Bundesliga Opta Facts - 5-7 December
Borussia Dortmund v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
- The head-to-head record between the two sides in the BL is even (both W4, D4, 17-17 goal record). There have been 20 goals in the last five meetings between these two sides, an average of four per game.
- The only time Dortmund have had fewer points after 13 games than this season (11) was in 1985/86 (10). It's also the first time since matchday 13 of the 1985/86 campaign that BVB have been 18th so late on in the season.
- Dortmund have already suffered as many defeats this season (eight, a league-high) as they did in their title-winning seasons of 2010/11 (5) and 2011/12 (3) combined. They're just one loss short of equalling the most defeats suffered in an entire BL campaign under Klopp (2009/10).
- BVB have lost seven of their last 10 BL games, with their 1-0 win over Gladbach in their most recent home fixture their only victory in that timeframe (two draws).
- The only seasons in which Dortmund have had fewer points after six BL home games than they currently have (seven) are 1984/85, 1988/89 and 2004/05 (six in each, (using the 3-points-per-win system).
- For the first time since the end of 2008, Dortmund have gone two competitive games without scoring. The last time BVB failed to score in three straight competitive matches was in March 2007, before the Klopp era. Borussia have now been waiting 225 minutes for a goal.
- BVB have failed to score in five games this season - the record tally for an entire season under Klopp is six matches without finding the back of the net (2010/11).
- Hoffenheim have won just one of their last 10 BL away games (2-0 in Stuttgart in mid-September), drawing five and losing four.
- TSG have conceded three goals or more in four consecutive BL games for the first time in their club history. They have shipped twice as many goals in that timeframe (14) as they did in their first nine BL matches this season (seven).
- Dortmund have conceded two goals in nine of their 13 BL games this season. BVB have also kept just one clean sheet (the same as Stuttgart) - no side has kept fewer in 14/15.
- Hoffenheim have already shipped five goals after individual errors (two from Baumann against Hannover) - only Dortmund have conceded more from mistakes (7). Matthias Ginter and Roman Weidenfeller were at fault for the goal that wrapped up Frankfurt's 2-0 win.
Borussia Mönchengladbach v Hertha BSC
- Hertha face Gladbach for the 53rd time in the Bundesliga and they have the upper hand in the head-to-head record (W21, D14, L17). Berlin won 1-0 in the first half of the 2013/14 season, but were beaten 3-0 away from home after the winter break.
- The Foals have lost just one of their last eight home meetings with Hertha (W3, D4), with that defeat coming in a 1-0 loss on matchday 5 in 2008/09.
- Gladbach have lost each of their last three BL games, equalling their worst run under Lucien Favre. The only other time that has happened under the Swiss coach was in January/February 2014.
- Berlin have taken just four points from their six BL away games this season (the same as Paderborn, Dortmund and HSV) - only Schalke have picked up fewer points on the road (three).
- Hertha are the worst-tackling side in the Bundesliga (just 46.1% of challenges won) and have also posted the worst passing accuracy in the top flight (67.4%).
- Gladbach haven't won any of their three competitive matches without the injured Martin Stranzl this season (D1, L2). He is also the best tackler in the Bundesliga, with 73.7% of challenges won.
- Berlin's Marcel Ndjeng (nine BL games for Gladbach, 0 goals), Alexander Baumjohann (three in 31), Tolga Cigerci (0 in 14) and Johannes van den Bergh (one in eight) all used to play for Gladbach. Thorben Marx (six in 79) is also a former Hertha player.
- Brothers Ronny and Raffael played together at Hertha between 2010 and 2012, but they parted ways after the capital club's relegation.
- Lucien Favre was Hertha's manager from 2007 to 2009. Since he left, no Berlin coach has been able to match his points average of 1.47 per game in the BL - Jos Luhukay's current average is 1.17 points per game.
- Luhukay took over at Gladbach in the 2006/07 winter break, was then relegated with the Foals but successfully brought them back to the top flight the following season.
Hannover 96 v VfL Wolfsburg
- Hannover have won each of their last five Lower Saxony derbies against Wolfsburg - their only such run against a Bundesliga club.
- Wolfsburg last beat 96 on 19th November 2011, courtesy of a 4-1 home victory.
- Wolfsburg are the only BL side to have made up a seven-point gap to the league leaders at this stage by the end of the campaign: In 2008/09, Leverkusen were nine points clear of VfL, but the Wolves still ended up winning the title.
- Hannover went into the international break at the start of November off the back of three straight wins without conceding. Since then, they have suffered back-to-back defeats, shipping seven goals in the process.
- Wolfsburg have accrued 26 points so far. They have only had more after 13 games once before: 27 in 2004/05, although they ended that campaign in ninth. The Wolves had collected just 19 points at this stage of their 2008/09 title-winning season.
- 96 have lost two of their last three home games (one win), conceding three goals on both occasions (3-0 against Gladbach, 3-1 against Leverkusen). Hannover had recorded four straight home wins prior to that.
- The Wolves' defenders have already scored eight goals between them - a league-high total. Centre-back Robin Knoche netted on the last matchday, bagging the only goal in a 1-0 home win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
- Leonardo Bittencourt is set to play his 50th BL game. The 20-year-old was the match-winner in the last Lower Saxony derby, netting his only BL brace to date in a 3-1 victory - he has failed to score in 28 top-flight games since.
- Tayfun Korkut made a successful debut as 96-manager in the last derby - Hannover won 3-1 in Wolfsburg on matchday 18 of the 2013/14 season.
- Dieter Hecking has lost each of his last seven BL games against his former employers (5-17 goal record) - he has never lost more than five straight matches against any other side as a Bundesliga manager.
1. FC Köln v FC Augsburg
- The only Bundesliga meetings between the two sides came in 2011/12. Both sides won at home.
- The only time Köln have had fewer points after six BL home games than they do at present (five) was in 2009/10 (four). The Billy Goats have never scored fewer than their current tally of three home goals after six matches (the same as in 2009/10).
- FCA are enjoying the best season in their history (21 points, seven wins, 18 goals scored, 13 goals conceded) and are fourth in the Bundesliga for the first time.
- Köln have lost three of their last four competitive games (one win), while Augsburg have won four of their last five BL matches (one defeat).
- Augsburg have won each of their last three BL games - a run they had only previously managed on the last three matchdays in 2013/14. FCA have never recorded four straight wins in the German top-flight.
- Köln (10 points) are the second-best away team behind FC Bayern (12). The Rhineland club have collected just five points at home - only Stuttgart have picked up fewer points on home soil (four).
- Kevin Vogt secured a summer move to 1. FC Köln from FCA, where he made 56 BL appearances. Markus Feulner was relegated from the top-flight with Köln in 2004, but then secured immediate promotion with the Billy Goats.
- Paul Verhaegh scored his fifth penalty of the season last weekend against HSV - in the top five European leagues, only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals from the spot (six).
- Matthias Lehmann scored his third goal of the season in the match against Leverkusen (only Ujah has managed more at Köln: 6). However, he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in that fixture and will be unavailable against Augsburg.
- Timo Horn conceded more than three goals in a game for the first time in his professional career during his side's 5-1 loss in Leverkusen last weekend.
SC Paderborn 07 v Sport-Club Freiburg
- Paderborn and Freiburg face off in a competitive game for the first time since matchday 19 of the 2007/08 second-division campaign. SCP levelled up the head-to-head record back then thanks to a 3-2 win (both W2, D3 from seven meetings).
- Freiburg are still without a win in Paderborn (D3, L1). SCF did win a penalty shootout there, however, in the last 16 of the 2004/05 DFB Cup.
- SCP are without a win in three games and have won just one of their last five BL games (D1, L3) - a 3-1 victory against Hertha on matchday 10. Paderborn are yet to go four matches without a win in their short Bundesliga history.
- 12 of the 16 points that Paderborn have collected this season have come on home soil (75%) - proportionally, the second-highest tally in the league after Schalke (85%). On top of that, SCP have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 competitive home games (the exception being a 0-0 draw with Köln on matchday 3).
- After previously picking up seven points from three BL games, Freiburg were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline against Stuttgart. However, SCF have lost just one of their last six competitive away games (W2, D3) - a 2-0 defeat at FC Augsburg on matchday 9.
- SCF haven't lost any of their last nine BL games against promoted sides (W6, D3). Their last defeat against a promoted team came courtesy of a 2-1 loss in Frankfurt on matchday 6 of the 2012/13 season.
- Paderborn have conceded in each of their last nine top-flight matches - the longest run of its kind in the BL at present. SCP kept a clean sheet in three of their first four league games this season.
- No player has covered as much distance as Vladimir Darida this season (153.4 km). The Czech midfielder is responsible for the four best running performances in individual BL games in 2014/15.
- Christian Günter could make his 50th BL appearance in the game against Paderborn. The left back has been involved in two goals in his last three top-flight matches (one goal and one assist).
- Stefan Mitrovic is suspended for the SCP game after his red card against VfB. Freiburg have had three players sent off this season - a joint league-high together with Leverkusen and Schalke.
VfB Stuttgart v FC Schalke 04
- Against no other side have Stuttgart won as many BL games as they have against Schalke (42), while S04 have only lost more top-flight matches against Bayern (45).
- VfB have won 30 of their 44 BL home games against the Royal Blues (BL record for Stuttgart), losing just four.
- Schalke have been victorious in just one of their last 14 BL away matches against VfB (2-1 in October 2009), losing 10 (three draws).
- Stuttgart have collected just four points from a possible 18 at home in the 2014/15 Bundesliga season; the worst home record in the division.
- Schalke have claimed just three points from a possible 18 on their travels in the 2014/15 Bundesliga campaign, making them the worst away team in the league.
- All three of S04's away games under Di Matteo have ended in defeat. The two in the Bundesliga ended without a Schalke goal, while the Royal Blues were beaten 4-2 in the Champions League away to Sporting CP.
- Stuttgart have the worst defence in the league (27 goals conceded). VfB have conceded 10 goals via a set-piece, a league high.
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored three goals and grabbed an assist in Schalke's 4-1 win over Mainz. The "Hunter" has only been involved in four goals in a BL game once before, during a 4-1 win against HSV in April 2013 (three goals and one assist).
- During his playing days, Roberto Di Matteo won the European Cup Winners' Cup with Chelsea. The Blues beat Joachim Löw's VfB Stuttgart side 1-0 in the 1998 final (goal by Gianfranco Zola).
FC Bayern München v Bayer 04 Leverkusen
- Bayern and Leverkusen go head-to-head at 18:30 CET on a Saturday for the seventh time since this timeslot was introduced in 2009/10. Bayer 04 haven't won any of the previous meetings (D3, L3) and have also never scored more than one goal in a game.
- FCB have lost just one of their last 26 competitive home games against Leverkusen (W20, D5) - a 2-1 defeat in October 2012.
- Bayern have a seven-point advantage over second-placed Wolfsburg. A seven-point gap at this stage of the season has only been squandered by a league leader once before in BL history: Leverkusen were nine points clear in 2008/09, but the Wolves won the title.
- The Munich side have conceded just three goals in their first 13 league games this season, equalling VfB Stuttgart's Bundesliga record from the 2003/04 campaign. FCB can't become the sole record holders until matchday 16.
- Leverkusen have attempted the most shots in the league (246), while Bayern have fired in the second most (243).
- FCB have scored the most first half goals this season (17), while Bayer 04 have netted the most goals after half time (16).
- Only Bayern (89) have allowed fewer shots this term than Leverkusen (110). Bayer 04 have allowed just 47 shots on target, only FCB have faced fewer (32).
- Jerome Boateng is now unbeaten in his last 52 BL games, extending his top-flight record. His last defeat in the Bundesliga came in October 2012 against Leverkusen (2-1).
- With 185 BL games now under his belt, Franck Ribery moved level with Matthieu Delpierre as the French player with the most appearances in the German top flight last weekend. Ribery is also on the brink of his 100th competitive goal for FCB.
- Hakan Calhanoglu has scored seven goals from direct free-kicks in this and last season combined - no other player has netted more than three. Five of his six competitive goals this season have come via direct free-kicks (one penalty).
- Manuel Neuer only has a negative BL head-to-head record against Leverkusen (W4, D3, L8) and his current employers. Only against HSV has he conceded as many BL goals as he has against Bayer 04 (19).
Hamburger SV v 1. FSV Mainz 05
- Hamburger SV lost 3-2 in both of their BL meetings with 1. FSV Mainz 05 last season.
- Mainz have gone five games without a win; the current longest winless run in the top flight.
- With just seven goals to their name, Hamburg have the worst attack in the league - no other side has scored fewer than 13 goals (Hannover and Köln). Their shooting accuracy (33%) and chance-conversion rates (6%) are also league-lows.
- The 05ers have conceded eight headed goals - no other side has let in more than five.
- Okazaki has scored three goals in his last two BL meetings with HSV. Only Frankfurt's Alex Meier (8) has netted more goals than the Japanese striker this season (7, the same as three other players).
- Hamburger SV are without Heiko Westerman, he has missed just six games since his arrival at the club; they have lost all of those games.
- Lewis Holtby was on loan at Mainz 05 from Schalke in 2010/11 and helped lead FSV to an impressive fifth-place finish, scoring four and assisting eight; his best combined haul in the Bundesliga.
- Nicolai Müller, who moved from Mainz to HSV in the summer, was with the 05ers for three years. Not only did he make his breakthrough at FSV (81 BL games, 21 goals), but he also became a Germany international.
Eintracht Frankfurt v SV Werder Bremen
- Eintracht haven't lost any of their last eight BL games against Bremen (W4, D4); their longest unbeaten run against a top-flight side.
- Bremen's last win in this fixture came in May 2009, when they won 5-0 in Frankfurt - that was also their biggest BL win away at Eintracht.
- Werder have won four of their five competitive games under Viktor Skripnik and have also collected nine of their 13 BL points during the Ukrainian's tenure.
- After previously suffering four straight defeats, Eintracht have now won their last two games. The last time they recorded three wins on the bounce was at the start of the of the 2012/13 campaign (four straight victories).
- Werder have scored nine of their 18 BL goals in the 15 minutes after half time; a league-high.
- In his last season as Werder coach (2012/13), Schaaf secured Bundesliga safety against Frankfurt, drawing 1-1 at home on matchday 33. Interestingly, his record after 13 games back then was the same as it is now (W5, D3, L5).
- With eight goals, Alexander Meier leads the goalscoring charts after matchday 13. The Frankfurt striker has scored against each of the current BL sides (except Frankfurt).
- Felix Wiedwald was at Bremen from 1999-2011, but never played a first-team match. He kept his first BL clean sheet in the 2-0 win against Dortmund, his 10th top-flight game.