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Antony Heath 18th Oct 2012 - 16:12

Bundesliga Opta Facts MD8

1899 Hoffenheim v SpVgg Greuther Fürth

This game will be the 15,000th match in BL history. It will be only the seventh ever Bundesliga match that Fürth have played. Only two of the current BL teams have played fewer Bundesliga games in their history than Hoffenheim (143 BL games).

It will be the first BL meeting between Hoffenheim and Fürth. Last season they met in the German DFB-Pokal quarter-finals (at Hoffenheim's home venue). The game resulted in a 1-0 victory for Fürth.

Markus Babbel was promoted to the club's new head coach only two days after Hoffenheim's defeat to Fürth in the German DFB-Pokal.

Fürth (and Wolfsburg) have only scored two goals in their first seven BL matches, currently the worst record of the season. There have been only two other teams in BL history to score as few as two goals in their first seven matches.

Hoffenheim have failed to score in their last two games; Fürth in their last three.

Hoffenheim's big chance conversion rate (58%) is only bettered by Dortmund (65%) whereas Fürth are the only BL team not to convert any of their big chances.

All of the last eight teams to gain just four points in their first seven BL matches of a season have managed to avoid relegation. The last team not to stay in the league with this record was Cottbus ten years ago.

Daniel Williams has been shown five yellows which means he is not eligible to play against Fürth. The midfielder is the first player to collect five yellow cards this season.

Hoffenheim's Stephan Schröck played in 183 games for Fürth in the German second division, scoring seven goals and providing 24 assists before moving clubs in the summer.

Markus Babbel and Mike Büskens have met three times before in their coaching careers with every duel resulted in a victory for Babbel's teams.

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Bayer Leverkusen v 1. FSV Mainz

There have been 12 Bundesliga meetings between Leverkusen and Mainz so far, altogether resulting in an even record (five wins each, two draws, goals 18-18).

For the first time since September 2010 Mainz have won two consecutive BL games without conceding a goal. They have never managed to win three consecutive BL games while keeping clean sheets.

After losing two out of their first three games this season, Leverkusen have not lost any of their last four games (two wins, two draws). It's as many as six unbeaten games in all competitions (three wins, three draws).

Leverkusen have lost none of their last six BL home games (four wins, two draws). The last time the club had a longer home streak was between January and August 2011 (nine home games: seven wins, two draws).

No other team in the German top flight has created more big chances than Leverkusen - 20 (as well as Bayern). Of which, they have converted eight (40% big chance conversion rate which is slightly below league average - 42.3%).

In 2012, no player has scored more Bundesliga goals than Stefan Kießling (17, as well as Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar). However, he has not managed to strike at home in a competitive game since late April (1-0 win vs. Hannover).

In this BL season, Kießling has fired in 30 shots, hitting the target with 19. These values are currently the most in the league.

Leverkusen's Manuel Friedrich started his career in 1995 with Mainz. Apart from an unsuccessful 18-months-interval with Werder Bremen (July 2002 - January 2004), he spent 12 consecutive years with Mainz (99 BL games, four goals) before joining Leverkusen in 2007.

Andre Schürrle set a club record in 2010/11 for Mainz when he scored 15 goals during the season.

In 2004/05 Thomas Tuchel won the Under-19 German Championship as coach with Stuttgart. Their opponents in the final were VfL Bochum - coached by a certain Sascha Lewandowski. It was none other than Adam Szalai (aged 17 back then) who scored the only goal of the game, thus securing the title.

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Borussia Dortmund v 1. FC Schalke 04

For the first time in 15 years, Dortmund managed to win both Revierderbies (highly observed match between the two biggest clubs in the Ruhr area) last season. Another victory for Dortmund would see them winning three consecutive derbies for the first time since the 1960s (8 consecutive wins between 1964 and 1967).

Schalke have failed to score at Dortmund in the last two matches (239 minutes total). Their worst streak without scoring at Dortmund in the German top flight is 319 minutes (1964-1966).

This match will be Schalke's 1,500th Bundesliga game.

Dortmund have lost only one of their last 36 BL games (29 wins, six draws) - 1-2 vs. Hertha BSC Berlin in September 2011. They have won 15 out of their last 17 home games (two draws).

Dortmund scored in each of their last 27 BL home games - the best run in their history.

The last home game in which Dortmund failed to score was versus Schalke (0-0) in February 2011.

Schalke have lost only one of their last 13 competitive games (MD4; 0-2 vs. Bayern), winning eight and drawing four.

Schalke are the only Bundesliga side unbeaten away from home this season. They have lost none of their last seven away games (four wins, three draws). Their last away loss took place in Nürnberg in April (1-4).

Dortmund are currently nine points behind Bayern. The only team in history to make up such a big deficit and eventually win the championship was VfL Wolfsburg, who were 11 points behind Hoffenheim at one stage before their captured the 2008/09 championship.

In 2012 Lukas Piszczek is the Bundesliga's leading assist-making defender with nine, followed by Schalke's Christian Fuchs (seven).

No other player has been involved in as many Bundesliga goals as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (17 goals scored, eight assists) in 2012. He is followed by Marco Reus (12 goals, nine assists).

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Eintracht Frankfurt v Hannover 96.

Hannover have won their last three matches against Eintracht Frankfurt since Mirko Slomka as their head coach.

Despite of the fact that Hannover won their last game in Frankfurt (3-0), they have only managed to win two matches at Frankfurt in the last 27 years (including top flight and second division games); as well as picking four draws and four losses there.

Frankfurt have lost none of their four home games in 2012/13 and gained 10 points from games. They have gone behind in three of the four games but battled back to win two and draw the other.

Hannover have lost eight and won only one of their last nine away games.

Frankfurt leads the German top flight in gaining points after going behind (seven, all earned in home games).

If just considering the first half of league matches this season, Hannover would be top of the Bundesliga along with Bayern (both collecting 14 points).

Ron-Robert Zieler made his first BL appearance at Eintracht Frankfurt on January 16th 2011 (3-0 victory).

Zieler also recollects a bad memory linking to Frankfurt. On August 15th this year, he became the first goalkeeper in history to be sent off for the German national team while playing in the city. Germany lost 1-3 to Argentina. Zieler was sent off in the 30th minute.

Hannover's Szabolcs Huszti has been involved in more goals than any other Bundesliga players this season (three goals scored, seven assists), Frankfurt's Alex Meier is third on the list with four goals and two assists.

Didier Ya Konan has directly contributed to four of Hannover's last five goals in competitive matches (three goals, one assist).

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Fortuna Düsseldorf v Bayern Munich

Bayern's 21 points and 21-2 goal difference from their first seven BL games of the season is the best start made by a Bundesliga side. No team has ever won all of their first eight games.

Bayern will lead the German top flight at the end of MD 8 for the 600th time - the best record in German football. They have been on top of the table since MD1.

Düsseldorf have lost 25 BL games against Bayern - more than defeats than against any other team. Their last Bundesliga meetings took place in 1996/97, Bayern won both games.

Düsseldorf have lost their last six consecutive home games against Bayern. It's been 27 years since Düsseldorf beat Bayern at home.

It's also been more than two decades since Düsseldorf won a BL meeting with Bayern (April 1991; 1-0 away victory against a Bayern team coached by Jupp Heynckes).

Bayern have won their last 10 BL games and have lost none of their last 11 games. Their last BL loss took place on April 11th at Dortmund (0-1). The BL all-time record is 15 consecutive wins (set by Bayern in 2005).

Düsseldorf have lost none of their competitive home games in 2012 (three wins, nine draws).

Bayern have only conceded two goals this season and Düsseldorf only three which is the best record of any newly-promoted team in Bundesliga history after seven games. No other team in the division have conceded less than seven.

No other team in the German top flight have fired in as many shots as Bayern (125). No-one has struck as few as Düsseldorf (55).

Franck Ribery scored his 44th and 45th BL goal against Hoffenheim. He has scored the team's last three goals in competitive games. Bayern have never lost when he has scored in a Bundesliga match (37 wins, 2 draws).

Jupp Heynckes has currently won 299 BL games as a coach. His last game as an active player resulted in a 12-0 victory over Dortmund to which he contributed five goals. The game took place in Düsseldorf.

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VfL Wolfsburg v SC Freiburg

Freiburg have won 44% of their BL matches against VfL Wolfsburg. Only against Nürnberg (53%) and Augsburg (50%) do they have a higher winning rate of the current Bundesliga teams. Freiburg have won eight of their 18 BL games versus Wolfsburg (six draws, four losses).

There has not been a single win for the visiting team in the last eight duels between Wolfsburg and Freiburg (but seven home victories). Freiburg's last victory at Wolfsburg took place in August 2004.

Wolfsburg (and Fürth) have only scored two goals in their first seven BL matches, the lowest in the division. There have been only two other teams in BL history that have scored as few as two goals in the opening seven matches.

Wolfsburg have failed to score in their last three games. This last happened in January/February 2011. They have never gone four consecutive Bundesliga games without scoring.

Wolfsburg have won none of their last six games (two wins, four losses) which is currently the longest streak in the competition. Freiburg, themselves have won none of their last five away games (two draws, three losses) and only managed to score in one of those five.

Freiburg have dropped eight points after taking the lead in matches. No other team has dropped more than five.

Wolfsburg have conceded seven headed goals this season - a divisional high.

Freiburg have managed to score six goals from set-pieces - which is the highest return in the Bundesliga this season.

Felix Magath has 17 of his 21 competitive matches with Freiburg (two draws, two losses). Freiburg's head coach Christian Streich won the German Under-19 championship in 2008 with Freiburg; beating Wolfsburg 2-0.

Freiburg midfielder Cedric Makiadi started his career with Wolfsburg and appeared in 48 BL games for the club between 2004 and 2009; scoring four goals.

Freiburg's Karim Guede will miss the game due to suspension (red card).

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Werder Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach

Mönchengladbach have not won a single game at Bremen in over 25 years. In 1987 they beat Bremen 7-1, setting the club record for the highest away win in their BL history.

Bremen have not lost one of their last 22 home games vs. Mönchengladbach (16 wins, six draws) - a streak matched by only one other Premier League team. Bayern are unbeaten in 22 home games against Leverkusen.

Having gained only seven points from their first seven games makes this Werder's worst start to a season under head coach Thomas Schaaf. The last time they had gained less than seven points in their first seven matches was in 1998/99 (four points).

Gaining only 20 points in 24 games, Bremen are the worst performing Bundesliga team of 2012 - excluding newly-promoted and relegated teams. Werder are the only club to have averaged less than one point per game (0.83).

Werder have only won two of their last 16 matches (four draws, ten losses).

With two goals and three assists, Juan Arango has directly contributed to five of Gladbach's nine BL goals this season (56%).

Arango's contribution is 63% if all competitive matches are considered. He's been a part of 10 of Borussia's 16 goals, scoring four goals and providing six assists.

Kevin de Bruyne has directly contributed to a goal in four of his last five Bundesliga appearances (three goals, one assist).

Eljero Elia has been involved directly with just one goal (one assist). He scored his last goal in December 2010 in a 2-1 victory with Hamburg over Mönchengladbach. It's been 1806 minutes since the Dutchman's last Bundesliga goal.

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1.FC Nürnberg v FC Augsburg


There have been 7 Bundesliga duels between Nürnberg and Augsburg, out of which Nürnberg have lost none (five wins, two draws).

Augsburg failed to score in their last five matches with Nürnberg. Nürnberg have not conceded a goal against Augsburg for 485 minutes.

Should they win, Augsburg would move above Nürnberg in the table. They have never been above Nürnberg in the Bundesliga.

After failing to win one of their first six consecutive games this season (two draws, four losses), Augsburg just won their first match in their last match. Last season, they had to wait until their ninth game for their first victory.

Nürnberg are the only team to have lost their last four league games. The last time that they lost four consecutive matches was in March (four losses). Nürnberg have been behind in all of the last four games by half-time.

Augsburg have only won one of their last 15 away games in BL (six draws, eight losses).

Nürnberg, Stuttgart and Hoffenheim have all conceded 14 goals this season - the worst defensive performances in the Bundesliga.

Augsburg scored more goals in their last game (three) than in their previous six matches altogether (two). All five goals this season have been scored by players who played for the club in the second division (Werner two, Baier, Oehrl, Hain).

Nürnberg have scored 71.4% of their goals from a set-piece. No other team has scored more than 57.1% of their goals from the same situations.

Andreas Ottl played for Nürnberg (on loan from Bayern Munich) for six months in 2010. He made 17 BL appearances, scoring one goal.

Dominik Reinhardt used to play for Nürnberg for ten years (1999-2009). He appeared in 93 Bundesliga matches (one goal) and 28 second division games, before joining Augsburg.

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Hamburger SV v VfB Stuttgart

This will mark the 95th time that these two sides have met.

Stuttgart won the last duel at Hamburg 4-0. It was the highest away win for Stuttgart in Hamburg in the Bundesliga. Back then, Hamburg's Paolo Guerrero was sent off and subsequently banned for eight games after having tackled Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich ruthlessly from behind.

Only twice before have Stuttgart started a Bundesliga season as poorly as this one (47 season). They have picked up just six points from their first seven games. In 1974/75 they were relegated for the only time in their BL history, having picked only three points out of the first 21 on offer.

Hamburg have won their last two BL games. This is the only time in the last 21 months that the club have won back-to-back league games.

Hamburg and Stuttgart have allowed their opponents more shots on target than anyone else in the Bundesliga (Hamburg 45, Stuttgart 43).

Bruno Labbadia started his career as an active player with Hamburg (1987-89, 47 appearances, eleven goals). In 2009/10, he was head coach of Hamburger SV and was fired after 32 games.

Vedad Ibisevic has directly contributed to Stuttgarts last four BL goals (scoring three, assisting one).

Having started the season without a point or a goal before signing Rafael van der Vaart, Hamburg have scored nine goals and average two points per game since the Dutchman returned.

Rene Adler has denied seven big chances so far this season - the highest amount of any Bundesliga goalkeeper. He has also made more saves (35) than any other ‘keeper.

Stuttgart players Tunay Torun and Martin Harnik were born in Hamburg. Torun played for Hamburg between 2006 and 2011, making 27 Bundesliga appearances (two goals).

Hamburg's Dennis Diekmeier turns 23 years-old the day before the game. Stuttgart's Maza turns 31 on the same day.

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