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Jon Riley 21st Feb 2013 - 12:06

Bundesliga Opta Facts: Matchday 23

SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Freiburg have won only one of their last six competitive matches against Frankfurt (D1 L4 along with a 1-0-victory at Frankfurt in September 2010).
  • Frankfurt have collected 1.63 points on average against Freiburg which makes them their second favourite opponent (of all current top flight teams) after Dusseldorf (1.74 points on average; only including only clubs which they have met at least two times).
  • Freiburg can overtake Frankfurt with a victory, due to their better goal difference, and move into fourth spot. They haven't been in the top four since 2010/11 (matchday 12).
  • Freiburg have lost only one of their last nine competitive matches (W5 D3 and a 2-1 loss at Hoffenheim on matchday 20).
  • Freiburg have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six home games. They haven't conceded a goal at home in 281 minutes (three games in a row) and the team could now set a new club record with their fourth clean sheet in a row at home.
  • Frankfurt haven't scored for 234 minutes. This is the first time this season that they haven't scored in two games in a row.
  • Collecting 37 points so far, Frankfurt are enjoying their best season in 20 years (1992/93: 41 points after 22 games).
  • No club has scored more goals from distance than Freiburg (eight). However, Frankfurt have conceded only one of their last 20 goals from long-range.
  • Max Kruse has been involved in five of Freiburg's last eight goals (two goals, three assists) which makes him their top scorer. However, Kruse has lost all his three previous Bundesliga clashes with Frankfurt.
  • Frankfurt's top striker Alex Meier (twelve goals) hasn't scored in 372 minutes of action. This is his longest run without scoring a goal this season.

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FSV Mainz 05 v VfL Wolfsburg

  • Mainz haven't lost any of their last three clashes with Wolfsburg (W1 D2).
  • However, Mainz have lost four of their six home games in the league against Wolfsburg (D1 W1), with their only victory coming on December 4th, 2005 (5-1).
  • Mainz have failed to score in their last three Bundesliga home games against Wolfsburg.
  • Neither side has enjoyed a home win in the last seven Bundesliga clashes between Mainz and Wolfsburg (D3 and four victories for the away side).
  • On August 28th, 2010, Mainz won 4-3 Wolfsburg after initially going 3-0 behinf. Wolfsburg playmaker Diego made his debut in this game, celebrating it with a goal.
  • Against no other team have Mainz scored as many Bundesliga goals as they have against Wolfsburg (25 goals in 13 meetings).
  • Wolfsburg's results on the road have alternated between a victory and a defeat in their last eight Bundesliga away games. To continue the sequence, they will need to lose this weekend.
  • Wolfsburg have only scored 22 goals in 2012/13 (one per game on average), their joint-lowest goal tally after 22 games in the Bundesliga ever (they also netted 22 in 2005/06 and 2006/07).
  • Only former Mainz player Mohamed Sedan scored more Bundesliga goals for the club (29) than Andreas Ivanschitz, Adam Szalai and Andre Schürrle have managed (20 goals each).
  • In his Bundesliga career for Mainz, Andreas Ivanschitz scored the opening goal twelve times. Mainz eventually won nine of these games (D1 L2).
  • Diego is Wolfsburg's top scorer (five goals, five assists). He scored all of his goals and assists in 14 games under coach Dieter Hecking and under Lorenz-Günther Köstner (who succeeded former head coach Felix Magath).
  • Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has won only one of his nine clashes (as a coach) with Thomas Tuchel (L3 D3 and a 2-0-victory with Nurnberg in April 2010).

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FC Augsburg v 1899 Hoffenheim

  • Augsburg haven't won any of their seven competitive matches against Hoffenheim in the top flight, second division or German Cup (D3 L4).
  • Augsburg have collected only 16 points in their 22 games. No side in the Bundesliga has ever avoided relegation having picked up 16 or fewer points at this stage of the season (since the three points for a win system was established in Germany).
  • With Augsburg 11 points off 15th place in the table and Hoffenheim 10 points away from 15th, this clash could prove vital for each side's hopes of survival (16th spot secures a relegation play-off berth).
  • Augsburg have only won one of their eleven home games this season, making them the second worst home team in the league. Hoffenheim, on the other side, are the worst away side (one win in ten away games).
  • Augsburg haven't won any of their last seven home games (D4 L3), their longest run without a home victory in the top flight.
  • Hoffenheim haven't won any of their last seven games on the road (D1 L6).
  • Only Augsburg have scored fewer goals from set-piece situations (3) than Hoffenheim (4, like Fürth). On the other hand, no other team has conceded as many goals after a set-piece as Hoffenheim (19 - no other club more than 14).
  • Hoffenheim have conceded a goal in the first eight minutes of each of their last three games.
  • Sascha Mölders is Augsburg's top-scorer in their Bundesliga history (13 goals), scoring five of their last seven goals. Overall, he has been involved in 44% of their goals this season (8 of 18).
  • Kevin Volland is Hoffenheim's joint-top-scorer (four goals,along with Joselu) and top assist provider (5). He has scored their last three goals and has been involved in six of their last nine (3 goals, 3 assists).
  • Hoffenheim's Boris Vukcevic was seriously injured in a car accident before the last meeting with Augsburg. Back then, Vukcevic's family wanted the game to take place (it had been considered to cancel the game due to his life-threatening injuries).

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Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen

  • In this fixture, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes will be involved in his 1000th Bundesliga game (including both as a player and a coach). Only Otto Rehhagel has been involved in more games as a coach and active player in the Bundesliga (1037).
  • Bremen's Thomas Schaaf is the longest-serving coach in the top flight (since May 1999). Only six men have racked up more Bundesliga games in charge than Schaaf - 468.
  • Bayern haven't lost any of their last ten competitive matches against Bremen (W7 D3), winning their last five games against Werder.
  • Bremen's last victory over Bayern came on September 5th 2008 at Munich (5-2).
  • However, Bayer have won only one of their last six Bundesliga home games against Bremen (D4 L1).
  • Against no other team have Bayern lost more Bundesliga games (26) and conceded more goals (116) than they have against Bremen.
  • Bayern's current record of 57 points and their goal difference of +50 has never been reached before by another team in the Bundesliga after 22 games.
  • No other team has ever managed to concede only seven goals after 22 games in Bundesliga history (the next best teams have conceded at least ten goals after 22 games).
  • No other team in Europe's top five leagues have conceded as few as Bayern's 0.32 goals per game.
  • Bayern haven't lost any of their last 19 competitive matches, since losing against Leverkusen in October (1-2), winning 15 of those games (D4).
  • Since drawing 0-0 against Mainz in April 2012, Bayern have scored in each of their last 40 competitive games. In 2012, they scored 87 goals in 33 competitive games (on average 2.6 goals per game).
  • Manuel Neuer has faced only one opposition shot in the last 281 minutes of action in the top flight (a free kick by Wolfsburg's Diego on matchday 22).
  • Mario Mandzukic tops the goal-charts in the top flight (15, like Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling). He has scored six goals in only four Bundesliga games in 2013.
  • Bremen's top goal scorer, Nils Petersen (11 goals), is on loan from Bayern Munich. He has netted braces in two of his last three games.

Hannover 96 v Hamburger SV

  • In this clash, Hannover and Hamburg will meet for the 50th time in the top flight. Only against Bremen have Hannover played as many Bundesliga games (50 as well).
  • Hamburg have lost only one of their last eight Bundesliga games against Hannover (D4 W3 and a 3-2-victory at Hannover in 2010/11).
  • However, Hamburg have won only one of their last ten away games at Hannover in the top flight (D4 L5 and a 1-0-victory in 2007/08).
  • Hamburg, like last week (1-0 against Monchengladbach), will go head to head against an opponent who will have played a Europa League game only two days before the match.
  • Hannover played only two days after a Europa league in November 2012 - and lost 5-0 at Bayern Munich.
  • Hannover have gained 77% of their points from home games (23 at home, 7 on the road), a league-high proportion in the top flight.
  • Bundesliga games which involved Hannover have an average of 3.7 goals this season. This is the highest goals per game rate in the top flight.
  • Only three teams have scored more goals than Hannover (41 goals). Only Hoffenheim (46) have conceded more goals than Hannover (41, like Bremen).
  • Hannover have won their last four home games. They haven't enjoyed such a long home winning streak since 2011 (five home victories from February - April).
  • No other keeper has made as many saves as Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler (95).
  • Only Bayern's Manuel Neuer (86%) has posted a higher save percentage than Hamburg keeper Rene Adler (76%).
  • Hamburg striker Artjoms Rudnevs is the only Bundesliga player who has been involved in more than 50% of his team's goals (14 of 27; 10 goals, 4 assists).
  • None of the 135 substitutes sent onto the pitch by Thorsten Fink (as Hamburg's coach) have ever scored a goal in their cameo appearance.

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VfB Stuttgart v 1. FC Nurnberg

  • Nurnberg have won five of their last nine away games at Stuttgart (D1 L3). Against no other team have Nurnberg won as many away games as they have against Stuttgart (8).
  • Nurnberg suffered two devastating defeats against Stuttgart in 1983/84: A 7-0 mauling at Stuttgart, which remains their heaviest Bundesliga loss to this day, and a 6-0 defeat at home, which is their heaviest every home loss.
  • Nurnberg last won on the road on matchday three at Monchengladbach (3-2). They haven't won away from home in nine games since then (3D 6L).
  • Stuttgart will have played in the Europa League only two days before the match. They have won their last two games which came only two days after a Europa League game (3-1 against Schalke earlier this season and 7-0 against Monchengladbach in 2010/11).
  • Stuttgart have lost their last four games played on a Saturday. They would equal their club record of five consecutive losses in Saturday games (1974/75) with another defeat.
  • Stuttgart's Cacau (2001 - 2003) and Daniel Didavi (2011 - 2012) are both former Nurnberg players.
  • Nurnberg's Raphael Schäfer (2007 - 2008) and Timo Gebhart (2009 - 2012) are former Stuttgart players.
  • Sebastian Polter scored all six of his Bundesliga goals in home games (two of them as a Wolfsburg player), four of them as a substitute.
  • Polter scored his first-ever Bundesliga goal against Stuttgart (2011/12, matchday 17).
  • Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic hasn't scored in 479 minutes (five games). His longest goal-scoring drought (as a Stuttgart player) came between April and September 2012 (7 games).
  • As a player, Michael Wiesinger won three of his four games against Bruno Labbadia (L1).
  • Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia met with Nurnberg twelve times as a Bundesliga player, scoring seven goals in the process.

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FC Schalke 04 v Fortuna Dusseldorf

  • Schalke have won only two of their last ten home games against Dusseldorf (D5 L3). Their last home victory came on April 14th, 1987 (4-2).
  • Based on the the last eleven matchdays only, Schalke would only rank 16th in the league table (W1 D4 L6). Only Fürth (five points) and Hoffenheim (four) gained fewer points from their last eleven games.
  • Dusseldorf have gained only one point from their last seven Bundesliga games on the road (1-1 at Dortmund). They have lost their last three games away from home.
  • Dusseldorf have collected as many points (27) as Augsburg (15) and Furth (12) combined.
  • Dusseldorf are 11 points clear of the the relegation play-off place (16th) more than they have ever been before this season.
  • Schalke have conceded twelve goals so far this year, no Bundesliga team has shipped more (Bremen also twelve).
  • In the 2012/13 campaign, Schalke have conceded more goals (37) than Augsburg (35) and Furth (36), teams who who rank 17th and 18th in the table.
  • Schalke have failed to score in only one of their last 25 home games in the top flight (0-2 against Bayern Munich).
  • Only two teams have kept more clean sheets this season than Dusseldorf (8; Bayern 16 and Freiburg 9).
  • In making a sub appearance last week against Mainz, Schalke's Max Meyer became the second-youngest Schalke player to appear in a Bundesliga game (17 years, 4 months, 29 days). In that game, he instantly made a name for himself, providing an assist.
  • Michel Bastos, who was transferred to Schalke this winter, has scored each of Schalke's last three Bundesliga goals.
  • Schalke have won only one of their nine Bundesliga games this season with keeper Timo Hildebrand on the pitch (D4 L4). While no other current Bundesliga keeper shas posted as low a save percentage rate as Hildebrand (47.5%).

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Borussia Monchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund

  • Monchengladbach have gained 18 points from their last 18 Bundesliga meetings with Borussia Dortmund, collecting 17 of them at home.
  • Dortmund's 5-0-victory in the first half of the season remains not only Monchengladbach's biggest loss this season but also Lucien Favre's biggest defeat as Monchengladbach's coach.
  • Monchengladbach have won three of their last four home games (D1). Dortmund have won their last three games on the road.
  • Both teams have already both conceded more goals than in their entire 2011/12-campaign: Dortmund currently 26 (25 last season), Monchengladbach 33 (24 last season).
  • No other team has scored more goals following a set-piece than Monchengladbach (15, along with Hannover).
  • Monchengladbach need, on average, 17 corners to score a goal from one of those situations, fewer than any other c lub.
  • Dortmund have played three Bundesliga games without the suspended Robert Lewandowski on the pitch - they have won all three with a goal difference of 10-0.
  • Dortmund's Marco Reus has scored the opening goal in eleven competitive games this season.
  • Reus (a former Monchengladbach player) has even become more effective than last season with Monchengladbach (currently involved in 19 goals after 22 games, last season 18).
  • Mario Götze has had a hand in 17 goals (8 goals, 9 assists) during his last 14 competitive games.
  • Monchengladbach's Martin Stranzl is the top goal scorer among all Bundesliga defenders this season (4 goals). He scored his first Bundesliga goal in September 2000 in a game against Dortmund (as a player for 1860 Munich, now a second division side).
  • Last week Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was booked for the first time since August 2011 (49 games without a yellow).

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SpVgg Greuther Furth v Bayer Leverkusen

  • This will be only the second competitive game between Furth and Leverkusen. Bayer won the meeting in the first half of theisseason 2-0 (courtesy of a brace by Sidney Sam).
  • In 50 years of Bundesliga history, no team has ever avoided relegation after gaining only 12 points from their first 22 games (which is Furth's current record).
  • Furth are still bwaiting for their first home victory. There have only been three teams prior to Furth who haven't won any of their first eleven home games.
  • No team has scored as low a number of goals as Furth (13 goals). They have also registered the lowest conversion rate (7.6%) and the lowest duel success rate (46.9%) while only Augsburg (21) have had as low a number of big chances.
  • Leverkusen had the second-highest number of big chances (65) in the top flight after Bayern (68). Only two teams have scored more goals this season than Leverkusen (43 goals).
  • Leverkusen has scored at least twice in 15 of their last 18 Bundesliga games. They failed to score at all in only one of these 18 games (0-0 at Freiburg).
  • Leverkusen haven't won any of their last three games away from home (D2 L1).
  • Leverkusen have won their last eight meetings with teams from Bavaria (goal difference 20-5) - including two victories over Bayern Munich.
  • No other team have conceded as many fouls as Furth (436), they have also been shown a joint-league-high five red cards (along with Stuttgart and Bremen, 5 each).
  • No player has scored more goals in the top flight this season than Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling (15, along with Bayern's Mario Mandzukic).
  • Kiessling has been involved in 529 duels this season which is by far the highest number for a Bundesliga player in 12/13 (success rate: 48%).
  • Gonzalo Castro has been involved in twelve goals this season (6 goals, 6 assists). This is a new personal record for the Leverkusen midfielder who played almost exclusively as a defender prior to this season.


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