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Tom Stitfall 13th Feb 2014 - 12:52

Bundesliga Opta Facts| February 15-16



FSV Mainz 05 - Hannover 96

Hannover have lost just one of their last seven meetings with Mainz (W3, D3) - a 2-1 away defeat on matchday 15 last season.


96 have won six of the 15 top-flight meetings between the two clubs (D6, L3) and, of the current Bundesliga sides, they have only collected more points per game on average against Augsburg (2.2) than they have against FSV (1.6).


The 4-1 win on matchday 4 (from 1-0 down) was Hannover's biggest victory of the season and helped them make their best ever Bundesliga start.


Hannover haven't just lost nine of their 10 Bundesliga away games this season (along with a 3-1 win in Wolfsburg on matchday 18), they have also conceded in each of their last 13 away matches, shipping at least two goals in 11 of those games.


Mainz have lost just once in their last six Bundesliga games (W3, D2) - a 3-0 defeat to Wolfsburg on the last matchday. They won three in a row before that.


FSV have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five home games, only conceding against Dortmund in that period (3-1 defeat on matchday 14).


Mainz (9th) and Hannover (10th) are neighbours in the table and have an identical goal record of 29:35 - however, Mainz (30) have collected six points more than Hannover (24).


Both teams have scored the biggest share of goals in the final 15 minutes of games in the Bundesliga this season (both 31% and both 9 goals).


The two managers, Thomas Tuchel and Tayfun Korkut, were both Stuttgarter Kickers players between 1992 and 1994. Tuchel, who is one year older, was already in the first team, while Korkut was still with the youth team.


Hannover's Leon Andreasen scored four goals in 15 Bundesliga games for Mainz in the second half of the 2006/07 season while FSV's Heinz Müller made eight second-division appearances for 96 between 1997 and 2001.



Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt

Dortmund have won 38 of their 81 Bundesliga games against Frankfurt (D16, L27) - against no other club have BVB celebrated as many victories in the Bundesliga.


Frankfurt have claimed just one win in their last 16 Bundesliga away games against Dortmund (D4, L11): A 3-2 victory four years ago. Eintracht have conceded at least once in each of those 16 away games and have failed to score in eight of them.


Dortmund have won their last two Bundesliga away games but are without a win at home in four Bundesliga matches (3 defeats and most recently a 2-2 draw with Augsburg) - a first under Jürgen Klopp, with the last similar run coming in the autumn of 2006 (5 home games without a win).


Frankfurt have won just one of their last seven Bundesliga away games (1-0 in Leverkusen) and haven't scored more than once in any of those matches (failing to score in 3 of them).


Dortmund have conceded at least once in their last 11 Bundesliga games - BVB's last clean sheet was on matchday 9 in a 1-0 win against Hannover. The last time Dortmund conceded in 11 successive matches was back in 2004 (a run of 14 games).


After 475 goalless Bundesliga minutes, Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace in the match against Bremen and is now the league's top points-scorer (goals + assists) with 19 scorer-points (13 goals, 6 assists).


Armin Veh has collected just one point from his last six Bundesliga meetings with Jürgen Klopp (with Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Frankfurt). Veh's last win came with eventual champions VfB Stuttgart in May 2007 against Klopp's Mainz side (2-0 at home).


Armin Veh could suffer his 100th defeat as a Bundesliga manager in the game against Dortmund. His current record: 253 games, 98 wins, 56 draws and 99 defeats.




FC Bayern München - SC Freiburg

Freiburg haven't beaten Bayern in a competitive game in almost 18 years. Their last win was a 3-1 victory in March 1996. Since then, they have suffered 19 defeats and drawn five times against the Munich giants.

SCF are yet to win in Munich in the Bundesliga: They have never won an away match in the top flight against either Bayern (D2, L12) or 1860 München (D1, L7)

However, alongside Bayer Leverkusen, Christian Streich's side are one of just two teams that have taken a point off Bayern this Bundesliga season (1-1 draw at home).

Freiburg have lost their last three Bundesliga away games and have failed to score in each of them (1-0 loss in Mönchengladbach and 2-0 defeats at Schalke and Mainz).

Bayern have won their last 12 Bundesliga games and are closing in on another record, having managed 15 successive wins in 2005.

Bayern have scored at least two goals in their last 12 Bundesliga games, setting a new club record. Only Borussia Dortmund have enjoyed a longer run of this kind in the Bundesliga (14 games in 1995).

Mandzukic has scored and provided an assist in each of his last two games. However, Bayern's top scorer (12 goals) is missing for the match against Freiburg due to suspension.

Philipp Lahm scored his first Bundesliga goal in over three years (95 games) in the match against Nürnberg, which was also his 250th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern.

Toni Kroos hasn't been in Bayern's starting XI in two consecutive games - that hasn't happened before under Guardiola (including all competitive matches).

Claudio Pizarro celebrated his 199th Bundesliga win in the match against Nürnberg - the highest tally of wins amongst current players, one ahead of Schweinsteiger (198).

Mike Hanke is the only SCF player who has celebrated a Bundesliga win against Bayern. The striker could equal a league record in Munich with his current tally of 122 substitute appearances topped only by former Bayern player Mehmet Scholl (123).




SV Werder Bremen - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach have been waiting almost 27 years for a win in Bremen. They have drawn six times and lost 17 in their last 23 Bundesliga away games against Werder. Their last win there came courtesy of a 7-1 victory in March 1987, Gladbach's biggest Bundesliga away win to date.

Alongside Hamburg and Stuttgart, Gladbach are one of just three teams yet to collect a point in the second half of the season. Bremen have also struggled in 2014, claiming just one point from three games so far.

Gladbach have lost three games in a row for the first time under Lucien Favre. On top of that, Borussia haven't won in five games, something that hadn't happened to the club since September 2012.

Bremen have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga games (D2, L6). Only Hamburg (4) have collected fewer points than Werder (5) in that timeframe.

Only in 1974/75 (16) have Bremen had fewer points after 20 games than they do now (20).

Only Hamburg (47) have conceded more goals than Werder (45). The 1979/80 season, which ended in relegation, is the only time Bremen have conceded more goals after 20 matches (48).

Lucien Favre will celebrate his three-year anniversary at Gladbach one day before this game. In that time, only Bayern (246), Dortmund (209), Leverkusen (188) and Schalke (167) have collected more points than Gladbach (160).

Thomas Eichin will have held his position for exactly one year on the day of this match. Bremen have collected just 26 points from the 33 Bundesliga games during his time at the club, Werder's lowest points-tally in any 33-game period.

Eichin was a Gladbach player between 1985 and 1999 (excluding a 6-month spell at Nürnberg). He failed to score in 180 Bundesliga games (all for Gladbach), suffering the same fate as his Gladbach counterpart Max Eberl (104 Bundesliga games without scoring).

Neither one of Gladbach's attacking duo of Raffael and Max Kruse has been involved in a goal for the last three games - their longest drought this season. Raffael hasn't scored in 300 minutes, while Kruse (a former Bremen youth player) has been waiting 488 minutes for a goal.



1899 Hoffenheim - VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart have lost just one of their 11 Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim (W6, D4). In fact, they're unbeaten in Sinsheim (W3, D2) while Hoffenheim are the only Bundesliga side that Stuttgart have not lost to in an away match.

Thomas Schneider made his debut in the Stuttgart dugout for their 6-2 win over Hoffenheim earlier this season. No other manager in VfB's Bundesliga history has won their first game by a bigger margin (Joachim Löw and Gunther Baumann both won 4-0).

Stuttgart have now lost five consecutive games, something they last did approximately one year ago. The last time they endured a longer losing streak was in the 1986/87 season (7 defeats).

VfB haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 13 games and have conceded at least two goals in their last eight matches - a club record. Only Hoffenheim (1) have kept fewer clean sheets this season than Stuttgart (2, the same as Nürnberg).

Stuttgart have dropped the most points from winning positions this season (18) - followed by hosts Hoffenheim (16, the same as Augsburg).

Markus Gisdol was Stuttgart's U17s manager between 2005 and 2007. He completed his coaching course in the same class as current VfB manager Thomas Schneider in 2011.

Stuttgart's Vedad Ibisevic, who is the top goalscorer in Hoffenheim's Bundesliga history with 43 goals, will miss this game due to suspension.

Ibisevic has scored five goals against Hoffenheim in Stuttgart colours. Schalke are the only other side that he has the same record against. He also scored a hat-trick in the meeting with TSG earlier this season.

Former Stuttgart player Sebastian Rudy will be missing for TSG after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign.

With six assists to his name, Alexandru Maxim is Stuttgart's top assist provider (all from set-pieces). However, the Romanian hasn't been involved in a goal in his last seven Bundesliga games.

Having won 69.5% of his challenges, David Abraham is the Bundesliga's top tackler.




Eintracht Braunschweig - Hamburger SV

In this clash, the 18th placed side host the 17th - or the worst team in the first half of the season (Braunschweig) host the worst so far in the second half (Hamburger SV).

Hamburg won 4-0 at home in the meeting earlier this season and lead the head-to-head record between the two sides (W20, D8, L13). However, the statistics favour Braunschweig when they're playing HSV at home, with Eintracht winning 11 of their 20 home games (D4, L5).

The visiting team has won just one of the last 16 competitive meetings between these two sides: HSV won 4-2 in Braunschweig in April 1983. Otherwise, the home side has won on 13 occasions (2 draws).

HSV are the only Bundesliga side yet to score in 2014 and have lost all three of their league games since the turn of the year by a 3-0 scoreline. They have now conceded exactly three goals in each of their last five Bundesliga matches.

Hamburg are the only club yet to create a clear-cut goal-scoring chance in 2014. All other sides have had at least three, with the average number 6.6.

HSV, who have featured in all 51 Bundesliga seasons so far, have now lost six successive games for the first time ever.

Newly promoted side Braunschweig have won just one of their last eight games (1-0 against Hoffenheim) and have suffered six defeats in that timeframe (1 draw - 0-0 in Bremen).

With just 11 goals to their name, Braunschweig have the worst attack in the league by far. In Bundesliga history, only Tasmania Berlin have managed fewer than 11 goals after 20 games (1965/66: 9 goals).

With 47 goals conceded, Hamburg have the worst defence in the league. Never before have HSV conceded as many goals after 20 Bundesliga matches.

Only Michael Oenning (0.64 over 14 games) has a worse Bundesliga points-per-game average as HSV manager than Bert van Marwijk (0.86 over 14 games), who will mark his 100th game as a Bundesliga manager in this weekend's match (85 for Dortmund).




Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Schalke 04

Since the 18:30 kick-off on a Saturday was introduced in the 2009/10 season, no Bundesliga fixture has filled the slot more often than Schalke against Leverkusen - this is the eighth occurrence. The record so far: Two Bayer 04 wins, two draws and three S04 wins.

Schalke have won their first three Bundesliga matches after the winter break for the first time since 2007. They had collected just one point from their first three games of the season.

S04 are unbeaten in five successive Bundesliga games for the first time since the autumn of 2012 (currently W4, D1). It's the first time that Jens Keller has managed a run like this during his career as a Bundesliga coach.

Bayer 04 have lost just one of their last 14 games in the BayArena (W11, D2) - a 1-0 defeat against Frankfurt on December 15th last year. Leverkusen have failed to score in just one of their last 30 Bundesliga fixtures at home.

Leverkusen have collected 43 points from their 20 league games this season - the only time they have had a better record at the same stage was in 2009/10 (44 points).

In 1,180 top flight games, Bayer 04 have celebrated 499 wins and suffered 349 defeats -so they could reach a milestone in the game against Schalke. Meanwhile, S04 have won 199 Bundesliga away games so far.

Sidney Sam set up Leverkusen's winning goal against both Stuttgart and Gladbach and is the club's top points-scorer (7 goals + 7 assists = 14 scorer-points). Sam will join Schalke 04 in the summer.

Stefan Kießling is set to make his 300th Bundesliga appearance (currently: 121 goals in 299 games). 240 of his 299 appearances so far have come for Bayer 04 (108 goals), with the other 59 in Nürnberg colours (13 goals).

Max Meyer scored his fifth Bundesliga goal in the 2-0 win against Hannover last Sunday (all of them have come this season). At 18 years, four months and 22 days old, he is the youngest player to have scored five top-flight goals.

With an average of 2.15 points collected per game, Sami Hyypiä is the best manager in Leverkusen's Bundesliga history (at least 5 games in charge required).



FC Augsburg - 1. FC Nürnberg

After failing to win in the 14 previous meetings (D5, L9), Augsburg beat Nürnberg 1-0 earlier this season. Their last win before that against Nürnberg was a 4-2 away victory in the Second Division South in November 1976. FCA have never beaten FCN in back-to-back competitive games.

FCA are now unbeaten in eight consecutive Bundesliga games (W5, D3), building on their club record - FC Bayern are the only side currently on a longer undefeated run (45). Augsburg's last defeat came courtesy of their 3-0 loss in Munich in November 2013.

Augsburg have won their last four Bundesliga home games - a new club record. On top of that, they have already matched their season-best tally of six home wins (2011/12). Another club record is their current run of scoring in eight consecutive matches at home.

With 31 points already, Augsburg are having their best-ever Bundesliga season and are just two points off a European place. A win against Nürnberg would see them pass their points-tally from last season (33) already.

After going nine away games without winning (D6, L3), Nürnberg beat Hertha 3-1 in Berlin on matchday 19. However, FCN haven't won back-to-back Bundesliga games on the road since mid-September 2012.

FCN have already hit the woodwork 18 times this season - a league-high by far and already level with the league-high from the last campaign (Bayern and Freiburg). Augsburg, on the other hand, have only hit the post or the crossbar on seven occasions.

If Augsburg score against Nürnberg, it will be their 100th Bundesliga goal (99 so far).

Andre Hahn has more goals (9) and more scorer-points (goals + assists = 11) than any other player at Augsburg. He scored his third brace of the season in the match against Stuttgart and has been involved in six of the last nine FCA goals (3 goals, 2 assists and the cross that led to Dortmund's own goal in the 2-2 draw on matchday 18).

FCA sporting director Stefan Reuter was promoted to the Bundesliga with Nürnberg in 1984/85 - he scored 3 goals in 25 second-division matches. Reuter made exactly 100 Bundesliga appearances for FCN, scoring 10 goals.



Hertha Berlin -VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have won their last two matches against Hertha: They were 2-0 winners at home earlier this season (Goals: Olic, Diego), with the last meeting in Berlin ending in a 4-1 victory for the Wolves.

Both sides were comfortable winners last weekend, picking up their first points of the second half of the season. Hertha beat HSV 3-0 on the road, while Wolfsburg were also 3-0 winners in their home match against 1. FSV Mainz 05.

A home win would see Hertha (31 points, 7th place) move above Wolfsburg (33 points, 6th place) in the table.

Hertha already have 31 points after 20 matchdays (W9, D4, L7) - that is as many as they collected during the entire 2011/12 campaign when they were ultimately relegated.

VfL Wolfsburg secured their 10th win of the season already last weekend - that's as many as they celebrated after the 34 matchdays last season.

With 24 goals conceded each after 20 games (the same as Dortmund), Berlin and Wolfsburg have the joint-third-best defence in the league. Only Leverkusen (20) and Bayern (9) have shipped fewer goals.

The Wolves haven't lost any of their last eight Bundesliga matches played on a Sunday - they have won four of them and drawn the other four.

With 14 goals to his name, Adrian Ramos is the league's top scorer - he has scored seven times in his last six matches. The Colombian was the match-winner in Hertha's 3-0 victory in Hamburg, scoring two goals and assisting another.

Wolfsburg's Naldo is suspended for the match in Berlin - the Brazilian picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the home game against Mainz on the last matchday.

Jos Luhukay hasn't won any of his five previous meetings with Dieter Hecking as a manager - the Dutch coach has secured just one draw, losing the other four matches.

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