Bundesliga Opta Facts - 30 March - 1 April
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Borussia Dortmund - VfB Stuttgart
- Only against Schalke (39) have Stuttgart won more games in the Bundesliga than they have managed against Dortmund (38).
- The Swabians have enjoyed 12 wins in their 43 BL visits to Dortmund, only against Gladabch have VfB won more away games in the German top flight (13).
- Only against Bremen (39) have Borussia Dortmund lost more BL games than against Stuttgart (38).
- Borussia Dortmund have now gone 21 league games without defeat (W17, D4), the club‘s longest-ever unbeaten run in the Bundesliga.
- Jürgen Klopp's men have taken 28 out of the 30 points available since the turn of the year - no other side in the Bundesliga has picked up more than 20 points in 2012.
- Dortmund and Stuttgart have both picked up 13 points from their last five BL games, more than any other side in the Bundesliga during that period.
- Stuttgart have only conceded two goals in total in their last five league games.
- This game will feature three of the six players with the most goal involvements (goals + assists) in 2012. Dortmund midfielders Shinji Kagawa and Jakub Blaszczykowski and VfB striker Martin Harnik have all been directly involved in nine goals since the turn of the year. Only Gladbach's Reus and Schalke's Huntelaar have had a hand in more goals this year (10 each).
- BVB midfielder Sven Bender has averaged more points per game (2.28) than any other player in BL history with at least 50 top-flight appearances. His teammate Robert Lewandowski is a close second in that ranking with an average of 2.23 points won per game.
- Dortmund's Polish internationals Robert Lewandowski (17 goals, six assists), Jakub Blaszczykowski (three goals, eight assists) and Lukasz Piszczek (three goals, seven assists) have been directly involved in 39 of Borussia's 59 (66%) league goals this term.
1. FC Nürnberg - FC Bayern München
- Bayern are unbeaten against Nürnberg in eight games in all competitions (W5, D3).
- However, Bayern's last away win at Nürnberg came over six years ago, when the Munich giants beat FCN 2-1 on the road in September 2005. They have won none of their last four visits to the Easycredit-Stadion since then (D3, L1). Against no other current BL side have FCB gone that long without an away win.
- The last time Bayern had netted as many goals after 27 games in a BL season as they have in this campaign (66) was back in 1987-88 when they had scored two more goals (68) and accrued the same number of points (57, adjusted to three-points rule).
- Only once in their BL history have the Munich-based side conceded fewer goals 27 games into the season than they have this term (18, same as 2002-03): In 2007-08 they had only shipped 21 goals at the same point of the campaign and ended up setting a new BL record for the fewest goals conceded in a single season (21).
- Nürnberg have lost their last three games on the trot and have seen their cushion over the teams in the relegation zone shrink from nine to four points during that period.
- Bayern have won their last three league games on the bounce, scoring a total of 15 goals in the process.
- Only league-leaders Dortmund (17) have conceded fewer goals than Bayern (18, same as Gladbach).
- This game will see the team with the most goals (Bayern, 66) take on the team with the second-fewest goals scored (Nürnberg, 25).
- FCN gaffer Dieter Hecking made his BL debut as a player under the tutelage of current Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes who subbed him on in a 2-0 defeat for Gladbach against Düsseldorf in November 1984, when he was with Gladbach.
- Thomas Müller could feature in his 100th top-flight game, while his teammate Philipp Lahm is set to make his 200th BL appearance for Bayern Munich.
1. FC Kaiserslautern - Hamburger SV
- Lautern have won none of their last 17 league games (D9, L8), their longest-ever winless run in the Bundesliga and currently the longest run of its kind in the top flight.
- HSV have gone six games without a full three-point haul (D1, L5) - only upcoming opponents Lautern are currently without a win for longer.
- The Red Devils‘ last win over Hamburg came over seven years ago when FCK beat the Redshorts 2-1 on home soil in September 2004. Since that win, Lautern have lost four and drawn two of their six BL meetings with HSV.
- Lautern have only registered three wins in 27 games so far this term. No team with fewer than four victories at this point of the season has ever managed to retain its top-flight status.
- Additionally, the Red Devils are already seven points adrift of safety. No team more than six points away from safety after 27 BL games has ever managed to stay up.
- FCK have gone eight BL home games (D4, L4) without a win, a first in the club's history.
- Last week's 2-0 defeat at Freiburg was the 14th league game in which the Red Devils failed to score this term - only three teams have failed to score in more games after 27 fixtures in a BL season.
- Hamburg have registered their worst ever record after 27 games of a BL season this term. They have picked up fewer points (27) and have a worse goal difference (-19) than ever before at this point of the season.
- 27 games into the season, Lautern have only picked up 20 points and three wins, fewer than ever before at this point of a BL season.
- Although Hamburg have lost their last two league games on the road (1-3 at Schalke, 1-2 at Wolfsburg), the Redshorts have won a league-high 59% of their points away from home this term.
SV Werder Bremen - 1. FSV Mainz 05
- Werder have only lost one of their last 10 league meetings with Mainz (W7, D2) with that defeat coming in the corresponding fixture last season..
- Only against Bayern (31) have Mainz conceded more goals in the Bundesliga than against Bremen (24). Against no team have FSV lost more BL games than against Werder (seven).
- Mainz have dropped by far the most points from winning positions this season (25) and have already lost five games in which they held the lead.
- Thomas Tuchel's side is the only team to find the back of the net in all 10 BL games in 2012. The last game in which FSV failed to score was their 1-0 defeat at Gladbach shortly before Christmas.
- Werder's 3-0 win over Hannover three weeks ago was their first win in five games at the Weserstadion since the turn of the year. In the first half of the season, Thomas Schaaf's men had won seven of their eight BL games on home soil.
- Mainz‘ only away win this campaign came on the second day of the season when they won 2-1 at Freiburg. Since that victory at Mage Solar Stadion, FSV have lost five and drawn seven of their 12 league games on the road - their longest winless run away from home in the Bundesliga.
- Mainz have netted a league-high 56% of their goals in the first 45 minutes, while only Augsburg (25%) have scored a lower proportion of their goals before the break than Werder (34%).
- Bremen have already shipped nine goals from corners, a league-high.
- Only Bayern (13) have scored more goals in the opening quarter-hour than Mainz (11). Werder, on the other hand, have only netted one goal in the first 15 minutes, fewer than any other team in the league.
- Werder's Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro has been directly involved (scored or assisted) in 23 of Bremen's 41 league goals (56%).
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - SC Freiburg
- SCF have lost six and won none of the last seven BL games against Leverkusen. Freiburg's last win over Bayer came over eight years ago when they beat B04 1-0 at home in April 2004.
- Freiburg's last away win at Leverkusen dates back even further: in April 2001, SCF won 3-1 at the BayArena. Since that win, Freiburg have lost four and drawn one of their five BL games away at Leverkusen.
- Bayer have lost their last three league games on the trot, something that last happened to them in April 2010.
- Christian Streich's men have picked up 10 points from their last four games and now sit in 14th place, their best league position since the end of August.
- Leverkusen lost 2-0 away at Schalke last weekend and have only taken five points from their eight clashes with the top-four teams.
- Only Bayern (10) have scored more goals from set-piece situations than both Leverkusen and Freiburg (eight each) in 2012.
- Freiburg have shipped nine goals from corners, a divisional high. Bayer, on the other hand, have scored nine goals from corners with only Schalke netting more that way (10).
- SCF have only conceded two goals in their last four league games and have already kept four clean sheets in 10 games in 2012. They had only managed to shut out their opponents on two occasions in the entire first half of the season.
- Karim Guede, who opened the scoring for SCF in a 2-0 win over Lautern last weekend, became the 15th different Freiburg player to get his name on the score sheet this season. No other team in the league has had that many different goal scorers this term.
- Bayer striker Stefan Kießling has netted five goals in his last six league appearances.
FC Augsburg - 1. FC Köln
- This season's reverse fixture was the first BL meeting between the two teams and saw Köln beat FCA 3-0 at home.
- Between 2006 and 2008, both sides met four times in Bundesliga 2, with Köln winning three and losing none of these four duels.
- Augsburg are unbeaten in five games (W2, D3), conceding only four goals in the process. This is Augsburg's longest-ever unbeaten run in their still short BL history.
- This game will see the team with the third-fewest goals scored (28, Augsburg) take on the team with the worst defensive record in the league (Köln, 56 goals conceded). The Billygoats have shipped 10 in their last two games.
- Augsburg have only lost two games since the turn of the year - only reigning champions Dortmund (none) have suffered fewer defeats during that period.
- Köln have attempted the fewest (on average 8.9 per game) and conceded the most shots (on average 16.3 per game) in the Bundesliga so far this term.
- Augsburg (43%) and Köln (44%) are the two teams with lowest average possession figures this season.
- Köln currently stand at 499 defeats in the Bundesliga and could concede their 500th at Augsburg.
- The Billygoats have failed to score more than one goal in any of their last 12 BL games - the last game in which they netted more than one was a 4-0 win at Freiburg back in December.
- FCA winger Axel Bellinghausen will rejoin his former club Fortuna Düsseldorf this summer.
Hertha BSC - VfL Wolfsburg
- After the first half of the season, Hertha and Wolfsburg had amassed the same number of points (20). Since the turn of the year the Wolves have picked nearly three times as many points as the Berlin-based side (17 as opposed to six).
- Wolfsburg have only enjoyed one win in their last 14 BL encounters with Hertha (D5, L8).
- The Wolves have only won one of their 13 BL outings at the Olympiastadion (D4, L8).
- Freiburg (1.93) are the only current BL side against whom Hertha have, on average, picked up more points per game than against Wolfsburg (1.70). At home Hertha even boast a points-per-game average of 2.15 against Wolves, a better yield than against any other current top-flight side.
- The Wolves are unbeaten in four games and have won their last three on the trot - their longest run without defeat since January 2011 when they went eight games unbeaten.
- Otto Rehhagel's men have only enjoyed one win in their last nine league games on home soil (D2, L6).
- Hertha have only netted a total of three goals in their last six BL games at the Olympiastadion and have failed to score more than once in any of those matches.
- VfL have only won one of their last 12 league games on the road (D2, L9) and are bottom of the away table having only picked up eight points away from the VW Arena this term.
- Hertha scored more goals in their 3-1 win at Mainz last weekend than in their previous nine league games in 2012 combined (two).
- Mario Mandzukic, who is only one goal away from netting for the 50th time in the German top flight, has scored his team's first goal in each of their last two BL outings. The Croatian international has already scored six headed goals this campaign, a joint-league high along with Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Hannover 96 - Borussia Mönchengladbach
- After their 2-1 win over Hannover in this season's reverse fixture, Gladbach leapfrogged 96 in the table and now have a 13-point cushion over the Reds.
- Hannover are the only side in the league still unbeaten at home (W7, D6). They suffered their last home defeat in April when they lost 1-0 to Gladbach in the corresponding fixture last season.
- Following their 2-1 defeat at Munich last week, Hannover have dropped out of the top seven for the first time this season. If they fail to claim one of the first seven spots at the end of the campaign they would have to win the Europa League to play in Europe next season.
- Gladbach and Hannover are the only two teams in the league who haven't lost two games in a row this term. Both sides did lose their respective matches last weekend, however.
- Marco Reus has netted the Foals‘ last three league goals against Hannover. Additionally, the German international has been involved in 10 goals since the turn of the year (five goals, five assists) - a yield that only Schalke's Huntelaar can match.
- Winter signing Mame Diouf has been directly involved in at least one goal in eight of his 10 matches for Hannover in all competitions. The former Manchester United player has, in total, already registered six goals and three assists for his new club.
- Jan Schlaudraff, who has netted more goals against Gladbach (four) than against any other team in the German top flight, signed his first professional contract with Borussia in 2002 and made a total 10 BL appearances for the Foals.
- Mirko Slomka has, on average, won 1.48 points per game with Hannover in the Bundesliga, more than any previous Reds manager.
- Lucien Favre currently has a points-per-game average of 1.82 with Gladbach in the German top flight - the best average ever posted by a Foals boss in the Bundesliga.
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen has saved a league-high 82.4% of the shots on target he has faced and has conceded less than half as many goals (18) as his 96 counterpart Ron-Robert Zieler (38).
1899 Hoffenheim - FC Schalke 04
- Hoffenheim have lost none of their three BL home games against Schalke (W1, D2). The Royal Blues won this season's reverse fixture against 1899, however (3-1).
- TSG have won none of their last eight games at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, after a run of seven straight home draws, they were beaten 2-1 by Stuttgart in their last game on home soil. This is club's longest-ever winless run in front of their home crowd in the German top flight.
- Schalke have lost three of their last four on the road, but celebrated an emphatic win in their last away game when they beat Kaiserslautern 4-1.
- Hoffenheim have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine league games - no other team in the league has currently gone that long without a shut-out. However, 1899 have also netted at least once in each of these nine games, currently the second-longest scoring run (Mainz have netted in each of their last 10 league games).
- Both of Schalke's two goals in their 2-0 win over Leverkusen last weekend came from headers. In total the Royal Blues have already netted a league-high 15 headed goals this term.
- Only Bayern (66) have scored more goals than Schalke (60). This means that S04 have nearly scored twice as many as their next opponents Hoffenheim (31).
- S04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has already netted 22 times in the Bundesliga this season, only Bayern's Gomez has scored more often (23 times). The last Schalke player to score 23 goals in an entire season was former Danish international Ebbe Sand in 2000-01. The only Royal Blue ever to net more goals in a single BL season was Klaus Fischer who posted 24 goals in 1975-76 and 29 goals in 1976-77.
- Full-back Chrisitian Fuchs has already registered his seventh assist of the season (against Leverkusen last weekend). The only other defender to provide as many assists this term is Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek.
- S04 goal-keeper Timo Hildebrand plied his trade with Hoffenheim between January 2009 and the summer of 2010, making 38 BL appearances for 1899 in the process. His teammate Chinedu Obasi joined Schalke on loan from Hoffenheim during the winter break.
- Isaac Vorsah scored for Hoffenheim in both meetings with Schalke last season and helped his team to win both encounters with the Royal Blues (2-0, 1-0). The Ghanaian international has so far only netted three goals in 91 BL appearances, although two of those three goals came against Schalke.