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Simon Gott 29th Jan 2015 - 15:22

Bundesliga Opta Facts Matchday 18

VfL Wolfsburg - FC Bayern München

  • Wolfsburg have won just under 8% of their 39 competitive meetings with Bayern, winning three and losing 30 times. The Wolves have lost each of their last eight games against FCB in all competitions - their worst run against them in BL history.
  • The first BL fixture after the winter break is 1st vs 2nd for just the third time in the league's history. Bayern were also involved in the two previous occurrences, but their opponents went on to win the title each time (1860 München in 1966, Kaiserslautern in 1998).
  • Since there has regularly been an opening fixture after the winter break (2003/04), the league leader has been involved six times (W5, L1). The only defeat for a table topper was suffered by Bayern in 2011/12 against Gladbach (3-1).
  • Wolfsburg (34 points) and Bayern (45 points) are not only the top two sides so far this season, but the top two sides for the calendar year 2014 (VfL 64 points, FCB 91).
  • 11 points separate Wolfsburg and table toppers Bayern - the biggest ever gap at the top at the halfway point and also the furthest adrift that a side that then went on to win the title has ever been. VfL were 11 points back in 2008/09, before eventually lifting the trophy.
  • With just four goals conceded in the first half of the season, Bayern smashed the old league record (7 goals let in before the winter break, set by FCB in 2012/13 and VfB in 2003/04).
  • VfL have scored in each of their last 12 BL games, the best current goalscoring run in the league. Their streak of 14 top-flight home games without defeat is also a league best at present - VfL last lost on home soil against Bayern (6-1 in March 2014).
  • Wolfsburg's tallies of eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (the same as Gladbach), nine headed goals (the same as Schalke) and 10 goals from defenders are all league bests.
  • Arjen Robben has had a hand in 12 goals in 10 competitive games against Wolfsburg (seven goals, five assists), with his record in those matches nine wins and one draw. Robben has been involved in a goal every 56 minutes on average in those fixtures.
  • Ivica Olic made 55 BL appearances for Bayern from 2009 to 2012 (13 goals), before joining VfL. Luiz Gustavo made the same switch in summer 2013 after 64 BL games in two-and-a-half years at FCB (six goals).

VfB Stuttgart - Borussia Mönchengladbach

  • Bogey team: Gladbach have won just three of their 33 Bundesliga meetings with Stuttgart since 1995/96 (D13, L17). Borussia have only lost more BL games against Bayern (45) than they have against VfB (37).
  • Mönchengladbach are still battling on three fronts after the winter break for the first time in 28 years. That last happened in 1986/87, when they finished third in the Bundesliga and reached the semi-finals of both the UEFA Cup and the DFB Cup.
  • Stuttgart have the worst home record in the league - they've picked up just five points from their eight games on home soil. Never before have VfB scored as few goals (4) or conceded as many goals (16) after eight home matches as they currently have.
  • VfB have failed to score in their last four BL home games for the first time since 1999. They've never gone five home games without a goal in the top flight.
  • Gladbach have picked up just one of a possible 12 points from their last four away games (D1, L3). The Foals' last win on the road was a 3-0 victory in Hannover on matchday 8.
  • Yann Sommer and his defensive teammates haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight BL games. No other club has been waiting longer than five matches for a clean sheet (FC Augsburg).
  • Only Schalke (278) have allowed more shots this season than Gladbach (269) and Stuttgart (261). However, VfB (32) have conceded exactly twice as many goals as Borussia (16).
  • This is a meeting between the league's two oldest managers. Huub Stevens (61) took over from Lucien Favre (57) as the BL's oldest coach on his return to the German top flight.
  • Martin Stranzl joined Stuttgart in summer 2004. He moved to Spartak Moscow in 2006, before signing for Gladbach in January 2011. Stranzl made 44 BL appearances for VfB, scoring one goal.
  • Ibrahima Traore, who is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Guinea, joined the Foals from VfB on a free in summer 2014. He played 75 BL games for Stuttgart, scoring six goals and assisting a further 12.


FC Schalke 04 - Hannover 96

  • Schalke have lost just one of their last 14 home league and cup games against Hannover (W11, D2) - a 2-1 defeat on 28th August 2010. S04 have won each of their last three home meetings with 96.
  • Of the 51 Bundesliga meetings between the two sides, Schalke have won 25 and Hannover 16 (10 draws) - none of those games have ever ended goalless.
  • Only Bayern (18) have picked up more points from the last six games than S04 (13). However, Schalke haven't won either of their last two home matches (2-1 loss to Köln, 0-0 draw with Hamburg).
  • Hannover kept seven clean sheets in the first half of the campaign (the same as HSV) - only Bayern kept more (13). 96 recorded just six clean sheets in the whole of last season.
  • The Royal Blues have lost just two of their last 22 BL fixtures immediately following the winter break (W16, D4). Schalke have won their first top-flight game after the turn of the year in each of the last three seasons, including a 5-4 win over Hannover in 2013.
  • The Lower Saxony club have only lost one of their last five away games (W2, D2) - a 4-3 defeat in Hoffenheim. 96 won a total of six away games under Tayfun Korkut in 2014, more than in the previous two years under Mirko Slomka (5 in total).
  • 96 have scored at least twice in each of their last four away games, equalling a club record (most recently from 1976 to 1985, a run broken up by their relegation in 1976)
  • Max Meyer could make his 50th BL appearance and at 19 years and 135 days old, he would be the third-youngest player to do so in the league's history. The only players that were younger are Julian Draxler (19 years, 5 days) and Marc Andre Kruska (19 years, 113 days).
  • Lars Stindl has been involved in five goals in his last five games (three goals, two assists). Without Stindl, who missed a good chunk of the first half of the season, 96 have scored just 0.7 goals per game on average, while they have netted 2.0 goals per game with their captain.
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was involved in 13 goals in the first half of the campaign (nine goals, four assists), the second most in the league behind Frankfurt's Alex Meier (14).
  • Joselu has scored at least once in each of his last five BL games (six goals in total) and is after the club record held by Hans Siemensmeyer, who netted in seven straight BL games in 1970.

FSV Mainz 05 - SC Paderborn

  • SC Paderborn celebrated their Bundesliga debut in their 2-2 draw with Mainz in the first half of the season. They just missed out on their first BL win too, with Koo's penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time earning FSV a point.
  • Paderborn were top of the table after matchday 4, followed by Mainz. The two sides have since slipped into the bottom half of the standings. The 05ers are without a win in nine games, SCP in seven - the two longest winless streaks in the league.
  • In a table representing only the last seven matchdays, Mainz and Paderborn would take up the bottom two places with just four points each to their name
  • SCP's only win on the road so far came in their away debut in Hamburg (3-0, otherwise D3, L4). Paderborn scored as many goals in that game as they have in their other seven away matches combined (3).
  • Mainz have already dropped 14 points from winning positions, a league high. 10 of those 14 points thrown away after taking the lead have been squandered in home games.
  • FSV are league draw specialists together with Freiburg (9 draws each). Mainz have never drawn as many games in the first half of a season as they did in this campaign.
  • Only 37% of Mainz's goals have come in the second half (7 of 19) - proportionally, a league low. Paderborn have scored 76% of their goals after the break (16 of 21), a league-high share.
  • Mainz were unbeaten in their six games with Dortmund loanee Jonas Hofmann in the side (W3, D3) - they are without a win in the 11 matches without him (D6, L5).
  • Mario Vrancic played in Mainz 05's youth setup and also made the step up to the first team there. He made his debut in a 5-2 away loss to Bayern München on 19th May 2007. It remained his only BL game for FSV.


Hamburger SV - 1. FC Köln

  • HSV have won seven of their last 10 competitive home games against Köln (D1, L2). However, the Billy Goats won 4-3 in August 2011 in the last BL meeting between the two sides in Hamburg.
  • There have been 31 goals scored in the seven BL meetings between HSV and Köln in the last five years. No top-flight match-up that has taken place more than five times since 2009/10 has produced more goals on average (4.43 per game, the same as Bayern vs. Hertha).
  • HSV (9 goals) and Köln (17, the same as Freiburg) have scored the fewest goals in the league, have produced the fewest clear-cut chances (22 and 21 respectively) and have played out the most 0-0 draws (4 each, the same as Mainz).
  • Hamburg were the lowest ranking BL side in 2014, collecting a total of just 28 points (excludes promoted and relegated sides) - HSV have only been worse in a complete calendar year of Bundesliga football in 1967 (27 points, converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • HSV's current tally of nine goals after 17 games is a record low in their top-flight history. Only the 1988/89 Eintracht Frankfurt side and Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66 have scored fewer goals at this stage (8).
  • Köln have won three of their last five away games (2 defeats) and have collected 13 of their 19 points on their travels - only Bayern have picked up more points on the road (18).
  • The Billy Goats' 2-1 loss in Wolfsburg on matchday 17 was the fourth time this season that they have lost after taking the lead - a league high. Only Mainz (14) have dropped more points from winning positions than Köln (12, the same as Freiburg), who would be third if they had held on to those wins.
  • Hamburg have collected just one point from their last four meetings with promoted teams and have won just two of their last 10 (D2, L6) - HSV have also failed to score in six of those 10 matches.
  • Of their last nine league games following the turn of the year (either matchday 18 in the BL or matchday 20 in the second division), Köln have recorded just one win (D4, L4) - a 2-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the 2. Bundesliga in February 2013.
  • HSV chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer ended his BL playing career at 1. FC Köln (16 BL games in 1995/96). His first BL goal led HSV to a 1-0 win over Köln on 15th November 1986.


Sport-Club Freiburg - Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Against no other current BL side have Frankfurt collected more points on average than they have against Freiburg (1.57 per game). The Eagles have won 11 of their 23 meetings, although nine have ended in defeat (3 draws).
  • Frankfurt have the league's second-best attack (34 goals scored) and have netted twice as many goals as Freiburg (17, the same as Köln), who have the second-worst attack. Even Alex Meier (13) and Haris Seferovic (7) between them have scored three goals more than SCF.
  • Eintracht's matches have produced the most goals (68). The last time the Eagles scored at least 34 goals in the first half of the season was in 1993/94 (also 34), while they last let in at least 34 goals after 17 games in 1984/85 (38 goals conceded).
  • SCF have let in five goals in the final three minutes of games, costing them victory each time. That means they've dropped 10 points in the last three minutes of games alone. They last threw away a win in that timeframe on matchday 17 against Hannover (2-2 draw).
  • Freiburg have never lost their first top-flight game after the winter break when it's been at home (W6, D2) - including their 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen last season, SCF have won each of their last four home fixtures on matchday 18.
  • SCF are without a win in six games (D2, L4) - their last victory came against Schalke on matchday 11 (2-0). Only Mainz (9 games) and Paderborn (7) have been waiting longer for a win at present.
  • After Hannover's last-minute equaliser on matchday 17, SCF slipped to the foot of the table for the first time this season. Freiburg have the best points tally for a last-placed side after 17 games since the 2000/01 season (Cottbus with 17 points).
  • Christian Streich made his debut in the dugout almost exactly three years ago. Freiburg have always collected at least 22 points in the second half of the season with him in charge and have always had their Bundesliga safety confirmed after matchday 32 at the latest.
  • Marc-Oliver Kempf, who turned 20 three days before the game, faces his former club and is eyeing his first BL win. Kempf still hasn't tasted victory after 16 top-flight games (D8, L8) - all five of his Bundesliga games for Frankfurt ended in defeat.
  • Alexander Meier leads the goalscoring charts with 13 goals to his name. His tally of 18 BL goals in 2014 also made him the top scorer in the calendar year.


Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Borussia Dortmund

  • Leverkusen haven't won any of their last seven home games against Borussia Dortmund (D4, L3) - Bayer 04 haven't been waiting longer for a victory on home soil against any other current Bundesliga side (since May 2007, a 2-1 win).
  • Dortmund spent the winter break in a direct relegation spot for the first time in their BL history and are having their second-worst season after 1971/72 (14 points, converted to the 3-points-per-win system), the only campaign that saw them relegated.
  • Bayer 04 have the worst points tally for a third-placed team at the halfway point since Stuttgart in 1995/96 (also 28 points) - since the three-points-per-win system was introduced, no third-placed BL side has had fewer points after 17 games.
  • With just four points to their name, BVB have the worst away record in the league and have lost seven of their last eight matches on the road (1 draw). The last time Dortmund went eight away games without a win was in 2003 (a run of 11 games).
  • Apart from Bayern and Wolfsburg, Leverkusen are the only Bundesliga side yet to lose at home. However, Bayer 04 have shared the points on five occasions.
  • BVB haven't lost any of their last 10 games immediately following the winter break (W7, D3) - their last defeat after the turn of the year was a 1-0 loss to S04 in 2004.
  • Defeat in Leverkusen would be Dortmund's 500th loss in their Bundesliga history.
  • Each of the last eight goals that Bayer 04 have conceded have come from set pieces. BVB have scored just four goals from dead balls though (only HSV have netted fewer: 3) - Dortmund had scored 34 times from set plays at the end of the 2013/14 season.
  • Jürgen Klopp is unbeaten in his last eight away games in Leverkusen as a BL manager (6 with BVB, 2 with Mainz), with his only defeat there a 2-0 loss with Mainz 05 in February 2005.
  • Kevin Kampl played in Bayer 04's youth department from 1997 to 2008 and also played one Europa League game for Leverkusen. He worked under Roger Schmidt at RB Salzburg between 2012 and 2014 and won the league and cup double in Austria in 2013/14.
  • Karim Bellarabi (65) and Hakan Calhanoglu (64), who is set for his 50th BL game, had the most shots in the first half of the season.


SV Werder Bremen - Hertha BSC

  • Hertha's last win in Bremen came back in March 2006 (3-0). Since then, Werder have won all six of their home fixtures against Berlin with a goal record of 17-6 in their favour.
  • Berlin have only lost as many away top-flight games against Bayern as they have against Bremen (23 each), and they have only conceded more BL goals away at FCB (84) than they have in Bremen (77).
  • Werder's tally of 17 points after 17 games is their worst in 19 years. They also had as few in 1995/96, while they have only had fewer in the 1972/73 and 1974/75 campaigns (15 in both, converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • Hertha failed to register back-to-back BL wins in the calendar year of 2014. That was mainly down to their poor away form, with them securing victory in just one of their last 14 matches on the road (D4, L9).
  • Bremen have collected 13 points from eight games since Viktor Skripnik took charge in late October (W4, D1, L3). SVW have also remained unbeaten at home since then (W3, D1).
  • With 39 goals conceded, Bremen have the leakiest defence in the league. They have also never let in as many goals after 17 games before.
  • Hertha have let in nine goals in their last two BL games and, with 35 goals conceded in total, they had the second-worst defence in the first half of the season.
  • Berlin had the worst pass accuracy in the league in the first half of the season (68.1%). Bremen's wasn't much better though at 69.0% (16th).
  • SVW's Zlatko Junuzovic is the second-best assist provider in the league together with Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino (six each - VfL's Kevin De Bruyne has 10). He has also been involved in six goals in his last seven games (three goals, three assists).
  • Werder's Davie Selke has scored in each of his last three home games and has had a hand in a total of five goals in those matches (three goals, two assists).
  • Hertha players Peter Pekarik (99 BL games) and Ronny (49) could reach milestones in Bremen. Hajime Hosogai has picked up five yellow cards and is suspended.


FC Augsburg - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

  • Hoffenheim have secured 2-0 home wins in the last two Bundesliga meetings between the two sides, but FCA have won the two most recent encounters in Augsburg (2-0, 2-1).
  • With 27 points collected, Augsburg had the best first half of a season in their club history. Their previous best was 24 points before the winter break (2013/14).
  • TSG (26 points) had the second-best first half of a season in their history. They have only been better before the winter break in 2008/09 (35 points), when they sat top at Christmas.
  • In a Bundesliga table for the calendar year of 2014, FCA sit fourth with 55 points behind only Bayern (91), Wolfsburg (64) and Schalke (63).
  • FCA have won six of their last seven BL home games, with the other game ending in defeat to Bayern (4-0). Only FCB (27 points) and Wolfsburg (23) have collected more points at home this season than Weinzierl's men (18, the same as Gladbach and Schalke).
  • Hoffenheim won just three of their 17 BL away games in 2014 (D7, L7). Their final away fixture of the year ended in a 5-0 victory in Berlin though - their biggest ever top-flight win.
  • FCA are the only team not to have dropped points after going in front (nine wins). Going behind doesn't faze them either: Their tally of 12 points accrued from losing positions is a league-high. They have won four games after going behind - no other side has won more than two.
  • Hoffenheim haven't started with a win after the winter break in any of the last five seasons (D2, L3) and have failed to score in that fixture in the last three campaigns.
  • While every other team drew at least three times in the first half of the season, Augsburg didn't share the spoils once (W9, L8).
  • Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino scored or assisted 23 goals in the calendar year of 2014 (12 goals, 11 assists), the outright highest tally in the Bundesliga.
  • New FCA signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has lost just one of his 17 BL games (W13, D3) - a 1-0 defeat to Augsburg in April 2014.



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