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Rich 27th Nov 2012 - 15:06

Bundesliga Opta Facts - Nov 27

Hamburger SV v FC Schalke 04

  • Last season, Schalke managed to win both league meetings with HSV (2-1 A, 3-1 H) for the first time since 1972/73.
  • Schalke celebrated their last German Championship after a win against Hamburg (2-1 in the final 1958), and Hamburg won their last national title in the Bundesliga 1982/83 after beating Schalke on the final matchday.
  • HSV have won three of their last five home games (L2), having already equaled their total for home wins in all of last season.
  • Schalke have lost their last two league games on the road, this after remaining unbeaten in the six away games before (W3 D3).
  • HSV have scored only five goals in their last eight league games - but every time they did score in that timespan, they managed to win (four times), and have not conceded a goal.
  • Schalke have found the net at least once in 11 of their last 12 BL away games - the only exception was a 0-2 at Leverkusen in their last game away from home. However, they have also only managed to keep a clean sheet in one of their last 18 league games on the road (2-0 at Fürth on MD3).
  • Only in 2006/07 did Hamburg score fewer goals in their first 13 games of a Bundesliga season (11) than they did this season (12).
  • Hamburg star Rafael van der Vaart is likely to be out injured for the rest of 2012. All 12 of HSV's goals this season were scored with the Dutchman on the pitch - without him, the team has gone 247 minutes without a goal.
  • Huub Stevens's next league win will be his 100th as a Schalke manager. Against Hamburg, he celebrated his first ever BL win in October 1996 (2-0), as well as his first win in his second tenure at Schalke (October 2011, 2-0).
  • Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar broke his scoring drought of 590 minutes when he found the net against Frankfurt last time out (1-1). In the two meetings with Hamburg last season, he scored three goals.
  • Current Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler celebrated a win versus Schalke (1-0) with his former club Leverkusen on his Bundesliga debut on February 25 2007. In total, he's lost only one of his eight Bundesliga encounters with the Royal Blues (W5 D2).

Hannover 96 v SpVgg Greuther Fürth

  • Hannover and Fürth have only met in the Second League, with 96 winning the two team's last three encounters - the latest in 2002.
  • Bundesliga newcomers Fürth are winless in their last eleven in the league (L6 D5), by far the longest negative run of this kind in the top flight. Their only win of the season came on MD2 at Mainz (1-0).
  • Hannover have lost two of their last three BL home games (W1), this after staying unbeaten on home soil for almost 18 months and 22 home games.
  • Fürth are much better on the road than at home, gaining six of their current eight points away.
  • Just like last season's newcomers Augsburg in 2011/12, Fürth have won only one of their first 13 BL games and gained only eight points in that timespan. Last season, Augsburg managed to recover from this dire start and avoid relegation at the end of the season.
  • Fürth and Hannover are bottom of the league rankings in terms of passing accuracy (75.3% for Fürth, 74.4% for Hannover), as well as in terms of duel success (46.1% for Fürth and 48.0% for Hannover).
  • Fürth's only goal by a striker was Edu's goal at Bremen (1-1). No other team in the top flight has so few goals by strikers - Hannover, on the other hand, have the most goals by strikers of all teams (14).
  • Hannover's Szabolcs Huszti is his team's top scorer (three goals, seven assists), just like Fürth's Zoltan Stieber (three goals, one assist - teammate Edgar Prib also has four scorer points).
  • Gerald Asamoah made his professional debut with Hannover in 1998/99 (21 games in the Second League, four goals). The Ghana native grew up in the city and played for 96 from 1994 to 1999.

Borussia Dortmund v Fortuna Düsseldorf

  • Dortmund only have a slight edge in the Bundesliga meetings with Düsseldorf (W15 D7 L14). They lost their last encounter in February 1997 (0-2), after staying unbeaten in the eleven meetings before (W7 D4).
  • At home, Borussia are unbeaten in their last six BL games against Fortuna (W5 D1). The last time Düsseldorf won at Dortmund was in February 1986 (2-1).
  • The last meeting took place last season in the round of 16 of the German Cup - after 120 scoreless minutes, Dortmund prevailed in the penalty shootout (5-4).
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions (W7 D2), and have claimed the second spot in the table for the first time this season. Their last defeat was on MD8 of the Bundesliga was against Schalke (1-2).
  • Borussia have lost only one of their last 20 BL home games (W16 D3). During that timespan, they scored 52 goals (an average of 2.6 pg) and conceded only 13 (0.65 pg).
  • Despite losing their last three on the road, Düsseldorf have gained as many points away from home as at home (seven each).
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored eight of Dortmund's last eleven goals in all competitions and has had a hand in 18 goals in his last 16 BL games (13 goals, five assists). He scored a brace in each of his last four games in all competitions.
  • Mario Götze has had a hand in five goals (two goals, three assists) in his last five BL games. At Amsterdam in the Champions League, he had a goal and two assists in Dortmund's 4-1 win.
  • The game versus Düsseldorf will be Jürgen Klopp's 150th in the league as a Dortmund manager, and could see his team concede Klopp's 300th BL goal as a manager in the top flight (with Mainz and Dortmund). With a points average of 1.99, Klopp is Dortmund's best ever manager in the Bundesliga.
  • Of all current managers in the German top flight, only Bremen's Thomas Schaaf has been in office longer (more than 13 years) than Düsseldorf‘s Norbert Meier (four years, ten months and 27 days) and Jürgen Klopp (four years, four months and 27 days).

Eintracht Frankfurt v 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • Mainz won the last derby between the clubs (3-0 in April 2011), after having won none of their previous seven meetings in the top flight (D5 L2).
  • Mainz are winless in eight visits to Frankfurt in the top flight and the Second League (D4 L4).
  • Mainz are currently the only team in the top flight to visit Frankfurt more than once and not win at least once.
  • Frankfurt have won only one of their last five in the league (D2 L2): 4-2 at Augsburg on MD12.
  • Mainz have lost three of their last four in the league, the only exception being a 2-1 win v Nürnberg. All of these games were decided by one goal.
  • Frankfurt have conceded at least one goal in each of their last eleven BL games - the longest run of this kind. Their last clean sheet was in a 4-0 win at Hoffenheim on MD2.
  • Alongside Leverkusen, Frankfurt have yet to lose a home game this BL season (W5 D2). Their last home defeat in the top flight came on MD33 of 2010/11 (0-2 v Köln).
  • Mainz' only win in their last 10 BL games on the road (D4 L5) was a 2-0 at Wolfsburg. They have lost their last two - under manager Thomas Tuchel, they have lost more than two in a row on the road only once.
  • Frankfurt have found the net in each of their BL home games 2012/13, scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game.
  • Mainz‘ starting lineup in their last outing versus Dortmund was the club's oldest ever on average in the top flight (aged 30 years and 38 days).
  • It's a meeting of two of the biggest scoring sensations of this season: Frankfurt's Alex Meier (9 goals) and Adam Szalai (8). Both players, however, went without a goal in their teams' respective last outings.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v VfL Wolfsburg

  • Borussia have won only one of their last nine BL meetings with Wolfsburg (D2 L6) - 4-1 on MD3 of 2011/12.
  • The Foals have lost 58% of their BL encounters with the Wolves (14 of 24) - their highest percentage against any team in the top flight.
  • Gladbach have won only one of their last five BL home games (D2 L2) - 2-0 v Frankfurt on MD7. In their six home games of this BL season, they have already suffered more defeats (two) than in all of last season at home (one).
  • Gladbach have conceded 24 goals in 13 league games this season - the same number as their total in all of last season, when they sported the second best defensive unit of the league behind Bayern (22 goals conceded).
  • In their five BL games under new manager Lorenz-Günther Köstner, Wolfsburg have gained 10 points (like Bayern) - only Dortmund (13) and Leverkusen (twelve) have gained more in that timespan. In eight games under former manager Felix Magath, the team gained only half as many.
  • Wolfsburg have already scored seven goals from crosses this season (like Stuttgart and Schalke), only Bayern have scored more (14). Gladbach, on the other hand, have conceded eight goals from crosses - most of all teams with Düsseldorf.
  • Bas Dost has found the net once in each of Wolfsburg's last three league games. The Dutchman has scored five goals in five BL games following the departure of former manager Felix Magath.
  • Lorenz-Günther Köstner‘s first job as a Bundesliga player was Mönchengladbach: Between 1973 and 1975, he made 29 appearances for the team (three goals) and won the German title as well as the UEFA Cup in 1975 with them.
  • Köstner has used the same starting lineup in all six games in all competitions. Against Gladbach, he will have to change it for the first time as midfielder Josue is suspended due to his fifth booking.
  • Gladbach's Mike Hanke made 53 BL appearances for Wolfsburg between 2005 and 2007, scoring 16 goals. He has scored 52 in the top flight altogether and could now appear in his 250th game against his former club.

VfB Stuttgart v FC Augsburg

  • Augsburg last won a competitive game versus Stuttgart in March 1976: 1-0 at Stuttgart in the Second League South (now defunct), when German legend Helmut Haller among others played as a substitute. Since then, Stuttgart have won all four meetings between the teams in all competitions.
  • Stuttgart are unbeaten in the top flight against other teams from the German province of Schwaben, winning seven and drawing one of those games. Apart from Augsburg, the other opponents were
  • Stuttgarter Kickers and SSV Ulm.
  • At this point last season, Augsburg had only one point more than they currently have (eight), but gained 30 points from then on and avoided relegation. Back then, their second win of the season came on MD14 (2-0 v Wolfsburg).
  • Augsburg are winless in their last six games, gaining only two points in that timespan. The only time they had to wait longer for a victory in the top flight was during the first eight games of last season (their first ever in the Bundesliga).
  • Stuttgart have conceded 10 goals in their last four BL home games, an average of 2.5 pg.
  • On the road, Augsburg won only one of their last 18 league games (D7 L10): 2-1 at Wolfsburg in April. They are the only team in the top flight this season yet to win away from home.
  • Augsburg scored three goals in their last two league games, but still have the worst offense in the league (nine goals).
  • Stuttgart and Augsburg are the only teams without a goal scored by a defender.
  • Augsburg's Sascha Mölders has been on target in each of his three league games this season (171 minutes played altogether). With this, he is his team's top goal scorer.
  • Stuttgart's Martin Harnik has scored eight goals in all competitions 2012/13, but none of these have come at home. He scored his last goal at home in a 4-1 win vWerder Bremen in April (two goals in that game).

Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen

  • Bremen are winless in their last eight league games versus Leverkusen (D6 L2), with the last six all producing no winner. They did, however, win the German Cup final 2009 against Bayer (1-0).
  • Werder's last win versus Bayer in the top flight was a 1-0 at Leverkusen in May 2008. At home, it was a 5-2 in December 2007.
  • Bayer has been on target at least once in each of their last 22 visits to Bremen. The last time they weren't was in a scoreless draw in November 1989. Their overall record at Bremen, however, is bad: three wins, 15 draws, 14 losses.
  • Werder have won their last four home games against teams usually lining up in a 4-3-3 formation (as Bayer does), and have conceded only two goals in those games.
  • Only Dortmund have gained more points from their last five games (13) than Leverkusen have (twelve).
  • Bremen have gained 72% of their points on home soil, while Leverkusen have suffered all three of their defeats this season on foreign soil.
  • Bremen have conceded a league-high six goals in the opening 15 minutes of games, while Leverkusen have scored five in that period of games (top with Dortmund and Frankfurt).
  • Only Bayern have found the net at least once in more games in a row (16) than Bayer (10) and Werder (7) have.

SC Freiburg v Bayern München

  • Freiburg have gone without a win against Bayern for 16 years now in all competitions, losing 17 of their last 21 encounters (D4). Their last win was a 3-1 at home in March 1996.
  • Bayern's worst defeat against Freiburg came on August 23 1994 - the Munich giants, managed by legend Giovanni Trapattoni, lost 1-5 at Freiburg, a newcomer to the Bundesliga that season.
  • If all goes well for Bayern, they could already celebrate the unofficial mid-season title with a win at Freiburg. For the Munich outfit, a mid-season title was followed by the Championship in 14 of 17 instances.
  • Bayern are currently having the best BL season ever played by any team: Their 34 points equals Dortmund's output from 2010/11 and their own form 2005/06, but their current goal difference (+33) is far better than the ones sported by those two other teams (+23 and +20, respectively).
  • B.Munich won seven of their last eight BL away games (D1) - their last away defeat was at Dortmund in April (0-1).
  • For the first time this season, Freiburg are unbeaten in their last four league games (W2 D2).Those two wins came against Europa League participants Hannover and Stuttgart.
  • Freiburg are ranked sixth in the table, which would ensure qualification for next season's Europa League qualification games. It's their best ranking since MD23 of 2010/11.
  • Freiburg have never before conceded as few goals as they have this season (14 in 13 games). Last season, they had conceded more than twice as many at the same point (29).
  • Bayern's Holger Badstuber, who took up his usual role as a central defender for the first time this season in his team's last outing versus Hannover (5-0), is set to appear in his 100th BL game (one goal).
  • Freiburg's Mensur Mujdza will miss the game v Bayern due to his fifth bookig of the season last time out against Stuttgart.

1. FC Nürnberg v 1899 Hoffenheim

  • Hoffenheim will play their 150th Bundesliga game at Nürnberg - their record is 50 wins, 43 draws, 56 defeats.
  • Nürnberg have yet to win at home versus Hoffenheim - they have actually lost three of the two teams' four encounters at Nürnberg (D1).
  • Hoffenheim have gained only twelve points from 13 games and are ranked among the bottom three for the first time since MD4. It is by far their worst ever BL season yet.
  • Nürnberg have only scored 10 goals in 13 games, equaling their worst ever output from 2001/02, when they finished the season narrowly avoiding relegation (15th).
  • Nürnberg are the first Bundesliga team ever to sport ten different goal scorers at a point in time when none of them had scored more than once.
  • The BL team that took longest to produce a goal scorer with at least two goals in a season was Cottbus in 2002/03 - Marko Topic scored his second goal of the season on MD15 back then.
  • Nürnberg's only win in their last 10 league games (D3 L6) was a 1-0 victory at Wolfsburg on MD10.
  • Hoffenheim's only win in their last eight league games (D3 L4) was a 3-2 victory against Schalke on MD10.
  • In the league's foreign soil table, only Augsburg (two points) are ranked behind Hoffenheim (four).
  • Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel has a points average of 1.06 with the club - only Marco Pezzaiuoli has a worse record (1.06), and Babbel would fall below that mark if Hoffenheim lose at Nürnberg.
  • Nürnberg's Per Nilsson moved from Hoffenheim to his current club in 2010 due to not being given enought playing time. The defender made 22 BL appearances for his former club, going scoreless.




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