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Jon Riley 6th Dec 2012 - 12:54

Bundesliga Opta Facts - Matchday 16

Hamburger SV v 1899 Hoffenheim

  • In all eight BL-meetings between Hamburg and Hoffenheim there has never been a victory for the respective away team (3 home wins each, 2 draws).
  • The respective home team has kept a clean sheet in six of the eight meetings. Never have the home team conceded more than one goal.
  • Never before have Hoffenheim had as few victories (three) and points (twelve) after their first 15 games as currently. Never have they conceded as many goals as currently (36).
  • Hoffenheim have won none of their last five BL games and lost their last four. They have never lost more than four games in a row in their BL history.
  • Hamburg have won their last two home games. They have never won three home games in a row since August/September 2009 (four home victories in a row).
  • Hoffenheim have conceded as many as 17 goals following a set-piece situation (no other team more than 9). That's already more than they conceded in their entire 2011/12 campaign after set-pieces (16).
  • Hoffenheim have won only one of their 12 BL matches that have been played place on a Friday (D5, L6).
  • Hamburg have faced 252 shots (Hoffenheim, 183) so far this season in the BL. The Bundesliga average this season is 186.
  • Hoffenheim dismissed Markus Babbel as their head coach on December 3rd 2012. With Babbel, the team had gained 1 point per game (29 BL matches) on average. He has been replaced by Frank Kramer, who had coached Hoffenheim's reserve team.
  • Hamburg's 2-0 home victory over Hoffenheim in 2011/12 was the team's first BL win under Thorsten Fink as head coach.

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1. FC Nürnberg v Fortuna Düsseldorf

  • Düsseldorf have never won a BL game at Nürnberg (L10 D1). In these eleven matches, Nürnberg have always scored at least twice (altogether they have scored 32 goals; on average 2.9 per game).
  • However, Düsseldorf have won the last four competitive games against Nürnberg (two in the German Cup, two in BL2). Nürnberg only scored one goal in these four games.
  • Only one of the 22 BL meetings between these two sides have resulted in a victory for the away team: Almost exactly 21 years ago, Nürnberg won at Düsseldorf (2-1).
  • Nürnberg have lost none of their last four home games (W2 D2), and they have conceded only three goals in these four matches.
  • A player has been red carded in six of Düsseldorf's last seven Bundesliga matches.
  • After losing four Bundesliga matches in a row, newly-promoted Düsseldorf have only lost one of their last five matches in the competition (W2 D2).
  • However, Düsseldorf have only gained one point from of their last four BL away games (L3 D1).
  • Düsseldorf have gained 18 points out of their first 15 BL games in 2012/13. They had exactly the same record as a newly-promoted team in 1966/67 - that season eventually resulted in their relegation.
  • Düsseldorf striker Stefan Reisinger has scored one goal in each of his last three matches.
  • Javier Pinola has collected 55 yellows in his BL career with Nürnberg. The defender is short of another one to tie with Andreas Wolf who still holds the record in Nürnberg's BL history (56 yellows).
  • Nürnberg's Dieter Hecking has won none of his five managerial meetings with Düsseldorf's Norbert Meier (L3 D2 as coach of Aachen and Lübeck vs. Meier's former club MSV Duisburg).

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Borussia Dortmund v VfL Wolfsburg

  • These teams have met in 30 BL games. Only Bayern München have collected more victories (23) over Wolfsburg than Dortmund (W17 D7 L6).
  • Wolfsburg haven't won any of their last six meetings with Dortmund (L5 D1). They conceded 17 goals in these six matches (on average 2.8 per game) and scored only four goals themselves.
  • Wolfsburg have currently won just 16 points. This is their worst record after 15 BL matches in a season in their club history.
  • Dortmund have lost only one of their last 21 BL home games (W16 D4). However, they have only won one of their last four BL home games (L1 D2).
  • Only four BL teams have gained more points on the road in 2012/13 than Wolfsburg (10). They have gained 63% of their BL points (10 of 16) as an away team.
  • Wolfsburg haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last twelve BL games (only Frankfurt longer, 13). Dortmund haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last five BL games.
  • Wolfsburg haven't scored in eight of their BL games this season (like Fürth), which is the worst offensive performance of all BL teams in 2012/13. They haven't scored in five of their last seven games on the road.
  • Dortmund's Mario Götze has directly contributed to six goals in his last six BL matches (3 goals, 3 assists).
  • Dormund's keeper Roman Weidenfeller was the man of the match in the 1-1 at München last week. He made some extraordinary saves (altogether four) and he has the best ratio of all BL keepers when it comes to saving opponents' big chances (50%).
  • Diego hasn't directly contributed to a goal in his last four BL matches. However, he had a hand in 12 shots versus Hamburg last week (3 shots, 9 chances created). In 2012/13, only Diego and Bayern München's Thomas Müller have had a hand in 12 shots within one game.

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FC Augsburg v FC Bayern München

  • Augsburg lost both meetings with Bayern in 2011/12 with a 1-2 score line.
  • Both teams will meet again at Augsburg in the German Cup (last 16) 10 days after this match.
  • Augsburg will be playing their 50th BL match (P49 W9 D19 L21 currently) in this fixture.
  • Augsburg have gone without a victory in their last eight BL matches (L5 D3). They would set up a new club record with a ninth game without win.
  • Augsburg have gained six of their eight points at home. Only Fürth have gained fewer points at home (2) than Augsburg (6, like Wolfsburg).
  • Bayern have won eight of their last nine away matches (D1). Their last defeat on the road came in April 2012 at Dortmund (0-1).
  • Should Bayern München win their next two games against Augsburg and Mönchengladbach, they'll tie the all time BL record of 44 points in the first half of the season (Bayern set up this record themselves; 2005/06).
  • Bayern have won eleven of their twelve BL matches following a midweek Champions League game.
  • Augsburg's Markus Weinzierl (37 years old) is currently the youngest BL coach, Bayern's Jupp Heynckes (67) the oldest.
  • Augsburg's Markus Weinzierl has gained on average 0.53 points per game - this is the lowest average of all current BL coaches.
  • Augsburg midfielder Andreas Ottl appeared in 92 BL matches for Bayern München between 2005 and 2011 (5 goals).

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SC Freiburg v SpVgg Greuther Fürth

  • Fürth have won none of their last eight competitive matches against Freiburg (all in BL2: D5 L3). Their last victory over Freiburg came more than nine years ago (April 25th 2003, 4-0 at home).
  • These teams have met in 16 BL2 matches, with nine of them resulting in a draw.
  • Freiburg have lost only one of their last six BL matches - 0-2 at home vs. Bayern München (W2 D3).
  • Fürth have won none of their last 13 BL games (D5 L8). No other team in the top flight have currently been waiting for a BL victory as long as Fürth.
  • Fürth have gained six of their eight points in 2012/13 on the road. Their first and only BL victory came on MD 2 at Mainz (1-0).
  • Freiburg have never conceded as few goals after their first 15 games as currently (17). The had conceded 31 after their first 15 games in 2011/12.
  • Fürth have been waiting for a goal for 355 minutes (more than three games). Their club record in BL is 371 minutes without a goal.
  • Only six teams in BL history (50 years) have scored fewer goals in their first 15 matches than Fürth (currently 10). The last teams were Hertha BSC (Berlin) with nine and 1. FC Köln with seven (both in 2009/10).
  • Freiburg have conceded five goals in their last six BL games (like Dortmund) - only Bayern München have a better record with only two goals conceded during that period.
  • Only Augsburg (16) have created fewer big chances than Fürth (17). No other team have allowed as many big chances for the opposition than Fürth (45).
  • Fürth also have the worst conversion rate of big chances in BL: 23.5%.
  • Freiburg are the only BL team in 2012/13 who have already seen three of their players suspended due to five yellow cards. They had only three players missing due to their fifth yellow in the entire 2011/12 campaign.

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VfB Stuttgart v FC Schalke 04

  • Stuttgart have lost only four of their 42 home games against Schalke (W28 D10). The total goal difference in these games is +62 for Stuttart (84-22).
  • Stuttgart have kept a clean sheet in nine of their last twelve home games against Schalke (W8 D3 L1).
  • Stuttgart have won three of their last four BL matches (L1). They are currently 7th in the table, which is the best position they have had so far in 2012/13.
  • For the first time in Huub Steven's second term as Schalke coach the team have gone without a victory in four BL matches in a row (L2 D2).
  • Stuttgart have gained only eight of their 22 points at home. In 2011/12, the team had only lost four of their 17 home games.
  • Schalke have collected only eight of their 25 points on the road. They have conceded 13 of their 19 goals in away matches and they have lost their last three BL away games.
  • Stuttgart's striker Vedad Ibisevic has scored 14 competitive goals in this season (7 in Bundesliga, 5 in Europa League and 2 in German Cup). No other BL player has scored more competitive goals than him in 2012/13 (Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski also 14).
  • Schalke's striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored only five BL goals in 2012/13. He had scored 13 goals in the first 15 matches in 2011/12.
  • No other BL player has missed more big chances in 2012/13 than Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (13).

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Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen

  • Frankfurt have won 29 BL matches against Bremen (only vs. Mönchengladbach have they won more, 30).
  • However, they have a negative total record against Bremen: W29 D17 L38.
  • No other team won as many Bundesliga matches at Frankfurt as Bremen (13).
  • Bremen haven't won any of their last four BL matches against Frankfurt (L2 D2).
  • Frankfurt lost at home against Mainz (1-3) on MD14, this after they had been unbeaten in their previous seven BL home games in 2012/13 (W5 D2).
  • Bremen have not able to win back-to-back BL games in 2012. Their last back-to-back victory came on MD 11 and 12 in 2011/12.
  • Frankfurt haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 13 matches, this is currently the longest streak in the Bunesliga.
  • Frankfurt have scored 14 of their last 16 goals at home. They have scored in every home game in 2012/13.
  • Werder Bremen have scored in each of their last eleven BL away matches. However, they haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 15 BL away games.
  • Werder Bremen's striker Marko Arnautovic scored his first BL hattrick last week in a 4-1 away win at Hoffenheim. He has directly contributed to nine goals (5 goals, 4 assists) which makes him Bremen's top scorer (like Aaron Hunt).
  • Frankfurt's Karim Matmour will miss today's game due to his red card last week against Düsseldorf. Matmour recently became the first player in BL history who was sent off two times within only seven days.
  • Frankfurt's Pirmin Schwegler and Carlos Zambrano missed the last game due to their respective fifth yellow card suspensions but both will return today. All of Frankfurt's seven victories came with Schwegler and Zambrano in the starting line-up.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach v 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • Mainz have won five of their twelve BL meetings with Borussia Mönchengladbach (L4 D3).
  • However, Mainz have only won one of their six away games at Mönchengladbach (L3 D2 and a 3-2 victory in November 2010). They have never kept a clean sheet at Mönchengladbach.
  • Mönchengladbach have only lost one of their last seven BL matches (W3 D3 and a 1-2 home loss vs. Stuttgart on MD 12).
  • Four of Mönchengladbach's five BL victories in 2012/13 came directly after a Europa League match during mid-week. They have lost none of their seven BL matches that followed a Europa League match (W4 D3).
  • Mainz have won their last two BL matches. They haven't won three in a row since April to August 2011 (W5).
  • Mönchengladbach have already conceded more goals in their 15 BL matches in 2012/13 (25) than in their entire 2011/12 campaign (24, which made them the second-best defensive team after Bayern in that season).
  • Mainz have conceded 18 goals in their first 15 BL matches this season. Only in 2010/11 did they have a better defensive record (16 goals in their first 15 matches).
  • Mönchengladbach have scored in any of their seven home games. However, the team had to take more home losses in 2012/13 than in their entire 2011/12 campaign (1).
  • Mainz players Eugen Polanski (1994-2008), Yunus Malli (2007-2011) and Bo Svensson (2006-2007) have all played for Mönchengladbach in the past. Polanski appeared in 44 BL games for the club, Svensson in 32 (Malli only for the reserve team).
  • Mainz striker Adam Szalai had been waiting for a BL goal for 474 minutes until he scored last week. No other player has scored more BL goals in 2012/13 than Szalai (nine goals, like four other players).

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Hannover 96 v Bayer Leverkusen

  • Leverkusen have won 13 of their 26 BL meetings with Hannover (D9 L4).
  • Leverkusen have lost only one of their last 10 BL meetings with Hannover (W6 D3). They have kept a clean sheet in eight of these games.
  • Hannover have won none of their last six duels with Leverkusen.
  • Hannover have lost none of their last four home games against Leverkusen (W1 D3). However, they only had one home victory in their last eleven BL home games with Leverkusen (D7 L3).
  • On average, Hannover have only gained 1.08 points per home game vs. Leverkusen. Against no other BL team have the gained as few points at home.
  • Both teams met in Hannover on MD 16 almost exactly one year ago (December 10th 2011; result: 0-0).
  • Leverkusen have played with the same starting XI in their last four games. They have won each of them.
  • Both teams have scored 28 BL goals in 2012/13 which make them the third-best offensive teams this season. However, Leverkusen have already gained 30 points, Hannover only 20.
  • No Bundesliga teams have gone longer without a draw than Hannover (eight games without draw) and Leverkusen (seven, like Mainz).
  • Leverkusen's head coach Sascha Lewandowski has currently gained on average 2.1 points per game, which is the best record of all coaches in BL history (considering only coaches with at least 15 games).
  • Mirko Slomka will coach his 100th BL game for Hannover. He is short of another two games to tie the club record with Dieter Hecking, who coached 101 BL games for Hannover.
  • Hannover's defender Karim Haggui started his BL career for Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 (59 games, 3 goals). He will miss today's match due to suspension.
  • Hannover's Mame Diouf has scored in nine of his eleven home games for Hannover (on average 0.9 per game). He has scored each of his 10 Bundesliga goals at home.



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