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Simon Gott 1st Oct 2015 - 19:30

Bundesliga Opta Facts Matchday 8


SV Darmstadt 98 - 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • Friday's game is the first Bundesliga meeting between the Lilies and FSV. The two clubs have faced each other a total of 14 competitive fixtures since the introduction of the 2. Bundesliga (1974) and all of them have taken place in the second tier (2. Liga & 2. Liga Süd).
  • Mainz have recorded eight wins compared to the Lilies' five, while the teams also shared the spoils in the 1990/91 season (1-1 draw). The two sides last met over 22 years ago: The Zerofivers ran out 5-3 winners in a thrilling game back on 25th May 1993.
  • Darmstadt have taken 10 points from the opening seven games - a BL record for the Lilies. They previously had just six points at best to their name after seven matches (1981/82).
  • Mainz have collected nine points from the first seven games and therefore have notched up the same number of points as they did at this stage in the 2013/14 season. In 2013/14, they recorded three wins and four defeats and finished the season in seventh (UEL qualification).
  • Darmstadt have lost just one of their last 16 competitive home games at the Böllenfalltor (W8 D7). They were beaten 3-0 by Bayern München on matchday 5 of this season, which is also their only loss to date in all competitions in 2015/16 (W3 D4).
  • Including last season, Mainz have lost four of their last five away games and have failed to score in three of those fixtures. Their most recent win on the road was in Mönchengladbach on matchday 2, when they triumphed 2-1.
  • Darmstadt have played the fewest number of passes in 2015/16 by far (1533), have the worst pass accuracy (52.2%) and also have the lowest percentage of challenges won (44.2%) out of all 18 Bundesliga clubs.
  • Mainz have already hit the woodwork seven times in seven BL games this season - a league high together with FC Bayern. Christian Clemens alone has been denied from scoring by the frame of the goal on three occasions already - the most among all BL players.
  • The Lilies have the best chance-conversion rate in the league (22.2%). Four of SVD's eight Bundesliga goals scored so far this season have come from dead balls - proportionally speaking, a league-high (50%, the same as Ingolstadt).
  • Darmstadt players Christian Mathenia, Mario Vrancic and Junior Diaz, as well as goalkeeping coach Dimo Wache, have all previously been at Mainz. FSV players Leon Balogun and Danny Latza both have a history with the Lilies.


Borussia Mönchengladbach - VfL Wolfsburg

  • Borussia Mönchengladbach have lost 57% of their Bundesliga matches against Wolfsburg (17 of 30) - a higher percentage than against any other club. Gladbach have only managed three wins in their last 15 meetings with the Lower Saxony club (D3 L9).
  • There have been seven home wins and three draws in the last 10 matches between these two clubs. The last time the away team won was in March 2010, when Wolfsburg secured a 4-0 victory in Mönchengladbach.
  • Andre Schubert has won both his BL games as interim manager at Gladbach. Wolf Werner is the only man to have previously achieved this feat in 1987/88, but he was then thrashed 6-0 against Stuttgart in his third game.
  • The Foals have failed to keep a clean sheet in eight BL matches since a 2-0 home win over Bremen in mid-May, conceding an average of 2.3 goals per game. Yann Sommer & co. have shipped at least two goals in each of their last four home games.
  • Gladbach have started their seven BL games this season with seven different central defensive partnerships. Seven different players have already tried their hand at centre back.
  • Wolfsburg are without a win in four BL matches on the road. Three consecutive draws were followed by the 5-1 debacle in Munich. The last time the club went as long without an away win was between May and September 2013 (6 games).
  • Borussia have given away five penalties in seven BL games - more than they did in the whole of last season (4). The last team to concede as many was Hannover 96 in 1985/86.
  • Raffael, who has been directly involved in five of Gladbach's last six BL goals (1 goal + 4 assists), is the club's top points-scorer with five scorer-points (goals + assists) and has the second-most assists in the league (Douglas Costa has 5).
  • Bas Dost has scored five BL goals this campaign, which equals Wolfsburg's club record after seven matchdays (last achieved by Edin Dzeko in 2010/11). The Dutchman has scored them all at home, with his last away goal coming at Paderborn in May.
  • New Wolfsburg signing Dante began his BL career with Mönchengladbach (93 BL appearances, including 8 goals, from 2009 to 2012). This was the beginning of a rise that has seen him represent his country and win the treble with Bayern in 2012/13.
  • Max Kruse moved from Gladbach to Wolfsburg in the summer. He scored 23 goals in 66 BL games during his time at Borussia, including the only goal of the game against the Wolves in the clubs' last meeting (26th April 2015).


Hannover 96 - SV Werder Bremen

  • The Lower Saxony club have lost more than half of their Bundesliga matches against Bremen (28 out of 54), conceding 122 goals in the process, an average of 2.3 per game. They have won just 11 of the clashes (15 draws).
  • Hannover are without a win in five against Bremen (D2 L3). However, 10 of their 11 wins over Werder have come at home.
  • 96 haven't kept a clean sheet for 25 Bundesliga games, a new negative club record.
  • Hannover are now the only Bundesliga side yet to record a victory this term.
  • Michael Frontzeck's men have taken just two points from their opening seven games - their worst ever start to a Bundesliga season. When they were last relegated from the top flight (1988/89), they had picked up three points at this stage of the campaign.
  • Hannover have picked up fewer Bundesliga points than any other side in 2015 (excluding promoted and relegated teams). The Lower Saxony club have collected 15 points from 24 games and would be bottom of the table in that timeframe.
  • Bremen have lost each of their last three Bundesliga matches. The last time they lost this many games in a row was at the end of 2011/12. They lost all four games at the end of that campaign, but also lost their opener in 2012/13 (so 5 in total across multiple seasons).
  • Including last season, Hannover have won just two of their last 25 Bundesliga fixtures (D10 L13). None of their last 39 top-flight games have ended 0-0, the longest wait for a goalless draw among current BL clubs.
  • 96 have been behind at the break in all seven of their Bundesliga fixtures in 2015/16 and have consequently have set a new negative club record!
  • Werder have won just one of their last eight Bundesliga away matches (D4 L3).
  • Ron-Robert Zieler is the only Bundesliga player to have played the full 90 minutes on each of the last 149 matchdays (spanning over 4 seasons). He was last absent in 2010/11's 4-1 defeat in Dortmund (2nd April 2011).


Hertha BSC - Hamburger SV

  • HSV have failed to pick up a point in their last four meetings with Hertha and have not scored a single goal in the process (conceding 8). In their entire BL history, Hamburg have only gone five straight games without scoring against Nürnberg (1965-67).
  • Hertha have secured 20 BL victories against HSV on home soil - against no other BL team have they claimed as many home wins.
  • Hamburg are on the verge of their 100th BL goal against Hertha - they have scored 99 goals in the 64 BL meetings to date (Hertha have scored 94 goals).
  • Both teams sit in the top 10 of the table prior to a direct meeting for the first time since matchday 30 of the 2008/09 campaign (Hertha 2nd, HSV 5th back then).
  • Hertha already have an impressive 11 points on the board after seven games - they have only had more at this stage of the season in 2007/08 (12).
  • Despite losing to Schalke, Hamburg have twice as many points to their name this term as they did at this stage of the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns (5 in both).
  • HSV have secured back-to-back wins on the road in the top flight for the first time since October 2013. Hamburg last came out on top in three consecutive BL away matches in September/October 2007.
  • Including last season, Berlin have lost just one of their last nine BL matches on home soil - a 2-1 defeat to Gladbach at the start of May (otherwise W4, D4). Hertha have also taken seven points from their opening three home games for the first time since 2006/07.
  • HSV have let in just one goal in their last four BL fixtures and therefore have the best defence in that timeframe together with Schalke.
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga (2010-14), Gojko Kacar (2008-10), Jaroslav Drobny (2007-10) and Ivica Olic (1998/99) all used to ply their trade for Hertha. Lasogga was promoted to the top flight with Berlin in 2010/11.
  • Per Skjelbred (2011-13), Sebastian Langkamp (July 2007-January 2008) and Änis Ben-Hatira (2006-11) all have a Hamburg past. The brother of Hertha's Tolga Cigerci, Tolcay, plays for HSV's U23 side.


TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - VfB Stuttgart

  • Hoffenheim have won each of their last three Bundesliga games against VfB. They have only had a better top-flight winning sequence against Hannover (currently 4 matches).
  • Stuttgart and Hoffenheim are having their worst ever Bundesliga season to date. VfB have also had three points after seven games in 1974/75 and 2010/11 but TSG's tally of five is their worst ever at this stage of a top-flight season.
  • TSG's 3-1 in over Europa League contenders FC Augsburg last time out was their first competitive win of the season..
  • Hoffenheim failed to win two Bundesliga games on the bounce last season. The last time Gisdol's men managed that feat in an individual season was in March 2014.
  • Hoffenheim would be third-bottom of a table representing 2015 (excluding promoted and relegated sides). Only VfB (22) and Hannover (15) have picked up fewer points than TSG (23) this year.
  • Stuttgart have let in 17 goals this season - a league high. It has seen them equal a negative club record of 17 conceded after seven Bundesliga matches, which was first set in 1969/70.
  • Only Bayern (17) have created more clear-cut chances than Stuttgart (14). In total they've had 133 shots and allowed just 65, however, they've scored only nine goals and conceded 17 already this season.
  • Hoffenheim have needed an average of 3.8 shots per goal. Stuttgart have needed almost four times as many attempts to hit the back of the net (14.8).
  • Only Bayern (139) have had more shots than VfB (133). Hoffenheim have allowed more shots than any other side (119, the same as Köln).
  • TSG have scored four goals in the first 15 minutes of matches this season - a league high. Additionally, Stuttgart have conceded more goals in that timeframe than any other Bundesliga side this season (3).
  • Kevin Kuranyi started his career at VfB Stuttgart (1997-2001 in their youth set-up). From 2001 he represented their first team, scoring 40 goals in 99 Bundesliga appearances in a four-year stint at the club.


FC Ingolstadt 04 - Eintracht Frankfurt

  • This is the third occasion that FC Ingolstadt 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt have met in competitive football. Both of the two clashes in the 2011/12 second-division campaign finished 1-1. Armin Veh was in charge of the Eagles for those two games back then.
  • Ingolstadt conceded their first Bundesliga goal prior to the interval in Cologne and also netted their first ever top-flight goal before the break in the same game. With just four goals scored this term, the Bavarian outfit still have the worst attack in the league.
  • With 10 points from their four matches on the road, Ingolstadt are the best team away from home in the league but are still awaiting their first home victory in the top flight (D1 L2).
  • Ingolstadt are just the second Bundesliga new boys after Fürth in 2012/13 to fail to score in each of the opening three top-flight home games in their history. Fürth found the back of the net in only their fifth match on home soil three seasons ago.
  • Eintracht have come out on top in just one of their last 15 away fixtures (D4, L10) - a 4-1 win in Stuttgart on matchday 3 this term.
  • With 11 points from seven games, Ingolstadt are the third-best BL debutants this decade. Only Mainz (2004/05 - 12) and Hoffenheim (2008/09 - 13) have had more points on the board at this stage of the campaign.
  • SGE have the best clear-cut-chance-conversion rate in the league (81.8% - 9 of 11), while FCI have the worst (6.7%).
  • Frankfurt could play out their 400th top-flight draw in Ingolstadt and therefore become the seventh team to reach this milestone (HSV lead the way with 473 BL draws).
  • The Eintracht attacking trio of Haris Seferovic, Luc Castaignos and Alexander Meier have been directly involved in 11 of Frankfurt's 13 BL goals this term. Including last season, Meier has found the net nine times in his last nine top-flight outings.
  • FCI centre-back Benjamin Hübner, who has started every game this season, will encounter his father Bruno Hübner. The current Eintracht sporting director made 76 BL appearances for Kaiserslautern between 1981 and 1985 (19 goals).


Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Augsburg

  • In the last meeting between the sides (2-2 draw in February), Marwin Hitz rescued a point for FCA in added time and so became the third goalkeeper in BL history to score from open play (i.e. not from a penalty).
  • With that goal, Hitz also secured FCA's first ever point against Leverkusen, after B04 had won the first seven BL meetings between the sides. FCA are still yet to pick up a point in the BayArena (4 away games).
  • Hitz's equaliser remains FCA's last goal from a corner in the Bundesliga. Augsburg and Hoffenheim are the only two teams yet to score from a free kick or a corner this season.
  • Bayer 04 have won their last two BL games (with clean sheets in both), a feat which they also achieved in the first two matches of the season. They did, however, lose three games on the bounce in between those two sets of victories.
  • Augsburg are one of three teams yet to win away from home this season (together with Hannover and Wolfsburg), and are 18th in the BL away standings with just one point.
  • Four of Leverkusen's last five Bundesliga goals have come from outside the box (also 4 of their 7 goals so far this season - 57%), which is the most in the league.
  • With just four points from their opening seven BL games this season, Augsburg have equalled an unwanted club record. The Bavarians also had just four points at this stage in the 2011/12 campaign after being promoted, but had a worse goal difference back then.
  • Bayer 04 have lost seven and won just three of their last 12 BL games on a Sunday (2 draws).
  • FCA have kept just one clean sheet in the 2015/16 season (2-0 win over Hannover) and have conceded seven goals in their last two games, something they last did in November 2012.
  • The 26 shots Augsburg had against Hoffenheim was a new club record in the top flight. However, FCA have converted just 9.7% of their chances this season (14th in the league). Leverkusen have an even worse rate (8.0%, 17th place).
  • Dominik Kohr could appear in his 50th BL game, eight of which he played for Bayer 04. Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker (1998-2008) and Konstantinos Stafylidis (2012-15, mostly on loan) have also represented Leverkusen.


FC Bayern München - Borussia Dortmund

  • Borussia Dortmund have won just one of their last six Bundesliga meetings with FC Bayern München (D2 L3), which came on 12th April 2014 at the Allianz Arena (3-0).
  • FCB have lost more BL home games against BVB than against any other team (9, the same as against Köln). But the Bavarians won their last match on home turf against Dortmund 2-1, ending a run of four BL home games without a win against them (D1 L3).
  • With 21 points and a +20 goal difference, Bayern have set a new BL best after seven matches, beating the previous record of 21 points and a +19 goal difference set by themselves in 2012/13. Only FCB have ever gone eight games at the start of a season without dropping a point, again in 2012/13.
  • Bayern München (23 goals scored) and Borussia Dortmund (21) have the best attacks in the division, are the only teams to have scored on every matchday this season and are alone responsible for a quarter of goals netted in the 2015/16 BL campaign (44 of 177).
  • Should FCB win and Schalke drop points, then Bayern will already have a seven point lead over second. This has never before been the case after MD8 since the introduction of the three-points-per-win system in 1995/96 (previous largest gap was 5 points in 2012/13).
  • Thomas Tuchel has not lost any of his first seven BL games in charge of Borussia. This is the third time that Dortmund have been unbeaten after the first seven matches of a season (previously in 2013/14 and 2002/03).
  • Bayern haven't lost any of their last 17 BL games during Oktoberfest (W14 D3). Their last BL defeat during the Munich festival came almost exactly five years ago when they lost 2-0 against Borussia in Dortmund on 3rd October 2010.
  • FCB (56% of challenges won) against BVB (54.5%) is a battle of the BL's top tackling teams.
  • Robert Lewandowski's 10 goals in the first seven BL games equals the record set by Gerd Müller in 1968/69 and 1977/78. Together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Pole is the Bundesliga's top scorer in 2015 (20 goals each).
  • Aubameyang is the first player in BL history to score on each of the first seven matchdays. Across multiple seasons, he has netted in his last nine BL games for BVB and could now equal Klaus Allofs' record of scoring in 10 consecutive games for Köln in 1984.
  • Rafinha could make his 250th BL appearance in the clash with BVB. 96 of them have come with Bayern (2 goals), whilst the first 153 came for Dortmund's local rivals Schalke (7 goals).


FC Schalke 04 - 1. FC Köln

  • After losing six of the previous seven encounters between the two sides (1 win), Köln did the double over the Royal Blues last season. It was the first time the Billy Goats came out on top in both BL meetings in a season since 1986/87.
  • FC Schalke 04 have made their second-best start to a Bundesliga season (16 points from 7 games). The Royal Blues have only previously made a better start to a top-flight campaign in 1971/72, (18 points - converted to 3-points-per-win system).
  • Köln have made their best start to a BL season in 19 years. The Billy Goats last collected as many points (11 after 7 games) in 1996/97 - they had accrued 13 points by this stage back then.
  • The match against Schalke will be Köln's 1,500th Bundesliga game (and their 750th BL away game) - they have recorded 605 wins, 376 draws and 518 defeats to date. The Rhineland club are the ninth team to reach this milestone.
  • Schalke have won their last five games in all competitions and have managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four matches (accurate prior to their UEL match on 1st October).
  • Stöger's side have won just one of their last 10 BL away games (D3, L6) - they ran out 3-1 winners against VfB Stuttgart on the opening matchday of this season.
  • Sascha Riether featured in 33 BL games (no goals) for the Billy Goats in their 2011/12 relegation season.
  • Leroy Sane has scored in the last three BL games, including netting the only goal of the game in both Stuttgart and Hamburg (both 1-0 wins). He is currently Schalke's top goalscorer in 2015/16 with three goals to his name.
  • Horst Heldt started his professional playing career at 1. FC Köln. He made 130 BL appearances for the Billy Goats between 1990 and 1995 (13 goals).
  • Anthony Modeste has already scored eight goals in eight competitive games in 2015/16 and has been directly involved in 10 of Köln's 14 goals in all competitions so far this season (8 goals + 2 assists).
  • Peter Stöger and Andre Breitenreiter both guided teams to BL promotion in 2014, have both been in the dugout for 41 BL games and have each recorded 12 BL victories in that time. The two meetings between the managers last season both ended 0-0.



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