hit the back of the net so irregularly by this stage of a Bundesliga campaign.
- Hertha have lost six of their last eight Bundesliga away games, spanning multiple seasons (W1, D1).
- Die Schanzer will feature in the Bundesliga's Saturday evening kick-off for the first time this weekend. Hertha BSC have lost four of their last six games in that timeslot (W2).
- Ingolstadt have picked up just four of their 14 points on home turf and have scored just twice in front of their own supporters, a league low together with Bremen.
- FCI have 14 points on the board having scored just six goals - a new Bundesliga record! Never before has a side accumulated 14 points (at an average of 2.3 points per goals) having scored as few goals at this stage of a campaign.
- Ingolstadt have gone into the dressing room at half time level in each of their nine Bundesliga games this term, with the score goalless in eight of those matches - it was 1-1 at the break in the other. This means that their nine league games to date have only featured a total of two goals before the interval - something which has never previously happened.
- Salomon Kalou has now netted in back-to-back Bundesliga games for the first time in his career. Both goals were created by Mitchell Weiser.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart
- B04 are unbeaten in ten matches against Stuttgart (W7, D3), and have scored at least once in the last 15 clashes of the sides (at an average of 2.5 goals per game).
- Therefore it's no surprise that VfB are Bayer 04's favourite Bundesliga opponents. Leverkusen have won more times (31) and scored more goals (122) against Stuttgart than against any other team in the top flight.
- Schmidt's side have won eight of their last 10 BL home matches, losing just one (1-0 to Darmstadt on MD4). However, they have picked up just four points from their last three matches on home soil (W1, D1, L1), scoring two and conceding two in the process.
- VfB celebrated just their second win of the season, and first on home soil, on matchday 9 against Ingolstadt (1-0). The game also saw them keep their first clean sheet of the campaign.
- Only twice before have Leverkusen scored fewer goals at this point of the season than they currently have (8). In 1991/92 they had seven after nine games and in 1982/83 the tally stood at just five.
- Roger Schmidt's side have allowed their opponents just 22 shots in the last four BL matches, with only 5 of those landing on target - a league high by far. They have conceded just one goal in that timeframe - Leno's own goal against Augsburg.
- Stefan Kießling has found the net 14 times in 19 matches against VfB - a personal best. The striker averages a goal or an assist every 80 minutes against Stuttgart (14 goals, 2 assists in 1282 minutes of action).
- Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno is unbeaten against his former employers Stuttgart (W5, D3).
- Daniel Didavi has been directly involved in six goals this season (3 goals + 3 assists) and so has had a hand in half of his team's 12 goals. His first ever Bundesliga goal came in Leverkusen (17th December 2011) in a game which saw 1. FC Nürnberg side beat the Werkself 3-0.
1. FSV Mainz 05 v SV Werder Bremen
- Mainz have won just one of their last eight BL home matches against Bremen (3-0 in April 2014, otherwise D2, L5). The 05ers have only lost more home games against Bayern (7) than against Werder (5, the same as Dortmund).
- Schmidt's side have lost their last two league home matches (3-0 vs. Bremen and 2-0 vs. Dortmund) - the last time this happened in September 2013. The last time they lost more consecutive home games was in 2011 (5, a negative club record).
- SVW have lost each of their last five league matches, equalling a club record. The Green-Whites would therefore make unwanted history were they to lose in Mainz.
- Bremen have failed to score in each of their last three league games (341 minutes), something which most recently happened in November 2010. The last time they went longer without scoring was over 16 years ago (March-April 1999, 4 games in a row on that occasion).
- Only Bremen have gone longer without a clean sheet (12 games) than Mainz (6, same as Hoffenheim). Only Ingolstadt have scored fewer goals (6) than Werder this term (7).
- Almost exactly a year ago, Viktor Skripnik took charge of his first Werder Bremen game, an away match in Mainz. His appointment inspired them to their first league win of 2014/15 in his maiden trip to the touchline (2-1 on MD10).
- Six of the last eight penalties taken faced by Loris Karius in the Bundesliga have failed to hit the back of the net. The Mainz goalkeeper saved four of those. He has faced four spot kicks this season, none of which have gone in (2 saved, 2 missed).
Borussia Mönchengladbach v FC Schalke 04
- Borussia have won seven of their last eight home games against Schalke (in all competitions). The only blemish was the Royal Blues' 1-0 triumph 3rd May 2013.
- The teams will meet in the DFB Cup second round three days after this fixture, this time in Gelsenkirchen.
- Gladbach have come out on top in all four of their matches under Andre Schubert, scoring 14 goals and conceding just four. The Foals secured four straight wins twice in the second half of last season and last went on a longer winning run between October and December 2013 (6 back then).
- Schalke have recorded five wins in their last six league outings (L1). Only Bayern (18) have accrued more points than the Royal Blues (15) in that timeframe.
- Borussia have already given away six penalties in the Bundesliga this term (a league high). They only gave away four spot kicks in their 48 competitive fixtures in the whole of last season. All four of the BL goals conceded under Schubert have come from the spot.
- Schalke have had more points on the board than they do now (19) after nine games on just two previous occasions. They had 20 three years ago (finished the season in 4th) and 23 in the 1972/73 campaign (converted to the 3-points-for-a-win system), finishing that season in second.
- S04 have taken 19 points from their first nine games, scoring just 12 goals in the process. Only two sides can improve on this in the history of the Bundesliga. Stuttgart had 21 points in 2003/04 (12 goals) and Köln had 19 in 1987/88 (also 12 goals).
- Andre Schubert is the seventh manager in BL history to win his first four games as a top-flight boss. Only Branko Zebec (1968/69 with Bayern, 5) and Willi Entenmann (1985/86 with Stuttgart, 6) have gone on longer winning runs at the start of their Bundesliga managerial careers.
- Raffael has been directly involved in eight of the 14 BL goals scored under Schubert (3 goals + 5 assists), only Robert Lewandowski has had a hand in more goals in that timeframe (9). Raffael did not have a hand in a goal in the five matches under Favre this term.
- Schalke captain Benedikt Höwedes, who netted in the 2-1 success over Berlin, is set to make his 200th BL appearance. Teammate Sead Kolasinac could make his 50th top-flight appearance.
- Borussia players Raffael (second half of 2012/13) and Christofer Heimeroth (1999-2006), as well Schalke's Roman Neustädter (2009-12), could all face their former clubs.
FC Bayern München v 1. FC Köln
- FC Bayern München have won their last four Bundesliga encounters against 1. FC Köln. The record champions have never inflicted five consecutive league defeats on the Billy Goats though.
- FCB have suffered more home BL defeats against Köln than against any other side (9, same as Dortmund). Bayern have only conceded more home league goals against Bremen (53) than they have against the Billy Goats (51).
- No other Bundesliga side has ever won their first nine games of a season. The previous record was also held by Bayern, who won the opening eight BL matches of their 2012/13 treble-winning campaign.
- The side from Cologne are enjoying their best BL start to a season in 19 years despite the 1-0 defeat to Hannover. The last time they had at least 14 points after nine games was in 1996/97 (16 on that occasion).
- The Bavarians could celebrate their 1000th Bundesliga win on 24th October against Köln. Interestingly, their 300th BL win also came on that date, thanks to a 3-2 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt in 1981.
- The Billy Goats are yet to lose a match this season against a team taking part in a European competition (1-1 vs. Wolfsburg, 1-0 win over Gladbach and 3-0 vs. Schalke).
- Bayern (6, all through Robert Lewandowski) and Köln (4) have scored the most goals in the Bundesliga through substitutes.
- Manuel Neuer is now level with Sepp Maier for BL clean sheets (137) and finds himself fifth on the all-time list. Oliver Kahn is the current record holder with 196.
- Robert Lewandowski could bag his seventh win in seven BL meetings against FC Köln. Only Nelson Valdez can top this in the Bundesliga with eight wins from eight against the side from Cologne.