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Andrew Tibot 1st Apr 2015 - 9:00

Bundesliga Opta facts - April 4-5

FC Augsburg - FC Schalke 04

Schalke have won six of their eight competitive matches against Augsburg, including five out of seven Bundesliga games (2 draws). Against no other club have S04 remained undefeated after this many Bundesliga games.

 

On average the Royal Blues have claimed 2.4 points per game against FCA, their highest tally against any Bundesliga team that they have faced more than four times.

 

Since the introduction of the three-points-per-win system (1995/96), no team that has been more than three points behind fourth place after 26 games has made it into the top four by the end of the season. Schalke are currently six points behind fourth-placed Leverkusen.

 

Schalke have won just one of their last six Bundesliga games (D2, L3) and are 13th in a table representing the last six matchdays.

 

Augsburg have won just one of their last seven Bundesliga games (D2, L4). Only Hannover (2) have collected fewer points than FCA during that timeframe (5, the same as 3 other teams).

 

Schalke have conceded at least one goal in each of their last eight competitive games. S04 kept five clean sheets and let in just four goals in the eight games prior to that.

 

Augsburg have lost their last two games without scoring. The last time they lost three in row was in October 2013 and they have never gone three consecutive games without finding the net in the top flight.

 

Only 28% of Schalke's points (11 of 39) have been won away from home, the lowest percentage in the league. 68% of Augsburg's points have come at home (26 of 38).

 

FCA have won five of their last seven Sunday fixtures (D1, L1). Meanwhile, Schalke, who will play their first Sunday game of the 2014/15 season, have lost their last two.

 

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are both yet to score a Bundesliga goal in 2015. Huntelaar has gone 828 Bundesliga minutes (almost 14 hours) without finding the net.

 

Roman Neustädter will miss the game in Augsburg due to a yellow-card suspension. Schalke's captain Benedikt Höwedes, however, is back after serving his ban.

 

 

FC Augsburg - FC Schalke 04

Mainz 05 lost 6-1 at home to Werder Bremen on 27th October 2006 under manager Jürgen Klopp - it remains FSV's heaviest ever Bundesliga defeat.

 

After picking up just one point from their first four Bundesliga games in Bremen (3 defeats), Mainz have won three of their last four matches there (1 defeat), scoring an impressive nine goals in the process (2.3 per game).

 

With 54 goals conceded, Werder have the Bundesliga's worst defence this season. No other side in Europe's top five leagues has let in more goals.

 

Mainz sit a solid seventh in a table representing only the last five matchdays, i.e. since Martin Schmidt took over.

 

Bremen have scored 19 goals from set pieces, a league high. They netted just 14 times from dead balls in the whole of the last campaign. Eight of Werder's last 12 goals have come from set plays.

 

FSV have conceded 11 headed goals, a league high together with Werder Bremen.

 

The meeting with Mainz will be SV Werder Bremen's 862nd Bundesliga home game and they could celebrate their 500th win (so far: W499, D206, L156).

 

Viktor Skripnik made a successful Bundesliga debut as Werder boss in the meeting with Mainz earlier this season (2-1 win). Bremen have moved from 18th to ninth place since the Ukrainian took over and have celebrated all nine of their top-flight victories this season under him.

 

Johannes Geis had a hand in 11 of Mainz's 22 shots in their meeting with Wolfsburg (5 shots, 6 shot assists). He has assisted 63 shots in this campaign - only VfL Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne has set up more (81).

 

Mainz keeper Loris Karius could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance in the game against Bremen (all for the 05ers). Werder's Sebastian Prödl is on the brink of his 50th top-flight win.

 

 

Eintracht Frankfurt - Hannover 96

Hannover have won six of their last eight Bundesliga meetings with Frankfurt - their only defeat in that timeframe was a 3-1 loss in Frankfurt during October 2012 (1 draw). The Lower Saxony club have come out on top in each of the last three encounters between the two sides.

 

Eintracht are unbeaten in their last seven home games, picking up an impressive 17 of a possible 21 points in that timeframe (W5, D2). Their last defeat on home soil was a 4-0 loss to Bayern München on matchday 11.

 

96 haven't won any of their last 10 Bundesliga games (D4, L6). Their last victory was on matchday 16 against Augsburg (2-0). No other Bundesliga team is currently on as long a winless run as Korkut's side.

 

Hannover are the worst team in the second half of the season - they have picked up just three points in 2015.

 

Korkut's side are without a win in seven away games (D3, L4) - their last victory on the road came on matchday 11 (2-0 in Berlin). Only HSV (9) have picked up fewer points on their travels than Hannover (10, the same as Freiburg, Frankfurt and Paderborn).

 

Frankfurt have scored in each of their last 15 Bundesliga games, the longest run in the league at present. Meanwhile, no side has been waiting as long for a clean sheet as Hannover (10 games).

 

There have been 101 goals scored in Frankfurt fixtures this season, an average of 3.9 per game - the highest amount across Europe's top five leagues.

 

Eintracht have dropped 21 points from winning positions this season - a league high. Frankfurt squandered 18 points after taking the lead throughout the whole of the last campaign, three fewer than they have in 2014/15.

 

Lars Stindl grabbed his third Bundesliga brace in the recent meeting with BVB (3-2 loss) and is having his best ever top-flight campaign: 6 league goals for the season is a personal best.

 

Joselu joined Hannover from Hoffenheim last summer, but was on loan at Frankfurt last season. He scored 14 goals in 33 competitive games for the Eagles.

 

 

Hertha BSC - SC Paderborn

Paderborn were seventh in the Bundesliga after their 3-1 win against Hertha earlier in the season. However, they have won just one of their 16 Bundesliga games since then (D6, L9).

 

Paderborn have failed to score in nine of their last 10 games and are currently on a 461-minute goalless run in the Bundesliga.

 

Hertha are unbeaten in four games (W2, D2), their longest run without losing since the end of 2013.

 

Hertha have kept four clean sheets in their seven games under Dardai, more than in their previous 19 Bundesliga matches this season (3).

 

Hertha BSC have lost their last seven Sunday fixtures in the Bundesliga, with their last victory came against Braunschweig in December 2013 (2-0).

 

Paderborn have scored the fewest first-half goals in the league (5). Only one side has finished with single figures in the last six seasons: Braunschweig during their relegation campaign of 2013/14 (9 first-half goals).

 

Berlin have produced the fewest shots in the league (233) and have had the lowest share of possession (40.4%).

 

Alban Meha has had a shot every 18.8 minutes on average (60 in total) - no other Bundesliga player (with at least 10 shots) shoots as frequently.

 

Srdjan Lakic is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance (21 goals). The Croatian's first top-flight game came in August 2006 for Hertha (0-0 draw in Wolfsburg), where he failed to score in 12 Bundesliga matches for the Berlin side between 2006 and 2008.

 

Elias Kachunga, Paderborn's top scorer (5 goals), is currently suffering a 555-minute goal drought.

 

 

Borussia Dortmund - FC Bayern München

The two sides have won alternately over the last seven competitive games. If that pattern continues, it would be Dortmund's turn to come away victorious.

 

BVB haven't won any of their last six Saturday evening games (3 defeats). Bayern have lost just one of their last 19 fixtures in that timeslot (11 wins) - they were beaten 3-0 by Dortmund on 12th April 2014.

 

Borussia have already collected 18 points in nine games during 2015 - three more than they accrued in the entire first half of the season and just one fewer than Bayern have picked up since the winter break (19).

 

After facing the best defence in the second half of the season (Gladbach, 4 goals conceded), Bayern will now play the team with the second-best defence in 2015 (Dortmund, 7 goals conceded).

 

FCB have picked up just 12 of a possible 27 points from their last nine Bundesliga games against the five sides that made it to the knockout stages in Europe this season.

 

Mats Hummels was a youth player at Bayern - his only BL game for FCB came in 2006/07 against Jürgen Klopp's Mainz side. Then FSV player Neven Subotic celebrated his Bundesliga debut in the same game.

 

 

Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski won the Bundesliga with Dortmund in 2011 and celebrated the double with BVB in 2012. They also played their part in Borussia reaching the 2013 Champions League final.

 

The game against BVB will be Pep Guardiola's 61st Bundesliga match in the dugout and he could record his 50th win - it would be a new top-flight record. Udo Lattek currently leads the way, having claimed his 50th victory in game number 78 back in 1972.

 

Bayern (363) and Dortmund (336) may have taken the most shots in the league, but they have also allowed the fewest (Bayern on 172, BVB on 223).

 

 

Sport-Club Freiburg - 1. FC Köln

Freiburg beat Köln 2-1 at home in the last 16 of the DFB Cup 32 days prior to this meeting. SCF also secured their first Bundesliga win of the campaign in the clash earlier this season (1-0 in Cologne).

 

SCF have won both of their meetings with Köln this season. Freiburg have only beaten a particular side three times within a campaign once since being promoted to professional-level football in 1978 (Carl Zeiss Jena in 1991/92).

 

Freiburg haven't lost any of their last 10 competitive home games against Köln (W6, D4). The Billy Goats' last victory in Freiburg came in the Bundesliga in August 1996 (3-1). Köln's current sporting director Jörg Schmadtke was the SCF goalkeeper back then.

 

The recent 2-0 win over Augsburg was Freiburg's third victory of 2015, already one more than they recorded in the entire first half of the campaign (2).

 

SCF are out of the bottom three for the first time since matchday 19 - Freiburg did the same after matchday 26 last season, and they remained above the danger zone until the end of the campaign.

 

Köln have won just one of their last eight Bundesliga games (D5, L2) - a 4-2 victory over Frankfurt on matchday 24.

 

17 of the 30 points that Köln have collected have come away from home. Stöger's side have also recorded five of their seven wins on the road - only FC Bayern (9) and Leverkusen (6) have secured more away victories this season (Wolfsburg also have 5).

 

Only the top five sides in the league have a better defensive record than Köln (32 goals conceded). The last promoted BL side with as few (or fewer) goals shipped at this stage was SpVgg Unterhaching in 1999/2000 (31 goals conceded), a campaign they ended in 10th.

 

Ujah has had a hand in five of Köln's last eight Bundesliga goals (3 goals + 2 assists). However, he scored an own goal in the 2-1 loss in Freiburg that saw the Billy Goats exit the DFB cup.

 

All four of Nils Petersen's goals for SCF have come as a substitute, making him the league's top-scoring sub. He has played a total of just 70 minutes for Freiburg and has found the net with four of his six shots in that time.

 

Sascha Riether played for Köln in 2011/12. He started 33 of their 34 Bundesliga games, but wasn't able to prevent the Rhineland club from being relegated.

 

 

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach have won just three of their 13 Bundesliga meetings with Hoffenheim (D4, L6). Borussia only have a lower win percentage against Augsburg (14%) and Bayern (22%) than they do against TSG (23%).

 

TSG are unbeaten in their eight competitive home games the Foals (W6, D2) and have let in just one goal in their last four meetings with Gladbach on home soil.

 

Hoffenheim have lost just one of their last six Bundesliga games (W3, D2). That 3-1 defeat away to Schalke on matchday 24 was also the only one of the last four games that TSG haven't kept a clean sheet in.

 

Borussia are undefeated in six Bundesliga matches (W4, D2) - only Dortmund are currently on a longer unbeaten run (7 games). The last matchday saw Favre's side become the first team to win a competitive game away at FC Bayern this season (2-0).

 

No side has picked up more points in 2015 than Borussia (20, the same as Wolfsburg), who have only collected more points in their first nine games in the second half of the season once before: 21 in 1983/84 (converted to the 3-points-per-win system).

 

Gisdol's side have won each of their last three Bundesliga home games, their longest run in around a year. The only time TSG have recorded more successive top-flight wins on home soil was in their debut 2008/09 campaign (6 straight home wins between September and November).

 

With just 20 goals conceded, Gladbach have the second-best defence in the league (Bayern: 13). Favre's men have shipped just four goals since the winter break - no other side has let in fewer than seven.

 

Raffael was the match-winner in the 2-0 victory in Munich on matchday 26 thanks to his brace. The Brazilian has scored four of his side's last six goals - they have also been Borussia's last four away goals.

 

Eugen Polanski wore Gladbach colours from 1994 to 2008 (44 BL games, 1 goal). The 29-year-old Pole has scored three of TSG's last five Bundesliga goals.

 

Fabian Johnson joined Borussia from Hoffenheim in summer 2014. He made 87 Bundesliga appearances for TSG across three seasons (5 goals + 12 assists).

 

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Hamburger SV

Hamburg have won each of their last two meetings with Leverkusen. Bayer 04 had previously remained unbeaten in nine straight Bundesliga games against HSV (W5, D4).

 

The only time Hamburg have recorded three successive Bundesliga wins over Leverkusen was between November 1980 and November 1981. HSV haven't won any of their last five matches away to Bayer 04 though (D2, L3).

 

There were 54 fouls committed in the meeting earlier this season (HSV: 29, B04: 25), making it the Bundesliga game with the most fouls in almost six years. The last time there were as many fouls in one Bundesliga match was in Frankfurt's 2-1 win over Cottbus in April 2009 (also 54).

 

Only Leverkusen have won on each of the last four matchdays. The last time Bayer 04 celebrated more victories on the trot was between April and August 2013 (8).

 

Leverkusen haven't conceded in any of their last four Bundesliga games (360 minutes). They have only kept five consecutive Bundesliga clean sheets once before: almost exactly 31 years ago under Dettmar Cramer (5 in March/April 1984).

 

HSV have now failed to register a goal in 15 games this season following their loss to Hertha - they have thus set a new record for an entire campaign already after matchday 26.

 

With just nine points and a -18 goal difference to their name, Hamburg are the worst away team in the league. They have lost each of their last three games on the road, scoring just one goal and conceding 13.

 

Only HSV (64) have been shown more yellow cards than Bayer 04 (61). Hamburg have also committed the most fouls (482), Leverkusen the third most (472).

 

Hakan Calhanoglu joined Bayer 04 from HSV in summer 2014. He had a hand in 15 goals in 32 Bundesliga games for Hamburg last season (11 goals + 4 assists); just one fewer than the northern club have managed to score in total during this campaign (16).

 

Pierre-Michel Lasogga has gone 676 Bundesliga minutes without scoring. However, the striker, who played for Leverkusen's U19s in 2009/10, hasn't scored as many Bundesliga goals against any other club as he has against Bayer 04 (5 in 4 games).

 

 

VfL Wolfsburg - VfB Stuttgart

Wolfsburg have lost just one of their last nine games against Stuttgart (W7, D1) - a 3-2 away defeat on matchday 34 of the 2011/12 season. VfL have won each of the last five meetings, and are even on a seven-game winning run at home against VfB.

 

With 20 points to their name, Wolfsburg are the top of a table representing the second half of the season, ahead of Gladbach (also 20 points) and Bayern (19). Meanwhile, only Paderborn (5) and Hannover (3) have collected fewer points in 2015 than Stuttgart (6).

 

VfL are the league's best home team (35 points) and are unbeaten in 18 games on home soil (W14, D4). They aren't far from equalling their club record of 20 consecutive home games without a loss set between May 2008 and August 2009.

 

Stuttgart ended a nine-game winless run (D4, L5) thanks to their victory over Frankfurt (3-1). However, the last time they recorded back-to-back wins in the top flight was in September 2013 (against Hoffenheim and in Berlin).

 

Wolfsburg have lost just one of their last 20 competitive games (W14, D5) - a 1-0 league defeat away to FC Augsburg. The Wolves have reached the quarterfinals of both the DFB Cup and the Europa League in that timeframe.

 

Stuttgart have won just one of their last 25 Bundesliga away games against a second-placed side (D8, L16) - a 2-0 win in Hamburg on matchday 23 of the 2005/06 season. VfB have lost each of their last six away matches against teams sitting second.

 

Having had a hand in 25 goals in 26 games, Kevin De Bruyne leads the Bundesliga in this regard. The record number of assists in a campaign since stats started being collected in 2004/05 is 18, set by Wolfsburg's Zvjezdan Misimovic in 2008/09.

 

The game against Frankfurt saw Daniel Ginczek score his first two goals for VfB in what was his 10th competitive game for them (6th start). It was also Ginczek's first ever Bundesliga brace.

 

Stuttgart's Christian Gentner has won the Bundesliga before with both VfB (2006/07) and Wolfsburg (2008/09). He made 99 league appearances for the Wolves between 2007 and 2010, scoring 11 goals.

 

 
 
 

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