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Stuart Dalgleish 27th Nov 2013 - 21:25

Bundesliga Opta Facts - 29 November - 1 December

VfL Wolfsburg- Hamburger SV


  • There have been plenty of draws in the 32 Bundesliga meetings between Wolfsburg and Hamburg (12, 38%); however, none of the encounters have ever ended goalless - three of the last four meetings have ended 1-1.
  • Of the current Bundesliga sides, HSV only have a worse points-average against Bayern (0.8 points per game) than they do against VfL (1.2, only including sides they have played at least 5 times).
  • Wolfsburg have won five of their last six Bundesliga home games and have lost just one of the last 11 (W6 D4). They have failed to score in just one of those 11 games - the 2-0 derby defeat to Braunschweig on matchday 8.
  • There have been 59 goals in games involving HSV this season - more than with any other club in the league; an average of 4.5 goals per game.
  • Wolfsburg's last three Bundesliga goals have all come from outside the penalty area. The Wolves have scored from outside the box five times already this season, with only opponents Hamburg grabbing more goals from distance (6).
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga has scored eight goals in nine Bundesliga games for HSV. The striker has needed just 79 minutes per goal; something never before achieved by a HSV player in the top flight.
  • Seven of Lasogga's eight goals this season have come away from home, meaning he has scored as many away goals as Hannover (3) and Augsburg (4) put together.
  • After 13 Bundesliga appearances (2 goals) for Wolfsburg, Petr Jiracek moved to HSV in the summer of 2012. Ivica Olic was at Hamburg between 2007 and 2009. The fan favourite recorded 29 goals in 78 Bundesliga games for HSV.
  • Wolfsburg's Maximilian Arnold put his side ahead in the 1-1 draw with Nürnberg and has now scored four times in his last five Bundesliga matches. He has already scored seven times in just 15 Bundesliga games, averaging a goal every 129 minutes.
  • Hamburg's Maximilian Beister has also scored four goals in his last five Bundesliga matches and has also provided two assists. So far this season, he has scored five times in 13 league games -two more than he managed in the whole of last season.


Bayern München- Eintracht Braunschweig


  • Braunschweig have never won away from home against FC Bayern in the Bundesliga; recording four draws and 14 defeats in 18 meetings.
  • FCB have won their last five competitive meetings with Braunschweig and have kept a clean sheet in the last four.
  • The last meeting between the two sides was in the first round of the 2011/12 German Cup. Bayern won the game 3-0 with goals from Gomez, Schweinsteiger and Müller.
  • The last time Bayern lost a game against a side sitting bottom of the table was over five years ago; Energie Cottbus recorded a 2-0 home win over them on matchday 24 of the 2007/08 season.
  • FCB have scored in each of their last 50 top-flight games, adding to their Bundesliga record.
  • Bayern have won all 15 of their Bundesliga home games in 2013 and, like in 1972 and 2005, could get through the year with a flawless home record in the Bundesliga should they win in their two remaining fixtures (Braunschweig and Hamburg).
  • Bundesliga games involving Braunschweig have produced the fewest goals this season (32).
  • Never before had a Bundesliga side collected 35 points from their first 13 games (partially converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • If FCB avoid defeat against Braunschweig, Guardiola would equal the record set by Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, who remained unbeaten in his first 14 Bundesliga games as 1. FC Kaiserslautern manager in the 1978/79 season.
  • The best defence in the league (Bayern: 7 goals conceded) meets the worst attack (Braunschweig: 8 goals scored).
  • Thiago celebrated his comeback in Dortmund after three months out injured. The Spaniard was involved in a goal for the first time in Bayern colours (assist for FCB's second).


Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 1. FC Nürnberg


  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen have won each of their last three Bundesliga meetings with Nürnberg while conceding just one goal.
  • Leverkusen have lost just one of their last 13 Bundesliga matches against sides from Bavaria (W10 D2) - a 2-1 defeat to FC Bayern in March 2013.
  • Bayer 04 haven't lost any of their last 11 Bundesliga home games (W9 D2) - the last time they went on a similar run was between April 2012 and January 2013 (12 games).
  • 1. FC Nürnberg are the only team in Europe's top five leagues without a win (D8 L5). FCN have never had fewer points after 13 matchdays before.
  • Three teams have also suffered a run of 13 games without a win at the start of a Bundesliga season. Only 1. FC Köln (1991/92 - although there were 38 matchdays back then) managed to avoid relegation.
  • Pep Guardiola (35 points) is the only manager to have had a better start to their Bundesliga career than Sami Hyypiä (31 points).
  • The only time Bayer 04 have had more points after 13 games was in the 2001/02 season (33). That season ended with them as runners-up in the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League.
  • Stefan Kießling was an FCN player between 2002 and 2005 and scored 13 times in 59 Bundesliga games. He has scored five times in his last three matches against his former club.
  • Philipp Wollscheid joined Leverkusen from Nürnberg in the summer of 2012. He played 52 Bundesliga games for FCN and scored five goals.
  • Bayer 04 will most likely be without joint-top Bundesliga points-scorer (goals + assists) Sidney Sam because of a muscle tear (7 goals, 5 assists).
  • Together, Kießling (8) and Sam (7) have scored two goals more this season than the whole of the FCN squad (13).


1899 Hoffenheim - Werder Bremen


  • Hoffenheim have won just one of their 11 competitive meetings with Bremen (D3 L7); a 4-1 Bundesliga home win on August 21st 2010.
  • Along with that win, there has also been one draw and three defeats at home for TSG against Bremen. The last two matches in Sinsheim have been won by Werder (4-1 in December 2012, 2-1 in August 2011).
  • It's the first time since February/March 2013 that TSG have lost three games in a row. 14th is their worst position in the table so far this season.
  • Werder have lost three of their last four Bundesliga matches and have celebrated just one win in their last seven games (D3 L3) - a 3-2 victory against Hannover on matchday 11.
  • TSG have lost their last three Bundesliga home games. Their only longer run was at the end of the first half of the 2012/13 season (4 successive home defeats). Markus Babbel was relieved of his duties after the third home defeat (4-1 to Bremen).
  • Since a 3-0 home win against Düsseldorf in April 2013 in Gisdol's first game as TSG manager, Hoffenheim have conceded at least one goal in 19 consecutive top-flight matches. It's the longest run without a clean sheet in Hoffenheim's Bundesliga history.
  • With 30 goals conceded, Hoffenheim have the worst defence in the league together with HSV. TSG have also conceded 16 goals in their seven home games - a league high.
  • Dutt's side have conceded 11 goals in their last four league matches (an average of 2.8 goals per game) - they had only conceded 12 goals in the nine matches before then (an average of 1.3 per game).
  • 10 of the 23 goals that Bremen have conceded have come from crosses (43%) - both the highest amount and the highest percentage in the league. Two of the three goals they conceded against Mainz on matchday 13 also came from crosses.
  • Franco Di Santo grabbed both his first Bundesliga goal and assist in the 3-2 loss to Mainz. The Argentine will hope he can add more goals, with Bremen's tally of 15 goals their worst since scoring just 14 in 13 games in the 1997/98 season.


1.FSV Mainz 05 - Borussia Dortmund


  • This is the 15th Bundesliga meeting between Mainz and Dortmund - FSV haven't won any of the last six encounters (D1 L5), with the last four matches against BVB all ending in defeat.
  • Tuchel's side have won three of their last four games and moved up to seventh place in the league table after their 3-2 win in Bremen.
  • BVB have lost their last two Bundesliga matches - they now trail FC Bayern by seven points following their 3-0 loss to the record champions and even dropped behind Leverkusen in the table.
  • Shinji Okazaki scored his second brace this season on the last matchday in Bremen (his 4th and 5th goal of the campaign) - the Japan international never scored two goals in one Bundesliga game for his former club VfB Stuttgart.
  • Manuel Friedrich played at Mainz between 2004 and 2007, scoring four times in 99 Bundesliga matches. He earned promotion with them in 2004 and helped them secure two 11th-placed finishes, before being relegated back to the second division in 2007. He then left for Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Marco Reus has scored six goals in his eight Bundesliga meetings with Mainz (the same as against Bremen and Wolfsburg) - against no other club has he scored more Bundesliga goals.
  • Thomas Tuchel is set for his 150th Bundesliga game as a manager (his current record with Mainz is 55 wins, 40 draws and 54 defeats).
  • Tuchel won the German youth league with Mainz in 2009 - his team beat Dortmund 2-1 in the final.
  • Jürgen Klopp only featured for Mainz during his professional playing career. His first post as a manager was also at FSV. He was in charge there between February 2001 and June 2008 and led Mainz to their first ever Bundesliga promotion in 2004.
  • The current BVB manager has faced his former club eight times and has lost just once (W5 D2). His first trip to Mainz as Dortmund manager ended in a 1-0 defeat on April 10th 2010 thanks to Adam Szalai's goal.


Hertha BSC - FC Augsburg


  • Hertha Berlin and FC Augsburg have met just twice before in the Bundesliga - in the 2011/12 season. The game in Berlin ended 2-2, while FCA won 3-0 at home.
  • They also met in the 2010/11 campaign in the second division. There was a 1-1 draw in Augsburg, before Hertha won 2-1 at home in the second half of the season. There has yet to be an away win in the four competitive meetings between the two sides.
  • After four wins in their first five home games (1 defeat), Berlin have lost their last two home fixtures without scoring a goal (1-0 to Leverkusen, 2-0 to Schalke). Hertha have never lost three top-flight home games in a row without scoring.
  • FCA have lost their last four Bundesliga away games and would equal their club record (April-August 2013) with another defeat. Each of those four matches has seen Augsburg concede at least twice - also a club record in the top flight.
  • Augsburg's current tally of 16 points is already more than they picked up in the whole of the first half of each of their two previous Bundesliga campaigns.
  • Both teams have already conceded 10 goals from set-pieces, only Hoffenheim have conceded more (13). Hertha have conceded the largest share of their goals from set-pieces (59%). Six of the last seven goals that FCA have conceded have come from dead-ball situations.
  • FC Augsburg have dropped 14 points from winning positions (D1 L4) - a league-high.
  • Levan Kobiashvili could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance for Hertha. He has played a total of 338 games in Germany's top flight, with Claudio Pizarro (355) the only foreign player to have made more Bundesliga appearances than him.
  • Hertha manager Jos Luhukay was promoted to the Bundesliga with FC Augsburg in 2011. Current Berlin players Marcel Ndjeng and Hajime Hosogai were also in that FCA side that won promotion.


FC Schalke 04 - VfB Stuttgart


  • Against no other side have Stuttgart won more often in the Bundesliga than they have against Schalke (41 times). S04 have only lost more top-flight games against Bayern (44).
  • Stuttgart have won four of their last five matches against Schalke (1 defeat).
  • With 26 goals conceded after 13 games, Schalke have their worst defence for 20 years. They also conceded 26 goals after 13 games in 1993/94 and ended the campaign in 14th.
  • Stuttgart have scored the most goals from corners (5) this season whilst Schalke have recorded three goals from such a situation (joint-second)
  • VfB have scored seven goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches - a league high. Schalke have scored the most goals in the closing quarter of an hour (8). Four of Schalke's last seven goals in the Bundesliga have come from the 85th minute onwards.
  • Stuttgart's tally of seven headed goals is a league-best. Schalke have already conceded seven goals from headers; a league-high together with 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Vedad Ibisevic scored all five of Stuttgart's goals in the 3-1 home win and the 2-1 away wins against Schalke last season. Against no other club has he scored more Bundesliga goals than he has against the Royal Blues (7).
  • Thomas Schneider collected 10 points from his first four games as Stuttgart manager (W3 D1) and also kept two clean sheets. Just one win has followed in the six games since then (D3 L2), a 3-1 victory over Freiburg on November 10th.
  • Jens Keller was the Stuttgart manager from October to December 2010. He was also a youth player there, before going on to make 49 Bundesliga appearances for VfB (1 goal). He was in the 1992 title-winning side together with Thomas Schneider, although Keller didn't make an appearance that season.
  • Schalke chairman Horst Heldt was the sporting director at VfB from 2006 to 2010 and celebrated winning the league title with them in 2007. He also made 54 Bundesliga appearances (3 goals) for Stuttgart between 2003 and 2005.



Hannover 96 - Eintracht Frankfurt



  • Hannover have lost just one of their last 15 home games against Frankfurt (W8 D6) and are unbeaten in their last nine home matches against Eintracht (W5 D4).
  • Hannover haven't won any of their last seven league games, while Frankfurt are without a win in eight Bundesliga fixtures. Only Nürnberg have been waiting longer for three points in the league (13 games).
  • With just 11 points, Frankfurt are having their worst season for 10 years (only 8 points after 13 games in 2003/04). Hannover's tally of 14 points is their worst under Mirko Slomka.
  • Only Werder Bremen (11) have conceded more goals in the last four games than Frankfurt and Hannover (both 10, the same as Stuttgart).
  • Frankfurt have already conceded seven goals in the last 10 minutes of games, a league-high. If Bundesliga matches ended after 80 minutes, Eintracht would have 21 points instead of their current total of 11 and would be in sixth place (currently 15th).
  • Hannover are the only team in the Bundesliga yet to collect a point away from home. Frankfurt have claimed 73% (8 of 11) of their points on the road, the highest percentage in the league together with Freiburg.
  • Hannover have the worst disciplinary record in the league. No other side has committed more fouls (265), picked up more yellow cards (35) or had more players sent off (4, the same as Freiburg and Wolfsburg).
  • Only once before has Armin Veh been without a win in more successive games as a Bundesliga manager (9 matches between September and November 2002) than he has at the moment (8). Mirko Slomka's only longer winless streak before now (7 games) came between October 2011 and January 2012 (8 games).
  • Tranquillo Barnetta (2004/05), Jan Rosenthal (2000-2010) and Constant Djakpa (2009-2011) have all worn Hannover colours in the Bundesliga before.
  • Joselu scored his first goals for Eintracht on matchday 13. He was also involved in nine shots in one game for the first time in the Bundesliga.


Borussia Mönchengladbach - Sport-Club Freiburg


  • Max Kruse scored a brace in the last meeting between these two sides but back then, he helped his former SC Freiburg side secure a 2-0 win.
  • SCF are unbeaten in four Bundesliga matches against Gladbach (W2 D2) and have also lost just one of the last nine competitive meetings between the two sides (W5 D3).
  • Freiburg have won just once in 12 Bundesliga trips to Gladbach (D6 L5).
  • Since losing 1-0 in Berlin on matchday 9, Gladbach have gone on to win four games in a now, something only otherwise done by FC Bayern this season. The last time Borussia won four consecutive games was in the autumn of 2011, with their last five-game winning streak back in the autumn of 1995 - 18 years ago.
  • Gladbach have won their first six home games in the Bundesliga this season, something they have only done once before (1987/88). Back then, they first failed to claim all three points in their seventh home fixture (2-1 loss to Bremen) - a win would mean a new club record.
  • Freiburg haven't conceded in their last three Bundesliga away games, matching their club record set in the 2000/01 season.
  • Borussia have collected 25 points from their first 13 matches. That's just one point less than they had at this stage two seasons ago, when they ended the campaign in fourth place.
  • Two of the top three regular goalkeepers will meet in this fixture in the form of Gladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen (75.4% of shots saves) and Freiburg's Oliver Baumann (74.7%). Only Bayern's Manuel Neuer (80%) has saved a higher percentage of shots.
  • The last nine Freiburg goals have all been scored by new signings. The most recent one was Gelson Fernandes' winner against Braunschweig.
  • Freiburg's Matthias Ginter could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance in the game against Gladbach. His teammate Mike Hanke moved from Borussia to SCF in the summer, having made 77 Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach (13 goals, 10 assists).




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