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Stuart Dalgleish 25th Apr 2013 - 12:13

Bundesliga Opta Facts: 26-28 April

SpVgg Greuther Furth - Hannover 96

  • If this game ends as a draw or a victory for Hannover, Furth could become the first side to be relegated this season (depending on Saturday's results). Monchengladbach were the last Bundesliga club to go down as early as matchday 31, six years ago.
  • Hannover's last trip to Furth came in May 2002 when they won 5-1 in the second division. This is Hannover's most recent match in the second division.
  • There has never been a side in German professional football (i.e. Bundesliga, second division, third division) to go an entire season without home victory. Furth have failed to win any home games this season, with two more remaining.
  • Hannover have gained only ten points from their last 21 Bundesliga away matches (63 possible points). They have lost 17, drawn one and won only three.
  • Hannover have lost all three games on a Friday in 2012/13. The team have conceded ten goals in these three (away) matches.
  • Furth (46.8%) and Hannover (47.0%) have the lowest duel success rates in the top flight.
  • No side has seen as many yellows as Furth and Hannover this season (67 each).
  • No team has attempted as few (118) or faced as many shots (235) as Hannover in 2013.
  • Steven Cherundolo has been waiting for his 299th Bundesliga game (currently 298). No Hannover player has ever appeared in more than 298 Bundesliga games for the club.
  • Hannover striker Mame Diouf hasn't scored in 499 minutes, which is the longest scoreless run in his Bundesliga career.
  • Gerald Asamoah is a former Hannover player who appeared in the second and third division for the club from 1994 till 1999. Mirko Slomka - a youth coach at Hannover during this time - was his mentor back then.

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FC Bayern Munich - SC Freiburg

  • Freiburg haven't won any of their last 21 Bundesliga games against Bayern (L17, D4). They have gained only one point from their last 14 Bundesliga matches against Bayern.
  • Freiburg have never won a Bundesliga game in the city of Munich. Not against Bayern (L11 D2), not against TSV 1860 Munich (L7, D1) and not at Unterhaching (L1 D1).
  • Freiburg's highest Bundesliga loss came in their last away game against Bayern (September 2011). Mario Gomez scored 4 times and Franck Ribery a brace in a 0-7 thrashing for Freiburg.
  • Bayern have collected 81 points from 30 games. Never in Bundesliga history has a side won more points in an entire season (Dortmund also 81 in 2011/12) which means that Bayern will set a new Bundesliga record if they collect one more point from their remaining four games.
  • Never before has a club scored 89 goals after 30 games. The record for an entire season is 101, which means that Bayern will set a new record if they score 13 in their remaining four games.
  • Bayern are the first side to have won the first 13 games in the second half of the season. Never before has a club won 13 consecutive Bundesliga games within one season.
  • Freiburg and Bayern have hit woodwork 16 times (each), only Werder Bremen have done so more (17).
  • No other Bundesliga goalkeeper has made as many individual errors resulting in a goal (8) as Manuel Neuer in the past three years (since summer 2010). The German national has been directly responsible for 10% of his respective teams' conceded goals in that period.
  • Freiburg captain Julian Schuster will miss the game due to previously picking up his 10th booking.

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Werder Bremen

  • Leverkusen haven't lost any of their last nine Bundesliga games against Bremen (W3 D6): Bremen's last victory came in May 2008 at Leverkusen (1-0).
  • However, Leverkusen have won only one of their last seven Bundesliga home games against Bremen (L2 D4 and a 1-0 victory in the last home game).
  • Leverkusen have gained 33 points from their 15 home games this season (only Bayern have more; 38 home points). They have lost only two of their 15 home games this season (2-3 against Dortmund, 1-2 against Bayern Munich).
  • Only in 1998/99 had Werder Bremen gained fewer points from their opening 30 games (29) than this season (32). Back then, the club dismissed coach Felix Magath after 30 games and replaced him with Thomas Schaaf.
  • Bremen haven't won any of their last nine Bundesliga games (L5 D4). This is currently the longest negative run of any side in the German top flight.
  • Bremen have conceded as many as 30 goals in only 13 games in 2013 - no other side more than 25 (Hamburg and Dusseldorf).
  • No side have conceded more goals this season than Werder Bremen (59, like Hoffenheim).
  • Leverkusen have scored in each of their 18 Bundesliga home games under Hyypiä/Lewandowski. They haven't failed to score in a home game since March 2012 (0-2 against Freiburg).
  • No Bundesliga player has been involved in more goals this season than Stefan Kießling (28, like Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski).
  • Kießling braced against Hoffenheim last week, scoring his 20th and 21st goal this season. 21 goals means a tied career high for the striker (level with 2009/10).
  • Never has a Leverkusen player scored more than 22 goals within one season (Ulf Kirsten 1996/97 and 1997/98) which means that Kießling will set a new club record if he scores two goals in the remaining four games.
  • Bremen haven't won a game since Thomas Eichin took over as CEO on February 15th, 2013 (L5 D4).
  • Leverkusen's director of sports Rudi Völler scored 97 goals in 137 Bundesliga games for Werder Bremen from 1982 to 1987. Among his teammates back then: Thomas Schaaf.

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VfL Wolfsburg - Borussia Monchengladbach

  • Wolfsburg have won 14 of their 25 Bundesliga meetings with Monchengladbach (L8, D3).
  • Against no other club in the top flight have Borussia Monchengladbach lost more than 50% of their Bundesliga meetings.
  • Monchengladbach have won 2-0 against Wolfsburg earlier this season. They have never won both meetings against Wolfsburg (within one season).
  • Wolfsburg haven't lost any of their last six games (W2 D4) which is their longest run of this kind in 2012/13. This is their longest run in more than two years (8 unbeaten games in 2010/11).
  • Wolfsburg have won only two of their 15 home games (L6 D7) which makes them the second-worst performing home side this season. Only Furth have gained fewer points from their home games this season (4) than Wolfsburg (13).
  • Borussia Monchengladbach have won only one of their last nine away games (L4 D4 and a 1-0 victory at Frankfurt).
  • Wolfsburg have scored in each of their last eight games. This is their longest run of this kind since November 2011 (9 games).
  • Ivica Olic scored his 50th Bundesliga goal last week against Bremen. The Croatian has scored six goals in his last 7 Bundesliga games and gave one assist.
  • Maximilian Arnold scored a goal in the 13th minute against both Bremen and against Hoffenheim. He has appeared in only six Bundesliga games and started in three. He managed to score his two goals from only four shots.
  • Dieter Hecking began his career as a professional player in 1983 with Borussia Monchengladbach (6 Bundesliga appearances, no goal).
  • Mike Hanke appeared in 53 Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg from 2005 to 2007 (16 goals).
  • Filip Daems scored a penalty last week. The defender hasn't missed any of his eleven penalties in the Bundesliga. No Monchengladbach player has ever had such a run from the spot.

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1899 Hoffenheim - 1. FC Nurnberg

  • Nurnberg have won their last two games against Hoffenheim.
  • Eleven goals have been scored in the last two meetings between Hoffenheim and Nurnberg - that's as many as in the previous six competitive meetings combined.
  • Nurnberg have won only one of their last 13 Bundesliga games on the road (L7, D5 and a 2-1 victory at Augsburg).
  • Hoffenheim have won only one of their last ten Bundesliga matches against teams from Bavaria (L6, D3 and a 3-0 victory at Furth on matchday 25).
  • Hoffenheim lost their last four games in the first half of the season. Another four losses against these teams in the remaining four games would result in Hoffenheim's relegation.
  • No side has conceded more goals this season than Hoffenheim (59, like Werder Bremen).
  • Nurnberg have lost their last two games. They haven't lost three consecutive matches since October 2012 (L4).
  • Hoffenheim have kept a clean sheet in their last two home games (0-0 against Mainz and 3-0 against Dusseldorf). They haven't conceded a goal at home in 232 minutes (the last player to score against them in Hoffenheim was Bayern's Mario Gomez on March 3).
  • The last team who avoided relegation following a record of 24 points after their opening 30 games (like Hoffenheim currently) was Monchengladbach in 2008/09 (finished 15th).
  • Markus Feulner and Alexander Esswein have both been waiting for their 50th Bundesliga appearance for Nurnberg (currently 49 each). Feulner has appeared in 132 games in the top flight (10 goals), Esswein in 57 (6 goals).
  • Hoffenheim midfielder Eugen Polanski will miss the game after picking up a red card at Leverkusen.
  • Nurnberg's Per Nilsson who played for Hoffenheim from 2007 - 2010 will miss the game due to the reaching five yellow cards.

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FC Augsburg - VfB Stuttgart

  • Stuttgart have won their last five competitive matches against Augsburg (W3 in the top flight and W2 in the second division in 1976/77).
  • Stuttgart haven't lost any of their last four competitive games and have won their last three (W3, D1). These victories all came at home.
  • Stuttgart have lost only one of their last four Bundesliga away matches (W2, D1 and a 1-2 loss at Leverkusen on matchday 24).
  • Augsburg have lost three of their last four matches (L3, D0 and a 2-0 victory against Frankfurt on matchday 29).
  • Augsburg haven't drawn any of their last nine games (W4, L5).
  • Augsburg have won 18 points in 2013, that's nine more than in the complete first half of the season (9 points). Stuttgart have won 14 points in 2013.
  • Only Furth have scored fewer goals (20) than Augsburg (27), only Furth have a lower shot conversion rate (8.3%) than Augsburg (8.9%).
  • Augsburg's top goal scorer Sascha Mölders (9 goals) is waiting for his 50th Bundesliga game for Augsburg (currently 49 games).
  • Sascha Mölders hasn't scored in 555 minutes. His last goal came on February 23rd against Hoffenheim (2-1).
  • Ibrahima Traore moved from Augsburg to Stuttgart in summer 2011 (after having been promoted to the top flight with Augsburg). He made 45 appearances for them in the second division from 2009 - 2011 (8 goals).
  • Stuttgart have won four of the six competitive games in which Arthur Boka has played in his "foreign" position as a central defensive midfielder.

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Fortuna Dusseldorf - Borussia Dortmund

  • Dusseldorf have won only one of their last 13 Bundesliga meetings against Dortmund (L7, D5 and a 2-0 home victory in 1997).
  • Dortmund will end the season as second or third in the table, which means that they have directly qualified for the Champions League.
  • Never before have Dortmund scored as many as 74 goals in their opening 30 games. Never have they scored more than 80 goals in an entire campaign (80 goals in 2011/12).
  • Dusseldorf haven't won any of their last eight games (L5, D3). Their last victory came against Furth on matchday 22 (1-0). This is their longest run without victory in 2012/13.
  • Dortmund have scored in each of their last 19 Bundesliga games on the road, a new club record. The last side who scored in 19 consecutive away games in the Bundesliga was Bochum in 2004.
  • Dortmund haven't lost any of their last nine top matches (i.e. game on Saturday at 18:30; W6, D3). Their last defeat in a top match came two years ago at Monchengladbach (0-1).
  • Dusseldorf's advantage over position 16 (relegation play-offs) has shrunk from eleven points (matchday 22) to only three points.
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored in each of his last twelve Bundesliga appearances. Only Gerd Müller has scored in more consecutive Bundesliga games (16 consecutive matches for Bayern Munich in 1969/70).
  • Dortmund's Marco Reus scored eight of his twelve Bundesliga goals this season in the opening 15 minutes. No other side in the top flight has scored more than seven times in the opening 15 minutes (Dortmund 15 goals in this period).
  • Dusseldorf defender Stelios Malezas has the best duel success rate among all players in the top flight (73.2%). He has conceded as few as eleven fouls in his 18 appearances.

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1. FSV Mainz 05 - Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Mainz have won their last two Bundesliga meetings with Frankfurt (3-1 and 3-0). The first of these two victories ended a run of seven BL encounters without victory for Mainz (L2, D5).
  • Frankfurt haven't won any of their eight games at Mainz in the Bundesliga or in the second division (L2, D6). Against no other side have they played as many away games without a victory.
  • Mainz have won only one of their last eleven Bundesliga games (L4, D6 and a 1-0 victory against Leverkusen on matchday 25).
  • Mainz have lost their last three games. They have not lost more than three in a row under coach Thomas Tuchel.
  • No side has gained fewer points from their last five games than Mainz (2 points, like Dusseldorf). No side has won fewer games in 2013 than Mainz (W2, like three other clubs).
  • Only Furth have scored fewer goals in 2013 (9) than Frankfurt (10) and Mainz (12, like three other teams).
  • Frankfurt have won only one of their last five games on the road (W2, D2 and a 3-2 victory at Furth). They failed to score in four of these five games.
  • Frankfurt have scored only five goals in their last ten games - fewer than any other side in this period.
  • Frankfurt's Carlos Zambrano will miss the game due to previously picking up his 10th yellow. They haven't won a game without Zambrano this season; the defender has been on the pitch in each of Frankfurt's 13 victories.
  • Frankfurt's opponents have failed to score a penalty against Oka Nikolov in each of the last three games (one penalty taken in each of these games).

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FC Schalke 04 - Hamburger SV

  • Hamburg have lost only one of their last eight Bundesliga games at Schalke (W5, D2 and a 1-3 in their last trip to Schalke in 2011/12). No side has collected more points at Schalke during this period (17 points, like Bayern Munich).
  • Both sides secured their moat recent league title in a match against the other: Schalke in the final in 1958 (3-0), Hamburg on matchday 34 in 1983 (2-1 at Schalke).
  • Hamburg can overtake Schalke with a victory. They have a deficit of only two points on position 4 (Champions League qualification, currently Schalke) despite being in eighth place.
  • Schalke have lost only one of their last twelve Bundesliga games on a Sunday (W7, D4 and a 0-2 at Bayern in February 2012).
  • Schalke haven't lost any of their last four home games (W3, D1). However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine of their last ten home games.
  • No other side among the top nine in the table have conceded as many goals as Schalke and Hamburg (46 each).
  • One or more of Rafael van der Vaart (5 goals, 8 assists), Artjoms Rudnevs (11 goals, 4 assists) or Heung-Min Son (11 goals, 1 assist) has been directly involved in 33 of Hamburgs 36 goals this season.
  • Rafael van der Vaart has been involved in three goals (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last two games since being named as Hamburg's new captain. Last week he scored his first Bundesliga brace in more than six years as well as his first ever BL header (2-1 victory against Dusseldorf).
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could make his comeback against Hamburg. The striker has scored four goals in his last three games against Hamburg.
  • Schalke's Marco Höger will miss the game due to previously picking up his 5th yellow. This goes for Hamburg's Dennis Diekmeier as well. In 2012/13, Schalke have won on average 2.0 points per game with Höger on the pitch and only 0.8 without him.
  • Maximilian Beister will miss the game due to a red card last time out.

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