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Andrew Tibot 19th Aug 2015 - 16:21

Bundesliga Opta Facts - August 21 - 23


Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Augsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Augsburg face off for the seventh time in the Bundesliga this weekend. SGE won the first encounter, but FCA have remained unbeaten in the five meetings since (W3, D2).


Markus Weinzierl's men have now lost each of their last four opening fixtures, scoring no goals and conceding a total of nine in the process. They don't traditionally fare much better in their following match, having lost their last three games on MD2.


Eintracht are unbeaten in 11 home matches (W7, D4) - the last time they went on a run like that was almost 15 years ago (15 home games without defeat in 2000). Their last loss on home turf came on MD11 of the 2014/15 season (4-0 against Bayern).


Augsburg have won their last two away matches (3-1 in Gladbach and 1-0 in Munich). Ahead of their recent upturn in fortunes, FCA had lost five away matches on the bounce.


FCA hit the woodwork three times against Hertha last time out, something they had never done before in the Bundesliga. They hit the frame of the goal seven times over the course of the whole of last season.


Seven players have received their marching orders in the last four Augsburg games. Three of those red cards were picked up by FCA players.


Raul Bobadilla was sent off for two bookable offences against Hertha. That saw the striker become the ninth player to be sent off in consecutive Bundesliga appearances. No one has ever been red carded in three straight top-flight games.


FCA striker Halil Altintop played 49 Bundesliga games for SGE (3 goals) between the start of 2010 and mid-2011. He has faced Frankfurt 13 times in the top flight and has lost against his former employers only once (W7, D5). He has scored just one goal against them.


Abdul Rahman Baba recently joined Chelsea FC. The Ghana international delivered considerably more crosses from open play than any other Bundesliga player in 2014/15 (120).


Armin Veh, who was born in Augsburg, is an FCA youth product. In 1990, they handed him his first managerial role. They played in the Bayern-Liga at the time.



Borussia Mönchengladbach- 1. FSV Mainz 05

Mainz are without a win against Gladbach since beating them 1-0 in April 2011 - they have drawn three and lost five of their eight subsequent meetings. The 05ers have never gone longer without beating a BL opponent. They have also gone eight games without a win against BVB (2010-2014) and Stuttgart (2004-2010).


Last weekend's 4-0 defeat in Dortmund was Gladbach's worst start to a season since the 1993/94 campaign (a 4-0 loss against Frankfurt).


Mainz have never occupied a spot in the bottom three since returning to the top tier for the 2009-10 season. The only other teams who have continually played in the BL since then without slipping into the relegation zone are Bayern and Leverkusen.


Borussia Mönchengladbach have won each of their last five Sunday Bundesliga matches, which is a club record. They've conceded just one goal during that timeframe.


Martin Schmidt's men haven't won a Sunday BL game since a 3-2 victory over Bremen in November 2013. Since then they are without a win in eight attempts (D5, L3). They have lost three of their last four Sunday matches in the top-flight.


The 05ers have lost four of their last five Bundesliga matches (W1). They have won just two of their last 15 BL away matches (D6, L7).


The Foals have only conceded 14 goals in the Bundesliga during 2015. Seven of them have come in their last two matches alone.


No current Mainz player has scored a Bundesliga goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach.


Both Gladbach and Mainz failed to create a clear-cut chance on the opening weekend (the same as 3 other teams).


Lucien Favre is on the brink of his 150th BL game as Gladbach boss. Only Hennes Weisweiler (339) and Jupp Heynckes (291) have been in the Borussia dugout for more league games than the current manager.




Hamburger SV - VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart are the only side that HSV have secured 42 victories against in the top flight, but Hamburg have failed to come out on top in any of the four most recent meetings, losing each of the last three clashes against VfB.


The 5-0 loss in Munich was Hamburger SV's heaviest ever defeat in a Bundesliga season opener and also Labbadia's biggest loss as a top-flight manager (together with a 6-1 defeat to Bayern with VfB in 2012).


Hamburg have picked up just one win in their previous 18 matches in the late Saturday kick-off (D6, L11). VfB's last victory in this timeslot came in their most recent outing on a Saturday evening - it's their only win in the last 10 attempts though (D3, L6).


VfB have recorded just one win from their last eight BL away outings, namely over relegated Paderborn (otherwise D2, L5).


Bruno Labbadia is yet to be beaten on home soil following his return to HSV, claiming two wins and two draws so far (3 BL games, 1 play-off match).


Stuttgart last triumphed on either of the first two matchdays in 2011/12, while HSV have been waiting for all three points on any of the opening two matchdays since 2010/11.


Hamburg's Gotoku Sakai (87 BL appearances and 1 goal for VfB) and Sven Schipplock (12 BL games, 1 goal) will face their former club.


Bruno Labbadia managed VfB Stuttgart for almost three years (December 2010 - August 2013) and guided the Baden-Württemberg club to a sixth-place BL finish in 2011/12 and their most recent appearance in Europe. He also led Stuttgart to the 2012/13 DFB Cup final (3-2 loss to Bayern).


Daniel Didavi took the most shots among all BL players on matchday 1 (10) - the most by any BL player in a game in this calendar year. He has scored one goal in each of his last three competitive fixtures for VfB.



Hannover 96 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Hannover have secured just one victory in their 12 most recent BL meetings with Leverkusen (D4, L7): 96 won 3-2 at home in December 2012. The Lower Saxony club have taken just one point from their last five encounters with Bayer 04.


Against no other side that Hannover have faced at least nine times in the top flight do they have a lower win percentage than they do against Bayer 04 Leverkusen (15.6%).


Former 96-manager Tayfun Korkut was dismissed following a 4-0 loss in Leverkusen on matchday 29 of the 2014/15 campaign. Michael Frontzeck took the reins and kept the Lower Saxony club up after collecting eight points from the final five matches.


Hannover have not lost their first home game of a BL season since 2007 when they were defeated 1-0 by Hamburg. They have recorded four wins and three draws in their opening league game of the campaign on home soil since then.


Leverkusen finished the 2014/15 BL season with two successive away defeats (3-0 in Gladbach and 2-1 in Frankfurt). Bayer 04 last suffered three straight losses on the road back in early 2010 (as many as 4 back then).


B04 came from behind after conceding early on against Hoffenheim in their season opener (2-1 win). Only Augsburg (10) rescued more points from losing positions than Leverkusen in the 2014/15 campaign (9).


Stefan Kießling became the first player to net on matchday 1 in four consecutive seasons during the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar managed this feat later on in the day too. By netting BL goal number 136, Kießling drew level with Horst Hrubesch in the top-flight's all-time goalscoring charts.


Each of Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt's last three BL goals have come as a substitute. Brandt's last top-flight goal when starting the game incidentally came in a 4-0 win over Hannover in April this year.


Bernd Leno and Ron-Robert Zieler are the only players to have featured in each of the last 92 BL games. Zieler is the only BL player not to have missed a minute over the last 143 matchdays (more than 4 seasons).


Charlison Benschop bagged his first goal and took three shots after coming off the bench in his first BL appearance (joint most among Hannover players). Mevlüt Erdinc, however, missed from the penalty spot when 96 were 2-1 down.



Hertha BSC- SV Werder Bremen

FC Bayern (35 times) are the only side to have defeated Hertha on more occasions than Bremen (33). The Berlin side have shipped the second-highest number of top-flight goals against Werder (115), with only FCB putting more past them (142).


Berlin have managed to keep only one clean sheet in their past 14 Bundesliga meetings with Bremen (1-0 victory at home in March 2012) and have conceded at least twice in 12 of those games.


A point or more against Bremen would see Pal Dardai's side top the table until at least Saturday afternoon. The capital club last topped the table after a complete round of games on matchday 1 of the 2013/14 season.


Hertha BSC have the opportunity to start a Bundesliga season with back-to-back victories for the first time in 33 years. Their matchday 1 away victory is a good omen - they last managed to win their first BL away game of the season in 2008/09 under Lucien Favre (finished the season in 4th).


The Berlin side could win their first three competitive games of the season as a BL club for the first time in 14 years.


If Hertha keep a clean sheet, they'll set a new club record: They've only previously managed to go the first three competitive games without conceding in 1989/90 (then as a second-division side).


Bremen have lost their last three BL games - the longest run of back-to-back defeats under Viktor Skripnik. They last went longer without a BL point three years ago (5 straight defeats between April and August 2012).


Werder last failed to collect any points from their first two BL games in 1998/99 (including a 1-0 defeat away to Hertha) - back then, a certain Thomas Schaaf took charge after Wolfgang Sidka and Felix Magath were relieved of their duties.


Salomon Kalou has opened the scoring for Hertha in both of their competitive games so far this season, matching the number of times he put his side 1-0 up last term.




TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - FC Bayern München

Hoffenheim and Bayern have met 14 times in the top flight and TSG are yet to come out on top (D4, L10). No other BL match-up that has seen a side remain winless has taken place more than eight times.


Hoffenheim have picked up a point in three of their seven home encounters with FCB and the Munich club haven't netted more than two goals in any of those fixtures. The record champions have prevailed in each of the three most recent clashes in Sinsheim though.


Bayern sit top of the table, as they did from matchday 5 of the 2014/15 campaign. They therefore have the chance to become the first team in Bundesliga history to occupy pole position for a whole calendar year.


FCB are unbeaten in their last 43 matches in the first half of the season (W35, D8) - the longest run in BL history. They have recorded 30 wins and five draws in their 35 BL games before the winter break under Pep Guardiola.


TSG had lost each of their opening two competitive games of a season just once before since their promotion to the BL in 2008: They suffered four straight defeats at the start of 2012/13 campaign and TSG only stayed up in the relegation play-off rather fortuitously.


The Munich club have lost their last two BL matches on the road (2-0 in Leverkusen and 2-1 in Freiburg). The record champions were last defeated three times on the spin away from home back in early 2007.


Including last season, TSG have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 matches in all competitions. Gisdol's side allowed their opponents 25 shots on matchday 1 - only Köln were more generous (28).


Douglas Costa was directly involved in two goals during his first Bundesliga game (1 goal + 1 assist), while Arturo Vidal set a new personal BL best for ball touches in his first league outing for Bayern (139).


In the form of Kevin Kuranyi (111 BL goals) and Robert Lewandowski (92), the two strikers who occupy second and third spot respectively in terms of goals scored among all current BL players will go head to head in this fixture.


Kuranyi's last BL goal was in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss to FC Bayern on 3rd April 2010. Vidal has also scored against today's opponents in the top-flight. The Chilean got on the scoresheet in Leverkusen's 2-1 home win over TSG in April 2011.



FC Ingolstadt 04 - Borussia Dortmund

The team with the most Bundesliga appearances within their squad (Dortmund, 3,279) face the side at the opposite end of the scale (Ingolstadt, 382).


FCI and BVB have never played each other competitively. Dortmund's reserves played Ingolstadt twice in the third tier during the 2009/10 season. Both teams won 1-0 away from home. Moritz Hartmann was involved on both occasions.


Die Schanzer picked up their first Bundesliga victory in their maiden top-flight appearance. The only other teams to crown their first fixture with a win since the three-points-per-win system was introduced are VfL Wolfsburg (1997) and Hoffenheim (2008).


Dortmund have not conceded in their first four competitive games of the season, something they hadn't managed since the Bundesliga was founded.

Only Bayern and BVB allowed their opponents just one shot on target during the opening weekend.


BVB's team features three of the eight BL players that have already had a hand in two goals this term: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Mkhitaryan leads the scoring charts together with Thomas Müller and SVD's Marcel Heller (2 goals each).


Instead of starting new recruit Gonzalo Castro (from Leverkusen), Tuchel opted for a younger presence in midfield: 19-year-old Julian Weigl, who joined BVB from 1860 München, started the game and had a 94% pass-success rate.

Lukas Hinterseer scored FCI's first ever Bundesliga goal after 66 minutes in Mainz. It was his only shot of the game.


Thomas Tuchel started his BL tenure as BVB coach with a 4-0 victory over Gladbach. No other Dortmund manager has recorded such an emphatic win in their first BL game in charge.


Ralph Hasenhüttl has already faced Dortmund as a manager. He was on the touchline when second-division Aalen lost 4-1 to Borussia in the second round of the 2012/13 DFB Cup. Hummels, Schmelzer, Götze and Schieber netted for BVB.




1. FC Köln - VfL Wolfsburg

VfL Wolfsburg have taken all three points in four of the last six clashes (2 draws). Köln's last victory in this fixture dates back to January 2010 when the Billy Goats triumphed 3-2 in Wolfsburg.


The match-up between Köln and Wolfsburg took place on matchday 34 last term (2-2 draw). It was the Billy Goats' final home match of the campaign and the Wolves' final away outing of the Bundesliga season.


Köln made their best start to a BL campaign in 19 years courtesy of their 3-1 win in Stuttgart. They secured a 3-0 victory away to Fortuna Düsseldorf back in 1996/97.


Including last season, Wolfsburg have failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last eight competitive outings, despite being unbeaten in nine games in all competitions (W6, D3).


Köln have lost just one of their last nine competitive fixtures (2-0 in Mainz on matchday 33), securing four victories and four draws in that timeframe.


The Billy Goats are unbeaten in their last 10 BL home matches (W3, D7). Nine of those 10 games have been in 2015 with only Wolfsburg and Frankfurt also yet to be defeated in the top flight on home soil this calendar year (Darmstadt too but only 1 BL game).


Six players from Köln's starting XI in Stuttgart were 23 or younger and the average age of their line-up (24 years, 200 days) was the lowest for the Billy Goats in a BL match since May 2006.


Köln are just four goals away from scoring their 2,500th in the top flight.


Dieter Hecking has collected 1.81 points per BL game on average - the most by a Wolfsburg manager in the top flight together with Felix Magath (2007-09).


The Billy Goats have netted seven goals in all competitions this term and Anthony Modeste has been directly involved in five of them (4 goals + 1 assist). Incidentally, Modeste has scored 4 BL goals against Wolfsburg, making the Wolves his favourite opponents.


New signing Max Kruse has had a hand in four of Wolfsburg's seven competitive goals this season (1 goal + 3 assists).




FC Schalke 04 - SV Darmstadt 98

The only season the two sides have previously played together in the Bundesliga was 1978/79. Schalke won both of their meetings 37 years ago (2-1 away, 4-2 at home).


Schalke 04 are unbeaten in their last five competitive games against Darmstadt (W4, D1). The Royal Blues' last defeat came back in a second-division meeting in Darmstadt in September 1989 (lost 3-2 despite leading 2-0).


S04 have only lost one of their last nine BL home games, recording five wins and three draws in that timeframe. Their last defeat on their own patch was at the hands of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday 26 of the previous campaign (1-0).


The 3-0 victory over Bremen on matchday 1 was Schalke's first winning start to a BL season since they triumphed 2-1 away to Nürnberg in 2009/10.


SV Darmstadt 98 have now kicked off all three of their Bundesliga campaigns with a draw. They've never avoided the drop and competed in back-to-back seasons in the top flight.


Schalke struggled against the newly-promoted sides at home last season. They lost 2-1 to Köln and only just beat Paderborn 1-0 courtesy of an own goal.

Schalke are yet to concede in a competitive game in 2015/16 under new manager Breitenreiter and can set a new club record. Never before have the Royal Blues managed to keep a clean sheet in their opening two BL games.


Darmstadt have secured victory in only one of their last six away games in the league (D2, L3). They have failed to hit the net more than once in any of their last eight away games (5 goals in total).

Darmstadt's Marcel Heller scored two goals in 34 BL games for Frankfurt. He has already equalled his previous tally after the 2-2 draw with Hannover on matchday 1.


Dirk Schuster played in 15 competitive games against FC Schalke 04, recording just the one victory (D5, L9). He has also lost to the Royal Blues as a manager, suffering a 3-1 defeat in the second round of the 2013/14 DFB Cup.



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