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Simon Gott 16th Oct 2013 - 11:16

Bundesliga Opta Facts - Match Day 9


1899 Hoffenheim - Bayer Leverkusen

Nine of the 10 Bundesliga meetings between these two sides have been won by Leverkusen (D1); who have scored 27 goals in the process (an average of 2.7 per game).

Hoffenheim have failed to beat only two of the teams they have faced in the top flight; Leverkusen and Bayern München. Against no other team in the Bundesliga have TSG suffered as many defeats as against Leverkusen (9).

40 goals have been scored in TSG's first eight games (an average of 5 per match). This is the highest average in the top five European leagues.

There have only been five previous occasions when more goals have fallen in the first eight games featuring one side than this season with Hoffenheim. The last time came in the 1984/85 season, as both Gladbach and Braunschweig had seen 41 goals in their games.

TSG have scored at least once in their last 12 Bundesliga games. The last time the side went on a similar run was between April and November 2010 (15 games at that time).

Hoffenheim have conceded at least one goal in their last 14 Bundesliga games; an unwanted club record.

Leverkusen's 19 points after eight games is a record for a side in third. Only Werder Bremen in the 1993/94 season (adjusted to the three-points-per-win system) and the 2004/05 season also had 19 points.

Only once before have Bayer 04 had more points after eight games: In 2009/10, they had 20 - they finished in fourth and had to settle for a Europa League qualifying spot. In 2003/04, they also had 19 points and a +12 goal difference (currently +10) - they finished in third.

Between them, Stefan Kießling and Sidney Sam have been directly involved in 15 of Leverkusen's 18 goals (83%).

With six goals and four assists, Sidney Sam is the sole top points-scorer (goals + assists) in the Bundesliga. Roberto Firmino (5 goals, 4 assists) is in second


Borussia Dortmund - Hannover 96

Dortmund have won 20 times in the 44 encounters (D14, L10). The last four games in Dortmund have all been won by BVB and they have scored at least three goals each time.

These two sides have met each other 44 times in the Bundesliga. There has never been a 0-0 draw and at least two goals have been scored in every game. On average, there have been 3.7 goals per game.

Hannover have kept just one clean sheet in their last 39 Bundesliga meetings with Dortmund - in a 2-0 away win in December 2005.

Dortmund suffered their first defeat of the season in Gladbach and had to give up the top spot to Bayern after leading the table for six matchdays. The 2-0 defeat also saw BVB fail to score for the first time in 31 Bundesliga games.

Hannover are in 18th place in the away table and are yet to pick up a point on the road. 96 are also waiting for their first goal away from home. Hannover have only picked up seven of a possible 45 points from their last 15 away games.

BVB have won their last four Bundesliga home games. They have scored 11 goals in the last two games in Dortmund (5-0 against Freiburg and 6-2 against Hamburg).

BVB have already had 191 shots (23.9 per game); the highest amount in all of Europe's top five leagues.

Hannover have scored 45.5% of their goals this season from set-pieces, while Dortmund have conceded 57.1% of their goals from set-pieces. Both are the highest values in the league.

Hannover have committed the most fouls this season (154) and have picked up the most yellow cards (22). BVB have seen the fewest bookings (6).

Dortmund will have to go without Mats Hummels. The best tackler in the league (75.3% of his challenges won) saw a red card against Gladbach and is suspended for one game.


FC Bayern München - 1.FSV Mainz 05

Bayern are unbeaten in their last three games against Mainz (W2 D1), winning both games last season (3-1 at home and 3-0 away). Mainz managed only one goal in those three games.

Mainz have only won one of their nine away games (7 Bundesliga, 2 German Cup) against FC Bayern (D1, L7); a 2-1 league victory on September 25th 2010.

Bayern, as they were in their record-breaking season of 2012/13, are undefeated after eight games (6 wins). Last season they lost only once; to Leverkusen on matchday 9 (2-1).

Mainz are without a win in five Bundesliga games, but did pick up a point against Hoffenheim on the last matchday after four games without any return. No other club has had as poor a run in their last five games as Mainz.

Bayern are undefeated in their last 33 Bundesliga games (W27 D6), thus continuing to add to their club record. In the history of the Bundesliga, only HSV have managed a longer run (36 games, between 1982 and 1983).

Bayern have scored in their last 45 Bundesliga games, adding to their Bundesliga record in the process. The last time that FCB went without a goal in the top flight was on matchday 31 of the 2011/12 season in a 0-0 against Mainz.

Jan Kirchhoff swapped sides in the summer of 2013. He played for Mainz for six years, from the youth teams upwards, and made 57 Bundesliga appearances for the club.

Daniel van Buyten scored his first (2004) and his most recent Bundesliga goal (November 2011) against Mainz, as well as his only Bundesliga brace. The only other side he has scored four goals against in 10 Bundesliga games is Eintracht Frankfurt.

Müller vs. Müller: Nicolai Müller leads the Bundesliga goalscoring charts with six goals. Thomas Müller is Bayern's top scorer in competitive games (7 - the same number as Robben).

Franck Ribery has not lost any of his last 38 Bundesliga games; only Holger Hieronymus in HSV colours in the 1980s has also achieved this in the history of the Bundesliga. The Frenchman could set a new record against Mainz.


SV Werder Bremen - SC Freiburg

Freiburg have lost 10 of their last 13 games against Bremen, winning just one of them back in the middle of February 2013; a 3-2 triumph in the Weserstadion.

Freiburg have conceded 73 goals in 28 Bundesliga games against Bremen (W6 D3 L19); more than against any other Bundesliga team.

Freiburg are waiting for their first win of the season after eight games; a first in the club's Bundesliga history. Including last season, that's nine games without a win (D4 L5).

Bremen have only won once in their last 10 Bundesliga home games (D4 L5); a 1-0 victory against Augsburg in their first home game of the season.

Freiburg have had six red cards in 12 games this season; the highest amount of all Bundesliga sides.

Freiburg have had the fewest number of shots (64) of all 18 Bundesliga teams. Bremen (83) have had the third fewest. Only Braunschweig (5) have scored fewer goals than Werder and Freiburg (9).

Bremen (46.4% of challenges won) and Freiburg (46%) are the sides with the two worst tackle-success rates in the Bundesliga.

Bremen manager Robin Dutt was in charge of Freiburg between 2007 and 2011, guiding them through 68 second-division and 68 top-flight games. He then left for Leverkusen, where he was fired after a 2-0 defeat to Freiburg on March 31st 2012.

Jonathan Schmid has already assisted four Freiburg goals this season; the joint-best in the league.

Werder's Cedric Makiadi played for SC Freiburg between 2009 and 2013, making 129 Bundesliga appearances and scoring 12 goals.


Eintracht Braunschweig - FC Schalke 04

Schalke have won their last three games against Braunschweig, all three of them came in the 1990/91 season. In the second division, there was a 2-1 home win and a 1-0 away win for the Royal Blues, before a dominant 4-0 second-round cup win at home.

Braunschweig have scored more goals against Schalke than against any other team in the Bundesliga. In 36 games in the top flight, Braunschweig have scored 62 goals against Schalke.

Braunschweig have won an impressive 12 of 18 Bundesliga home games against Schalke (D5) and have lost just one of those home games in the top flight; falling to a 2-1 defeat in January 1965.

On the last matchday, Braunschweig celebrated their first Bundesliga win in over 28 years or 10,353 days by beating Wolfsburg 2-0. Their last win before that came on June 1st 1985, also away from home, against KFC Uerdingen (2-1).

Across seasons and leagues, Braunschweig have not won any of their last seven home games (D4 L3). The last home win came at the end of March in the second division when they beat Dynamo Dresden 2-1.

Eintracht have the worst attack in the league (5 goals). Two reasons for this are that Braunschweig have created the fewest clear-cut chances (4) and have the worst chance conversion-rate (6.9%).

Schalke have conceded nine goals from set-pieces; the highest amount in the league. Over half of their 17 goals (53%) have been conceded this way.

New signing Adam Szalai is Schalke's top scorer after his brace against Augsburg. It also makes him the club's top points-scorer (goals + assists) with six goals and two assists this season.

Mirko Boland and Karim Bellarabi have together been involved in four of the club's five goals this season. Both have scored one and assisted two.


Eintracht Frankfurt - 1. FC Nürnberg

Frankfurt have won just one of their last five home games against Nürnberg (D3 L1). However, they have their noses in front in the head-to-head record after 54 meetings with 22 wins to 14 (18 draws).

Other than Freiburg, Nürnberg are the only side without a win after eight games. That has only happened to FCN once before in the Bundesliga, their first victory in the 1986/87 campaign came on matchday 10 (2-1 against Schalke).

Frankfurt haven't won at home in their last four Bundesliga games, including last season (D2, L2). This is Eintracht's 750th Bundesliga home match and a win would be their 400th at home in the top flight.

Nürnberg haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 16 Bundesliga matches, with their most recent one coming in a 3-0 win over Schalke in March. The last time FCN had as bad a run as this was between May and November 2005; a run that lasted 18 games.

Frankfurt have converted just 26% of their clear-cut chances this season, the worst record in the league.

Nurnberg have allowed the most shots (157, almost 20 per game) and are only one of three sides (Freiburg and Hoffenheim) yet to keep a clean sheet. They have also conceded eight goals in their last two games.

Michael Wiesinger lost just one of his first 11 Bundesliga games with FCN but won just two of his last 14. His win percentage of 24% was the second worst in Nürnberg's Bundesliga history (Wolfgang Wolf 22% - only includes managers in charge for at least 20 games).

Nürnberg's Timothy Chandler was born in Frankfurt and played for Eintracht between 2001 and 2010. Opposition player Martin Lanig was in 1. FC Nürnberg's U17s (1999-2001).

Johannes Flum is suspended for the match against FCN due to his sending off in Freiburg.


Hertha BSC Berlin - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Hertha have not won in their last five competitive meetings (4 Bundesliga, 1 German Cup) with Gladbach (D2 L3) and have scored just two goals in those five games.

Hertha have lost just one of their last 22 home games (W16, D5 - includes the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga). Stuttgart were the side to beat them, winning 1-0 in Berlin on matchday 5. It was Jos Luhukay's first home defeat as Hertha manager.

Gladbach have not won any of their four away games so far this season (D1 L3); they have won all four of their home games though.

The last time Gladbach won two consecutive Bundesliga games within one campaign was in February 2012 (a 3-0 win against Schalke followed by a 2-1 victory in Kaiserslautern).

Borussia Mönchengladbach are the best team in the league in terms of tackling (54.5% of challenges won). Last season, Gladbach won just 50.2% of their tackles.

Thanks to their 2-0 home win against Dortmund on the last matchday, Gladbach sit in the top four for the first time this season.

Between 2010 and 2012, Ronny and Raffael played together at Hertha. They parted ways after Berlin were relegated. Now the two Brazilian brothers will face each other for the first time in their professional careers.

Jos Luhukay was relegated to the second division with Gladbach in 2007. He secured direct promotion the following season but was sacked after matchday 7 of the 2008/09 campaign (just one win left his side in 18th place).

Lucien Favre was the Hertha manager between 2007 and 2009 (75 Bundesliga games: W32 D14 L29) - he is undefeated against his former club (2 wins and 1 draw against Hertha, both with Gladbach).


Hamburger SV - VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart are unbeaten in the Bundesliga under Schneider (W3 D2), as are Hamburg under van Marwijk (W1 D1), which includes their recent 5-0 victory over Nürnberg.

Stuttgart have won their last two away games at HSV without conceding (4-0 win in March 2012, 1-0 win in October 2012). The last home win for Hamburg against VfB was on November 27th 2010 (4-2).

Hamburg have won 42 Bundesliga matches against Stuttgart (96 meetings in total); a league-best for HSV. The only side that VfB have lost to more often is Bayern (55 times).

The last draw between the two sides was almost ten years ago (0-0 in December 2003). Since then there have been ten wins each (19 Bundesliga games, 1 German Cup match).

Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored the quickest hat-trick by an away player in Bundesliga history during Hamburg's 5-0 win over Nürnberg on matchday 8.

Lasogga, on loan from Hertha, has scored five goals in five competitive matches or 274 minutes for HSV, meaning he has scored a goal every 55 minutes.

Rafael van der Vaart set up two of Lasogga's three goals against FCN and even scored the opening goal himself. The Dutchman is HSV's top points-scorer (goals + assists) with four goals and four assists in eight appearances so far in the Bundesliga this season.

Vedad Ibisevic is the most prolific Bundesliga player this season (11 goals in 14 competitive matches). The Bosnian has netted in three of his side's four Bundesliga away games.

Bert van Marwijk only won one of his five meetings with Stuttgart as the Dortmund manager (D2 L2). He was also knocked out of the 2000/01 UEFA Cup against Stuttgart (then with Thomas Schneider as a player) as manager of Feyenoord.

HSV and VfB are the set-piece specialists of the division (7 goals each from dead-ball situations; a league-high). Stuttgart's haul of five headed goals is also a league best, with HSV in second together with Leverkusen (4 headers each).


FC Augsburg - VfL Wolfsburg

Against no other team have Augsburg played as often in the Bundesliga without losing than against VfL Wolfsburg. In four games they have recorded two wins and two draws.

The 2-0 win against Wolfsburg on matchday 14 of the 2011/12 season was Augsburg's first ever Bundesliga home victory and only their second Bundesliga win.

Wolfsburg have lost all four away games this season scoring just a single goal. Overall, Hecking's team have not won away from home in their last six Bundesliga games (D2 L4). Their last away win was a 3-0 victory in Bremen on April 20th.

FCA have collected just one point in their last three league games. However, in total they have already collected more points so far this season (10) than in the entire first half of the 2012/13 campaign (9).

Augsburg have won five of their last seven home games; FCA had never collected 16 points from seven consecutive home games before.

Augsburg and Wolfsburg have scored just nine goals this season; only Braunschweig have scored fewer (5). Furthermore, only Braunschweig (6.9%) have a poorer chance-conversion rate than FCA (9.0%) and VfL (9.9%).

Wolfsburg's Ja-Cheol Koo was on loan at Augsburg between January 2012 and the summer of 2013, making 36 appearances and scoring eight goals. On Augsburg's side, both Daniel Baier and Marwin Hitz have a history at Wolfsburg.

Augsburg's Ragnar Klavan will be unavailable after his red card against Schalke. The centre back had been in the starting XI in each of his side's competitive matches this season.

Sascha Mölders was Augsburg's top goalscorer last season with 10 goals. On matchday 8 against Schalke, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in over 15 hours.

Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking has played against Augsburg in six games as a manager (4 in the Bundesliga, 2 in the relegation play-off) and is yet to lose (W3 D3). In these six games, Hecking's teams have conceded just one goal.



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