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Simon Gott 23rd Oct 2013 - 16:23

Bundesliga Opta Facts - Match Day 10


VfB Stuttgart - 1. FC Nürnberg



Stuttgart are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga meetings with Nürnberg (W2, D2). FCN's last win against VfB came with a 4-1 away triumph in February 2011.

Nürnberg have celebrated more Bundesliga away wins against Stuttgart than against any other side (8).

Nürnberg suffered their heaviest Bundesliga away loss in a meeting with VfB almost 30 years ago. On November 5th 1983, FCN left Stuttgart on the wrong end of a 7-0 scoreline.

Apart from Hamburg, the only sides to have changed their manager so far this season are Stuttgart and Nürnberg. While VfB are unbeaten under Thomas Schneider (W3, D3), FCN unveiled Gertjan Verbeek as their new manager on Tuesday.

The Dutchman's last post was at AZ Alkmaar (2010-2013), who he took to the Europa League for three consecutive seasons, as well as claiming a cup win with them in 2013.

The last Stuttgart manager to remain unbeaten in their first six matches before Schneider was Christian Gross (2009). The Swiss manager suffered his first defeat in his seventh game in a 3-1 home loss to HSV.

VfB have won just one of their last six home games (D3, L2). Stuttgart's only clean sheet in their last 19 Bundesliga home games was a 2-0 win against Gladbach in April.

Nürnberg haven't won so far in the Bundesliga this season (D6, L3). Their last victory was on matchday 34 last season (3-2 against Bremen). The last time FCN went on a similar run was in 2007/08 (10 consecutive winless games) - they could match that record in Stuttgart.

Josip Drmic saved Nürnberg on matchday 9 in Frankfurt, with his goal from the bench earning them a point (1-1 draw). He has been involved in a goal in each of his three substitute appearances this season (2 goals, 1 assist).




FC Schalke 04 - Borussia Dortmund



Last season, Schalke won both local derby games by a 2-1 scoreline. The last time that Schalke won both meetings in the same season was 2009/10. The Bundesliga record is three wins in a row (1968-1969).

22 points and a +15 goal difference is Dortmund's best ever Bundesliga record after nine games. They have collected the same number of points on three other occasions but they have never had a better goal difference.

With 22 goals in nine games, this is Dortmund's best attack in 18 years.

The last time Schalke conceded as many goals after nine games as they have this season (19) was 26 years ago, during the 1987/88 campaign they conceded 23 goals after nine games and were relegated.

The only league games that Dortmund haven't won this season have come on the Saturday after a midweek Champions League match (1-1 draw in Nürnberg, 2-0 defeat in Gladbach).

Schalke have won their last two games despite going behind - against Augsburg (4-1) and Braunschweig (3-2). Their seven-point return from losing positions is a league best in 2013/14.

BVB have managed just one goal in their last two league games, despite having 45 shots; only Bayern have attempted more (46).

No team in the top-five European leagues has had as many shots as BVB in 2013/14 (209).

Kevin-Prince Boateng was on loan at BVB in the second half of the 2008/09 season and failed to score in 10 Bundesliga games (1 assist). Felipe Santana played for Dortmund from 2008 to 2013 (95 Bundesliga appearances, 6 goals).

Ilkay Gündogan was born in Gelsenkirchen and played in Schalke's youth team in the 1998/99 season. He turned 23 years old two days before the game.

Sokratis has won 72.7% of his challenges, a league-high. His teammate Mats Hummels is in second place (71.3%).




FC Bayern München - Hertha BSC



Bayern are unbeaten in their last 34 Bundesliga matches (W28) and are edging towards HSV's league record (36 games unbeaten between January 1982 and January 1983).


Hertha have won just one of their last 19 Bundesliga meetings with Bayern (D5, L13); they have lost each of the last four.

Berlin's last Bundesliga win in Munich was against Hoeneß, Rummenigge and Co. (2-0) on October 29th 1977.

Like in 2008/09, Hertha have 15 points after nine games. Back then, Berlin went on to finish fourth.

FCB are attempting more passes (an average of 707 per game) than FC Barcelona (686).

Only Bayern (4) and Dortmund (7) have conceded fewer goals than Hertha BSC (9).

Pizarro (335 appearances) and Kobiashvili (338 appearances), the two foreign players with the most appearances in the history of the Bundesliga, may meet in this fixture.

Franck Ribery hasn't lost any of his last 38 Bundesliga games, a league record he shares with Holger Hieronymus, who was unbeaten for 38 consecutive top-flight games with Hamburger SV between 1981 and 1983.

The two best keepers statistically will meet in Munich; Thomas Kraft has saved 77.5% of the shots on his goal, while Manuel Neuer has stopped 82.6%.

Pep Guardiola faced Hertha BSC once as a player. Both Guardiola and Berlin's sporting director Michael Preetz were on the pitch for 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw between FC Barcelona and Berlin in the 1999/2000 Champions League campaign.




FSV Mainz 05 - Eintracht Braunschweig



Mainz are the only side in the Bundesliga to have lost five of their last 6 league games (D1).

Braunschweig have won just one of their last 13 competitive matches (D3, L9).

This is the first time the two sides will have faced each other in the Bundesliga. There have been eight previous competitive meetings (all second division), with Eintracht leading the head-to-head record (W4, D1, L3).

Braunschweig have been bottom of the table since matchday 3, while 14th-placed Mainz are in their worst position since matchday 5 of last season (then in 15th place).

Only Hoffenheim and Hamburg (22 each) have conceded as many goals as Mainz and Braunschweig this season (21 each). Mainz have never conceded so many goals in their first nine games of a Bundesliga campaign before.

Braunschweig have scored four goals in their last two matches, more than in their first seven games combined (3). Eintracht have still scored the fewest amount of goals in the league so far (7) and also have the worst chance-conversion rate (8.2%).

Mainz lost a game after leading for the third time already this season in the match against Bayern; a joint-league-high.

Torsten Lieberknecht was a Mainz player between 1995 and 2002 and made 89 second-division appearances for them (3 goals). After one year in Saarbrücken, he joined Braunschweig in 2003.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance (99 so far, 19 goals). 51 of these 99 games have come in Mainz colours (12 goals).

Marco Caligiuri moved from Mainz to Braunschweig before the start of the season and is Eintracht's most experienced Bundesliga player with 95 appearances.




Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Augsburg



Leverkusen have lost just one of their last 17 Bundesliga matches (W13, D3). That defeat came on matchday 4, when Bayer 04 lost 2-0 at Schalke.

After sitting in sixth place on matchday 5, Augsburg have claimed just one point in their last four games and have conceded 10 goals.

Leverkusen have won all four of their Bundesliga matches against Augsburg, although FCA have always scored. Bayer 04 have also come out on top in two German Cup meetings. FC Bayern is the only other Bundesliga side that Augsburg are yet to earn a point against.

Stefan Kießling's phantom goal in Leverkusen's 2-1 win at Hoffenheim was the talking point of matchday 9.

Bayer 04 have only once had a better record after nine games than they do now (22 points, +11 goal difference). Their record in 2003/04 was 22 points and a +15 goal difference.

Bayer 04's last Bundesliga home defeat came against Bayern in March (2-1). Since then, they have won seven times and drawn twice in the BayArena. Leverkusen have scored at least once in each of their last 25 top-flight matches at home.

FCA have lost their last two Bundesliga fixtures despite taking the lead. Weinzierl's side have let 11 points slip from winning positions so far this season; league-high.

Sidney Sam is the top goalscorer and best points-scorer (goals + assists) in the league with seven goals and four assists. He has already matched his best goals-haul from the 2010/11 season.

Stefan Kießling has scored at least once in all four Bundesliga meetings with Augsburg and has collected eight scorer-points against his favourite opponents (5 goals, 3 assists).

FCA's two regular full backs, Matthias Ostrzolek and Paul Verhaegh, are suspended (5 yellow cards). Ragnar Klavan is available again following his red-card suspension.




Hannover 96 - 1899 Hoffenheim



Hannover have won their last three home games against Hoffenheim and have conceded just one goal in those matches.

Hoffenheim have scored 10 goals more than Hannover (11), but have also conceded 10 more than Hannover (12).

The 21 goals that Hoffenheim have scored after nine matchdays would be a club record if not for their tally from the 2008/09 season (24). 22 goals conceded is a record for TSG.

Hannover have lost their first four away matches without scoring. There have only been two runs like that in Bundesliga history - the last one, 42 years ago, was also by Hannover 96.

96 have never picked up more points from their first five home games in their Bundesliga history (13).

Hannover have lost just three of their last 40 home games (since May 2011).

Hoffenheim have the best chance-conversion rate in the division (21.9%). Hannover were the most-clinical side last season, together with Bayern (both 20.8%). 96 currently have only the 15th-best chance-conversion rate in the league (10.8%).

Together with Schalke, TSG have conceded the most goals from set-pieces this season (9). Hannover have scored the highest percentage of goals from set-pieces (45.5%).

Hannover have committed the most fouls this season (169) and have also picked up the most yellow cards (25).

Against no other Bundesliga side has Hoffenheim's Sejad Salihovic scored more often than against Hannover; netting four goals in seven games.

Without Mame Diouf, Hannover have scored 0.8 goals and picked up 1 point per game on average. With him, 96 have scored 1.6 goals and claimed 1.8 points per game.




VfL Wolfsburg - SV Werder Bremen



Wolfsburg have lost just one of their last six Bundesliga games against Bremen (W3, D2).

Bremen have lost just one of their last four Bundesliga games, but have shared the points in the last three. The last time this happened was between January and February 2012 (5 games without defeat).

The Wolves haven't lost any of their last three late Saturday kick-offs in the Bundesliga (W2, D1); they beat Bremen 3-0 in their last 6:30pm kick off.

Wolfsburg won their second game of the season from behind in the 2-1 victory over Augsburg. Only Schalke (7) have picked up more points from losing positions than Wolfsburg this season (6).

Bremen's 0-0 draw against Freiburg was their fourth clean sheet this season; one more than in the whole of last season.

The Wolves are currently the best tackling side in the league (54.4% of challenges won) while Bremen are the weakest (46.9% of challenges won).

Werder's games so far this season have seen the fewest goals (21), while Wolfsburg matches have produced the second fewest (23).

Diego played for Bremen between 2006 and 2009, scoring 38 goals in 84 Bundesliga games. Naldo also played in Bremen making 173 Bundesliga appearances for Werder between 2005 and 2012, scoring 22 goals in the process.

Klaus Allofs was the sporting director at Werder Bremen between 1999 and 2012, winning the league title with them in 2004 and two German Cups (2004 and 2009).

Ivica Olic has made 16 appearances in his career against Bremen - more than against any other team. Olic has claimed eight wins (D4, L4) and has scored seven goals against Bremen; more than against any other team.




Sport-Club Freiburg - Hamburger SV



The side at home has not won in the last five matches; there have been four away wins.

Leading 12-7 in terms of wins (D9, Bundesliga only), HSV have the upper hand in their head-to-head record with Freiburg. Four of the last six have been won by Freiburg though (1 draw, 1 HSV win). HSV haven't won in the last three (1 draw, 2 Freiburg wins).

Just one goal was scored in the two meetings between the two sides last season; Jonathan Schmid scored in Freiburg's away win in Hamburg.

Hamburg are undefeated under their new manager Bert van Marwijk (W1, D2) and have scored 10 goals in these three games - something HSV last achieved under Bruno Labbadia between August and September 2009.

HSV have also conceded five goals in three games under van Marwijk. With a total of 22 goals conceded (the same amount as Hoffenheim), HSV have the joint-leakiest defence in the league.

Freiburg have never had fewer points after nine games than their current tally (5) in their Bundesliga history. It was also five in the 1993/94 and 1995/96 seasons (converted to the three-points-per-win system); the club avoided relegation in both campaigns.

Freiburg have gone nine games without a win for the first time in the club's history (D5, L4) - Nürnberg are the only other side without a win. Including last season, Freiburg are without a win in 10 games - their last victory was against Fürth (2-1) on May 11th.

HSV striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga has scored five goals in his last three Bundesliga games. Lasogga has only required 280 minutes for his five goals, an average of 56 minutes per goal (the best record of any player with at least 3 goals).

Lasogga's teammate Rafael van der Vaart has been involved in nine goals (5 goals, 4 assists) - only Leverkusen's Sidney Sam has better this total (11).

Freiburg's Sebastian Freis, the club's top points-scorer (goals + assists) with two goals and three assists, is set to make his 150th Bundesliga appearance against HSV. Freis has already scored three times against HSV in the top flight - he has only scored more against TSG (4).




Borussia Mönchengladbach - Eintracht Frankfurt


Gladbach have won all four of their home games this season - in the 1987/88 campaign they set a club record by securing six straight home wins at the start of the season.

Frankfurt have only beaten Bremen (31 wins) more often than Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga (W30, D22, L26).

Gladbach have not only won five of the last six encounters between these two teams, but they have also kept a clean sheet in their last three meetings with Frankfurt. Eintracht have not scored a goal in 296 minutes against Gladbach.

The last time Eintracht recorded four consecutive Bundesliga draws was seven years ago. A draw in Gladbach would be a new record for Frankfurt (5 in a row).

Veh's team have conceded a late equaliser in their last three league games - in the 86th minute against HSV (2-2), in the 85th minute against Freiburg (1-1) and most recently in the 86th minute against Nürnberg (1-1).

Frankfurt have dropped eight points after having taken the lead. That's more than in the whole of last season after nine matchdays.

Gladbach have taken almost twice as many shots in home fixtures (6.5 per game) as in away matches (3.6 per game) - their chance-conversion rate also varies a lot (26% - 13%), as does the number of clear-cut chances created on average (3.8 - 0.8).

Martin Stranzl is unavailable following the seventh sending off in his Bundesliga history) - only Jens Nowotny has been sent off more often (8 times) in the Bundesliga than Stranzl.

As a manager, Lucien Favre has won all five of his Bundesliga meetings with Armin Veh, who made 65 Bundesliga appearances (3 goals) for Gladbach between 1979 and 1983, as well as in the 1984/85 season.

Frankfurt's new signing Vaclav Kadlec has scored four goals (plus 1 assist) in seven Bundesliga games. With 5 scorer-points (goals + assists), he leads Frankfurt's points-scorer list and is also their top goalscorer this season.


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