Bundesliga Opta Facts - September 18-20
FC Augsburg - Hannover 96
Hannover 96 have not lost any of their 10 competitive fixtures against FC Augsburg in professional German football (W5, D5).
The Lower Saxony club have come out on top in five of their last six Bundesliga meetings with FCA. Augsburg are the only top-flight side, other than new boys Darmstadt and Ingolstadt, yet to triumph over 96.
Hannover's favourite opponents: On average, 96 have picked up more points against Augsburg than they have against any other current BL side (2.25 per game).
FCA still have just one point on the board following their unlucky 2-1 defeat in Munich - it's their worst BL record at this stage of the season together with the 2012/13 campaign.
Hannover have accrued just one point from their opening four BL games and occupy 16th place. They have only been worse off at this stage of the 2002/03 campaign, losing each of their opening four games following their promotion back to the top flight.
96 have secured all three points in just one of their last 13 Bundesliga outings on the road (D6, L6). Their only victory in this timeframe came in Augsburg of all places (2-1 on MD33 last season).
Hannover are without a clean sheet in their last 22 BL fixtures (2-0 home win vs. Augsburg in mid-December). They went 24 games on the bounce without keeping their opponents at bay in both 1988/89 and 2002/03 over multiple seasons - a club record.
Including last season, Augsburg have been defeated in each of their last three BL matches on home soil. The 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Ingolstadt on matchday 3 signalled a new negative record for FCA in the top flight.
The next unwanted club record looms against Hannover: FCA could go three consecutive home games without scoring for the first time in the Bundesliga.
Artur Sobiech bagged a brace last weekend with just two shots on goal.
The Pole is therefore one of three of the most efficient players in the top flight this term among players with two or more goals to their name, along with Marcel Heller (2 goals from 2 shots) and Alexander Meier (3 from 3).
SV Werder Bremen - FC Ingolstadt 04
This weekend's game will see SV Werder Bremen and FC Ingolstadt 04 meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.
Ingolstadt have scored just two goals in their first four Bundesliga games, but have collected seven points (only Leverkusen in 2011/12 can match this feat).
FCI have kept three clean sheets in their opening four top-flight games - a league high. The only other Bundesliga debutants to have also achieved this are SC Paderborn (2014/15) and TSG Hoffenheim (2008/09).
Time to make history? Die Schanzer are the first debutants in 49 years to win their opening two top-flight away matches - Düsseldorf did it back in 1966/67. No side embarking on their maiden Bundesliga campaign has ever won their first three games on the road.
Ingolstadt have lost just one of their last 12 away matches across multiple seasons and divisions (W6, D5) - a 3-1 defeat in Bochum on MD32 in the 2. Bundesliga.
Werder are on the brink of conceding their 2,500th Bundesliga goal (currently 2,497). Only HSV (2,511) have let in more goals in the top tier.
Strong right flank: Midfielder Pascal Groß (270) and defender Tobias Levels (251) have had more touches than any other FCI player in the first four games this season and have also played more passes (Groß 186, Levels 142).
Anthony Ujah scored in the 3-1 victory in Sinsheim after great work from the returning Claudio Pizarro. The Nigerian has been directly involved in four of Bremen's eight competitive goals so far this season (3 goals + 1 assist).
Zlatko Junuzovic netted his first Bundesliga brace last weekend against Hoffenheim, meaning he has been directly involved in six of Werder's last nine top-flight goals across multiple seasons (3 goals + 3 assists).
SV Darmstadt 98 - FC Bayern München
Darmstadt have only previously taken one point against Bayern (1-1 away draw in the sides' first ever Bundesliga clash), losing the other three BL meetings since. The Lilies have scored one goal in each of their 4 BL fixtures against FCB.
Just like Paderborn last term, Darmstadt are unbeaten in the first four BL games of the season and will meet Bayern on matchday 5. Paderborn, who were top of the table back then, lost 4-0 in Munich.
Darmstadt are the only side yet to trail in a game so far this season. On the other hand, FCB are the only team to have won two games after coming from behind.
Along with Bayern, Wolfsburg and Dortmund, newly-promoted SVD are still unbeaten and have set a new club record by going four straight BL games without losing.
FC Bayern have won each of their last 21 Bundesliga games against newly-promoted sides. Their last defeat came in late August 2010, when they were beaten 2-0 in Kaiserslautern.
Bayern haven't lost a game in the first half of a Bundesliga season since October 2012 (2-1 against Leverkusen). They are currently unbeaten in 46 matches before the winter break (W38, D8) - a BL record.
The Lilies are unbeaten in 14 games at the Böllenfalltor (W7, D7). They only lost on home soil once last season (4-1 defeat to Düsseldorf on matchday 9 - their last home defeat).
Bayern haven't lost any of their last 14 BL games during Oktoberfest (W11, D3), keeping a clean sheet in 13 of those matches.
Thomas Müller is currently the BL's top scorer with six goals and has netted in four consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time ever within a season. He hasn't lost any of the 60 BL games in which he's scored, therefore equalling Franck Ribery's Bundesliga record.
Dirk Schuster and Matthias Sammer played together for East Germany in three international fixtures in 1990 and were both part of the 1986 European U18 Championship winning side in Yugoslavia (Sammer scored in the final).
Borussia Dortmund - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Dortmund are without a win in their last four Bundesliga games against Leverkusen (D2, L2) and have lost their last two home games against Bayer 04 without scoring.
The last meeting in Dortmund was on matchday 1 of the 2014/15 season and was memorable for the quickest Bundesliga goal in history, with Karim Bellarabi scoring after just nine seconds (final score: 2-0 to Leverkusen).
BVB are unbeaten in their last eight home games on Sundays (W6, D2). Their last home defeat on a Sunday was in August 2010 against Leverkusen (0-2).
MD4 saw Leverkusen lose their second consecutive BL game. Last season they only suffered back-to-back defeats on matchdays 20 and 21 (2-1 in Bremen and 5-4 against Wolfsburg). The last time they lost two straight games without scoring was in December 2013.
Borussia's record of 12 points and a +12 goal difference is second only to Stuttgart in Bundesliga history (+13 goal difference in 1996/97).
No Dortmund head coach had won their first four Bundesliga games prior to Tuchel. The Bundesliga record is held by Otto Rehhagel, who won his first seven games with Bayern in 1995.
Leverkusen's failure to score from clear-cut chances is particularly striking this season, with only 11.1% being converted. Last term that figure was 54.1%. Schmidt's team are only taking one in nine clear-cut chances this season.
Gonzalo Castro signed for Dortmund at the start of the season after 286 Bundesliga appearances in 11 seasons for Leverkusen (25 goals + 48 assists). Castro is yet to start for Dortmund in the Bundesliga, appearing for only 28 minutes.
After a brief eight-month spell at Dortmund, Kevin Kampl has returned to Leverkusen. He played 19 competitive games for Borussia (10 starts, 0 goals + 1 assist). Kampl was previously at Leverkusen from 1997 until 2010.
Kießling has scored seven goals in 18 Bundesliga games against Dortmund for Bayer 04 and also scored in their last game away to BVB. Only Ulf Kirsten has a better record for Leverkusen against Borussia (8 goals in 22 games).
Hamburger SV - Eintracht Frankfurt
Hamburg's last victory over Eintracht was a 1-0 home triumph in January 2011. The Eagles have won four of the six meetings since (2 draws).
HSV have recorded two wins and scored seven goals in their first four games. Last season, it took them until MD10 to claim two victories and until MD13 to net seven goals.
4-1 in Stuttgart, 6-2 against Köln: Frankfurt have netted a total of 10 goals in their last two top-flight fixtures. The last time they managed that feat was in November 1981. The recent successes also represent back-to-back Bundesliga wins for SGE for the first time in 2015.
Hamburg are yet to lose a competitive match at home since Labbadia returned to the helm (W3, D2). Their only home game of 2015/16 so far ended in victory (3-2 vs. Stuttgart).
Eintracht have converted 31.6% of their chances this season, proportionally speaking a league high by far. They topped this charts last season too, despite finishing off "just" 17.5% of their chances (the same as FC Bayern).
18 goals have been scored in Veh's side's four Bundesliga games so far this term (an average of 4.5 per game), a league high together with BVB. The Eagles' 34 BL games under Thomas Schaaf last season featured 118 goals - also a league high.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been involved in four goals in just 150 minutes of action this term (3 goals + 1 assist). He has been directly involved in a goal every 37.5 minutes, an average that can only be beaten by Alex Meier, who netted a hat-trick on his season debut last weekend (only considering players who have been involved in at least 2 goals).
Luc Castaignos has scored twice in each of his last two Bundesliga appearances and is the first Eintracht player since Bachirou Salou (1999/2000) to have scored four goals in his first four top-flight games.
Haris Seferovic is the BL's top assist provider (3) and he has also scored two goals.
Sven Schipplock and Matthias Ostrzolek could both make their 100th Bundesliga appearance this weekend. Schipplock has 17 goals to date, while Ostrzolek is yet to hit the back of the net. Lewis Holtby turned 25 on the day before the match.
1. FC Köln - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Köln haven't won any of their last nine games against Gladbach and have picked up just three of a possible 27 points in that timeframe. They have scored just one goal in the last six derby clashes, conceding 16 in the process.
Favourite opponents: Gladbach have recorded 45 BL wins and scored 167 goals against Köln, both more than they have managed against any other club in the top flight. No other side has celebrated as many victories or netted as many goals against the Billy Goats.
Köln haven't scored against the Foals in any of their last four meetings over the last four years (400 minutes, or 6 ½ hours in total). Their last goal against Borussia was scored by Milivoje Novakovic in April 2011, during a 5-1 defeat.
Peter Stöger's side haven't gone into a game against Gladbach ahead of their rivals in the table since April 2011. The Foals sat bottom of the pile on that occasion and beat their rivals 5-1 at home to kick start their successful survival bid.
Lucien Favre's men have lost their opening four Bundesliga games for the first time in the club's history. They have been beaten in each of their last five top-flight matches across multiple seasons, something that last happened in winter 2010 (under Michael Frontzeck).
The last time Gladbach lost more consecutive matches was almost 17 years ago (6 games) - current vice president Rainer Bonhof replaced Friedel Rausch as head coach during that run but couldn't save them from the drop.
Köln are unbeaten in 12 Bundesliga home matches (W4, D8) - the last time they went as many games without defeat on their own turf was during 1991/92 (13 back then).
Matchday 4's 6-2 defeat in Frankfurt saw Köln concede as many goals in one afternoon as they had done in the opening three fixtures of the season combined. Last season, they kept clean sheets in each of their first four matches - they've recorded none this time.
The Billy Goats have converted 87.5% of their clear-cut chances - a record that can only be bettered by Frankfurt (100%). The Foals have missed all four of their clear-cut chances.
Köln's goalscoring heroics: Their tallies of three goals scored by substitutes and seven by summer recruits are both league highs.
Vital: Anthony Modeste has scored six goals in five competitive games this season and has had a hand in eight of the 12 goals scored by Köln in all competitions this term (2 assists).
1. FSV Mainz 05 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Mainz have lost just two of their 12 Bundesliga fixtures against Hoffenheim (W6, D4). Their points-per-game ratio against TSG is higher than it is against any other current BL side that they have faced more than six times (1.83).
However, the Zerofivers' heaviest ever defeat since their promotion back to the top flight (2009) came at the hands of Hoffenheim (4-0 at home on 10th September 2011)
Only Köln (78) have allowed more shots than TSG (67). The Billy Goats (33) are also the only side to have allowed more shots on target than Hoffenheim (25).
Hoffenheim have just one point and sit 15th after four matchdays - their worst start in their Bundesliga history.
TSG are still winless following their opening five competitive fixtures this term (D1, L4) - that had never happened since they were promoted to the top flight in 2008.
Markus Gisdol's side are the team that have gone longest without an away win in the league, failing to secure victory in their last four BL games on the road (D1, L3).
Of the current BL sides, Hoffenheim have lost the most top-flight matches in the current calendar year (12, the same as Stuttgart).
Hoffenheim have registered just 10 shots on target this term - a league low (together with Augsburg).
TSG have squandered the most points from winning positions this season (6).
Yunus Malli has got on the scoresheet in each of his last two games and now has eight goals to his name in the current calendar year. The midfielder is the only Mainz player to feature in each of their 21 league games in 2015.
VfB Stuttgart - FC Schalke 04
Schalke came out on top in both BL meetings between the two sides in 2014/15 (4-0 away win, 3-2 home victory). Paderborn were the only other team that the Royal Blues did the double over (2-1 away win, 1-0 home victory).
However, VfB Stuttgart have beaten Schalke more often than they have any other BL club (42 wins, otherwise D14, L34). S04, on the other hand, have only lost more frequently in the top flight to Bayern (45 times).
VfB have started the season with four straight defeats for the first time in their BL history. Their previous lowest tally after four games was one point (1999/2000 and 2014/15).
In BL history, 14 teams have previously failed to collect any points from the opening four games, most recently Braunschweig (2013/14). None of those 14 sides finished the season in the top half of the table and five were relegated.
The Royal Blues have had a decent start to the season, taking seven points from four games. They haven't started a top-flight campaign as well since 2012/13, when Huub Stevens was still in charge (finished the season in 4th).
Dirty tactics: Stuttgart have picked up 12 yellow cards and two red cards this term, and have committed 75 fouls - all three are league highs in the early stages of this BL season.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has missed his last four BL penalties, equalling the BL record held by Nuri Sahin (Dortmund, 2010-2011), Marko Pantelic (Hertha BSC, 2007-2008), Bruno Labbadia (Bremen and Bielefeld, 1998-2000), Harry Decheiver (Freiburg, 1996-97).
New signing Toni Sunjic impressed on his debut: He is the first VfB player since Mathieu Delpierre (2004) to score on his first BL appearance. He is also the league's second-best tackler (77.4% of challenges won) after Bayern's Medhi Benatia (80.6%).
Alexander Zorniger is the first VfB manager to lose each of his first four BL games in charge. He is the 12th manager in Bundesliga history to fail to take a single point from any of his first four fixtures in the dugout.
Torsten Lieberknecht was the last manager to start a BL season with zero points from four games (2013/14 with Braunschweig). If Zorniger is also beaten by S04, he'll be the first manager since VfB legend Krasimir Balakov (2012 with FCK) to lose his first five BL games.
VfL Wolfsburg - Hertha Berlin
Wolfsburg have won four of their last five meetings with Hertha Berlin - their only defeat in that timeframe came in the capital on matchday 5 last term (1-0), when Salomon Kalou opened his Bundesliga account.
The Wolves were promoted to the top flight together with Hertha in 2007. Wolfsburg have been crowned champions, DFB Cup winners and have finished as runners-up since then, while Berlin have been relegated twice (2010 and 2012).
VfL are unbeaten in their last 24 home BL matches across multiple seasons (W18, D6). They were last defeated on home soil in March 2014 when they went down 6-1 to Bayern.
Hertha have only had more points on the board after four games than they do now (7) in two of their 33 top-flight campaigns: 2006/07 (8) and 1970/71 (9, converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
Having conceded just two goals this term, the Wolves have the best defence in the league together with FC Bayern - it's also the Wolves' best defensive record at this stage of a BL campaign.
The first of Pal Dardai's 297 league games for Hertha was against VfL Wolfsburg: He was subbed on in a 1-0 home win on 3rd March 1997.
Vedad Ibisevic, who was promoted to the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim in 2008 together with Luiz Gustavo, has netted twice in 10 competitive matches against the Wolves. The forward is yet to score in five trips to Wolfsburg.
Luiz Gustavo is set to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance. He has scored 14 goals, assisted nine and been sent off seven times in his 199 top-flight matches so far for Hoffenheim, Bayern and Wolfsburg.
Julian Draxler, who will turn 22 one day after the game, has won each of his four competitive encounters against Hertha BSC, bagging two goals in the process.