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Simon Gott 11th Sep 2013 - 14:53

Bundesliga Opta Facts Match Day 5


Hertha Berlin - VfB Stuttgart

Hertha BSC's home record against VfB Stuttgart speaks for itself. In 28 matches, they have recorded 17 wins and just four defeats (D7); the last defeat was in April 2010 (a 1-0 loss).

Hertha's last encounter with Stuttgart however, resulted in a 5-0 away defeat. The joint highest win in this fixture along with Stuttgart's 5-0 win in December 1979.

Including last season, Hertha were undefeated in their last 13 league games (nine wins, four draws) before losing to Wolfsburg on matchday 4. Before that, their last defeat came in the second division when they suffered defeat at the hands of Dresden (1-0).

At home however, Hertha are undefeated in their last 20 games (15 wins, 5 draws). Their last home defeat was matchday 32 in 2011/12 (2-1 loss against Kaiserslautern).

Stuttgart have not collected a single point in away games this season. Both away matches ended in defeat. Their last victory away from home was in May 2013 (2-1 win in Schalke).

Stuttgart have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches (their last clean sheet was on April 14th, in a 2-0 victory against Gladbach). The last time they had a longer run failing to keep a clean sheet was between October 2011 and February 2012 (11 games). That run came to end with a 5-0 win against Hertha BSC.

Hertha have only achieved two better starts to a season in their Bundesliga history, seven points from four games. In the 2006/07 campaign they had eight points from four games and more than 40 years ago, in the 1970/71 season, they had nine points after their first four games (assuming three points for a win).

Timo Werner made Bundesliga history on matchday 4 against Hoffenheim. The 17-year-old became the youngest Bundesliga player ever to provide two assists in a single game (since the introduction of the detailed data collection in 2004/05).

After his hat-trick against Hoffenheim, Vedad Ibisevic is now the Bundesliga top scorer this season with five goals (along with Mainz's Müller).

Thomas Schneider celebrated a perfect Bundesliga debut as a manager with Stuttgart's 6-2 win against Hoffenheim. It was the highest debut win for a Stuttgart manager since the Bundesliga was introduced in 1963/64.


FC Bayern München - Hannover 96

In April 2010, Hannover suffered their heaviest Bundesliga defeat when they lost 7-0 in Munich (they also lost 7-0 in Stuttgart in 1986). The club's biggest defeats of the 2012/13 season also came against Bayern (5-0 in Munich, 6-1 at home).

FC Bayern have won their last 6 home games against Hannover with a goal difference of +23 (25 goals to two). Their only home defeat against Hannover came back in November 2006; with Szabolcs Huszti scoring the only goal.

Hannover have equalled a club record collecting nine points from their first four matchdays. 48 years ago, in the 1965/66 season, was the last time the club had this many points. Nevertheless, Hannover's goal difference (+3) is better this year than back then (+-0).

Bayern have taken 10.6% of their chances this season; the fourth worst in the league. Last season, Bayern had the joint best chance-conversion rate (20.8%; along with Hannover).

In the seven games under Pep Guardiola, Bayern have had seven different line-ups. Under Guardiola's management, no players have been in the starting eleven of every game.

Bayern have already conceded eight goals in their first seven competitive fixtures this season (in all competitions). Last season, they reached this tally after 14 games.

Hannover's top points-scorer Szabolcs Huszti (three goals, one assist) is suspended. In the 2012/13 season, Huszti was the club's top points-scorer (14 goals, 14 assists).

Manuel Neuer, who is on the verge of his 100th Bundesliga clean sheet, made his Bundesliga debut in the 2006/07 season (1-0 win in Aachen) under Mirko Slomka.


Bayer 04 Leverkusen - VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have never won a Bundesliga game in Leverkusen. In 16 encounters, Leverkusen have won 12 games (four draws). It's Wolfsburg's second worst away record in the Bundesliga. Their worst is against FC Bayern München (one draw, 15 defeats).

There has never been a stalemate between these two teams. In 32 Bundesliga matches, there has been an average of 3.2 goals per game and a total of 103 goals scored (Leverkusen 58, Wolfsburg 45).

In their last 21 games against Wolfsburg, Leverkusen have always scored at least one goal (their longest run against any current Bundesliga side). In 10 of their last 13 games, Leverkusen have managed to score at least two goals per game.

Leverkusen have won their last five Bundesliga home games and are undefeated in the BayArena in their last six matches. The last team to take points from Leverkusen was VfL Wolfsburg on matchday 28 of last year's campaign (1-1 draw).

Wolfsburg have not won a Bundesliga away match in their last four attempts (D2 L2). This season's away games both ended in defeat (2-0 defeats in Mainz and Hannover).

Bayer 04 have lost just one of their last 12 Bundesliga games (9 wins, 2 draws) - a 2-0 defeat in Schalke on matchday 4. Ahead of the Schalke game, Leverkusen were on an eight match winning streak in the Bundesliga.

Leverkusen have scored at least one goal in their last 22 home games; on average scoring 2.3 goals per game. The last time they scored in more consecutive games was between 2003 and 2004 (30 home games scoring at least one goal).

After Luiz Gustavo served his one match ban on matchday 4, this will be the first matchday of the season that no Wolfsburg players are suspended for.

Marcel Schäfer could make his 200th Bundesliga appearance against Leverkusen. He has played 198 times for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.


SV Werder Bremen - Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt have secured 30 victories, including 10 away wins against Bremen. Only against Gladbach have they collected the same amount of total and away wins.

Frankfurt are undefeated in their last six Bundesliga matches against Bremen (three wins, three draws). The last and only other time they had a similar record was between 1973 and 1976 (five wins, one draw).

Including last season, Frankfurt have won just one of their last six Bundesliga games (two draws, three defeats). Bremen have also struggled recently (two defeats).

Bremen have scored just three goals in four matches, while Frankfurt have scored just four goals. Only Braunschweig (one goal) have scored fewer goals than Bremen this season.

However, none of Bremen's last 54 league games have ended in a goalless draw; that is the longest run of its kind in the Bundesliga.

Across the league, Bremen have had the fewest shots (34) and are the only team not to have created a clear-cut chance.

Frankfurt's new signing Vaclav Kadlec has been directly involved in a goal in both of his Bundesliga appearances so far. His equaliser (1-1) against Dortmund on matchday 4 was his first goal in Germany's top flight and the first goal from a Frankfurt striker this season.

Armin Veh has faced Bremen 13 times in the Bundesliga with Rostock, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Frankfurt and has won seven games (D3 L3). In those 13 games, an impressive 57 goals were scored (an average of 4.38 per game).

Frankfurt skipper Pirmin Schwegler is out for several weeks with a collateral ligament tear. So far this season, Frankfurt have lost all three of their games when the Swiss player has been in the team, but without him they secured their first win of the season (2-0 in Braunschweig).

Santiago Garcia (Bremen) and Tranquillo Barnetta (Frankfurt) were two last minute signings for each club. Marko Arnautovic left Bremen for the English Premier League and with six assists last season, he provided the second most goals for Bremen.


1. FSV Mainz 05 - FC Schalke 04

FC Schalke 04 are undefeated in their last five away trips to 1. FSV Mainz (W3 D2). Against no other current Bundesliga side have Schalke collected more points from their last 5 away games than against Mainz (11, same as against Bremen).

Mainz's last Bundesliga home victory against Schalke was a 1-0 win in May 2006. However, they also secured a 1-0 home victory against Schalke in the quarterfinal of the German Cup in March 2009.

Mainz won the opening 3 matchdays but lost on matchday 4 with a 4-1 away defeat to Hannover. Schalke have collected just one point from their first 3 league encounters, but secured their first 3 points with a 2-0 win against Leverkusen on matchday 4.

While Mainz have won both of their home games this season (a 3-2 win against Suttgart and a 2-0 victory against Wolfsburg), Schalke have lost both of their away matches this season (4-0 defeat in Wolfsburg and a 2-1 loss in Hannover).

Jens Keller's first game as Schalke manager was the German Cup round of 16 game against Mainz; the Royal Blues suffered a 2-1 home defeat in December 2012.

Nicolai Müller has scored at least one goal on all 4 opening matchdays (5 goals in total). The last time a Bundesliga player scored in all 5 opening games was Stefan Kießling in 2009. Should Müller score against S04, he would match Kießling and equal the Bundesliga record.

The two best tacklers of the season so far will go head to head in this game; Bo Svensson (Mainz, won 77.8% of his challenges) and Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke, 76.5%).

Schalke's new signing Dennis Aogo is set to make his 150th Bundesliga appearance.

Adam Szalai and Christoph Moritz switched clubs this summer. Szalai scored 13 Bundesliga goals for Mainz last season (a total of 21 goals in 79 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz). Moritz made 54 Bundesliga appearances (1 goal) between 2009 and 2013 for Schalke.

Other players who have a history with their opponents are Mainz's Niko Bungert (2004-06) and Christian Wetklo (1995-99), as well as Schalke's Christian Fuchs (2010-11), Tim Hoogland (2007-10) and Roman Neustädter (1995-2009).


FC Augsburg - SC Freiburg

FC Augsburg have not beaten SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga in four attempts. They have lost two and drawn two, with both draws coming at home.

Weinzierl's side won their second game of the season by beating Nürnberg 1-0. They have now picked up more victories than in the whole of the first half of last season (1).

With only two points from four games, Freiburg have endured their worst ever start to a Bundesliga campaign. It's the first time they have not won a game in their opening four fixtures.

Augsburg have picked up two consecutive wins. This first happened for the club in the Bundesliga back in February/March 2013, when they beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and Bremen 1-0. Augsburg have never won 3 games in a row in the top flight.

SC Freiburg are a bogey team for FC Augsburg. Only one of the 12 league encounters has ended in victory for Augsburg (four draws, seven defeats).

Augsburg have won four of their last five home games. Only against Dortmund on matchday 1 did they suffer defeat (4-0).

Including last season, Freiburg have not won in their last five Bundesliga games (two draws, three defeats). The last time they were on such a poor run of form was between January and February of 2012. Under Streich, the club has not gone six consecutive games without winning before.

Fallou Diagne is set to make his 50th Bundesliga appearance - all in Freiburg colours (two goals). The Senegalese midfielder celebrated his top-flight debut on matchday 18 of the 2011/12 season against Augsburg (1-0).

Vladimir Darida moved to SC Freiburg from Viktoria Plzen shortly before the end of the transfer window. According to transfermarkt.de, his 4 million euro transfer fee makes him the most expensive player in Freiburg's history.


Borussia Dortmund - Hamburger SV

Four wins to start a Bundesliga season is something Dortmund have only managed once before - back in 2001/02, when they won the title. A draw would be enough for Dortmund to set an club record for a start to a season.

Dortmund have the chance to become the 12th team in Bundesliga history to start a season with five consecutive wins. The last team to achieve that was Bayern last season, as they went on to set a new record, winning the first eight games.

In the 2012/13 season, HSV managed to beat Klopp's men twice in the Bundesliga (3-2 at home and 4-1 in Dortmund). The 3-2 defeat in Hamburg on matchday 4 brought Dortmund's run of 31 Bundesliga games without defeat to an end.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first two Bundesliga goals in the 2-1 win in Frankfurt. Götze's replacement is the first Armenian to score in Germany's top flight.

Rafael van der Vaart has lost only one of his six encounters with Dortmund. He has won his last five games against Dortmund, scoring two and assisting three in the process.

In the 4-0 win against Braunschweig, Hakan Calhanoglu celebrated a scoring Bundesliga debut. His second goal came from a direct free kick - the first HSV player to score one in over a year and a half (Mladen Petric scored against Bremen in February 2012).

Since their 1-0 defeat in Gladbach back in April 2011, Dortmund are undefeated in 11 Saturday evening games (seven wins, four draws). At home, Klopp's team have not lost any of their Saturday evening games - that were introduced back in 2009 - winning nine and drawing three.

HSV, on the other hand, are without a win since January 2011 (1-0 in Schalke) in 11 Saturday evening games (five draws, six defeats), and have even lost the last five they've contested.


1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Hoffenheim and Gladbach will face each other for the 14th time in a competitive fixture. The side from the Kraichgau have been the more successful so far, winning seven, drawing four and losing only two. Hoffenheim will play their 175th Bundesliga game (56 wins, 49 draws, 69 defeats).

Against no other team in the Bundesliga have Gladbach picked up fewer average points than against Hoffenheim (0.9 points in 10 games). They have only won 20% of the games.

Hoffenheim have not lost in their last seven home games against Gladbach in all competitions - five wins, two draws. In the last three encounters between the two teams, TSG have not conceded.

Gladbach have never played as many away games (5) in the Bundesliga without winning (two draws) as they have against Hoffenheim.

After four matchdays, Hoffenheim have the best attack (12 goals) as well as the weakest defence (12 conceded) in the league. Seven of these goals conceded came from set-pieces - the highest in the league.

Hoffenheim have tasted defeat in their last seven Sunday games. The last win came on September 23rd, 2012 against Hannover (3-1) - their only win on a Sunday in the last 16 attempts.

In their last 10 Bundesliga games, Hoffenheim have always conceded at least one goal. If Gladbach score against TSG, then Hoffenheim will have conceded at least one goal for a club record 11 consecutive games.

Gladbach have lost five of their last six away games in the league, winning the other. This season, they have lost two and conceded seven - as many Hoffenheim.

Gladbach's midfielder Havard Nordtveit is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance (80 for Gladbach, 19 for 1. FC Nürnberg) and has scored three goals in the process. Against Bremen on matchday 4, he scored his first Bundesliga own goal.

Eugen Polanski played for Gladbach between 1994 and 2008, making his first Bundesliga appearance on February 12th, 2005 as an 18-year-old in a 2-0 defeat in Bremen. He played a total of 44 games for Gladbach in the Bundesliga, scoring just once.


Eintracht Braunschweig - 1. FC Nürnberg

Eintracht secured their only German championship with a win against Nürnberg. On the final day of the 1966/67 season, Braunschweig beat Nürnberg 4-1 to celebrate the greatest achievement in the club's history.

Braunschweig and Nürnberg have met each other 20 times in the Bundesliga (nine wins for Eintracht, eight for Nürnberg). The last meeting came in the first round of the German Cup in the 1987/88 season when FCN ran out 3-2 winners in Braunschweig.

Braunschweig are the only team in the league without a point after the first four fixtures, and have scored only one goal. This has happened four times in the Bundesliga before, most recently with Hansa Rostock in the 2007/08 season. Only two of the four teams were relegated come the end of the season.

Eintracht have not won any of their last eight competitive fixtures (two draws, six defeats). Their last win, one that resulted in their promotion to the top flight, came on matchday 31 last season with a 1-0 win in Ingolstadt in the second division.

In the last 12 Bundesliga games, Nürnberg have conceded at least one goal. March 16th, 2013 was the last time FCN kept a clean sheet (3-0 win against Schalke).

Braunschweig and Nürnberg are not only occupying the last two spots in the table, but also have the lowest possession figures (Braunschweig 39%, FCN 40%).

Nürnberg have already allowed 85 shots on their goal, a joint league highest along with Bremen. Braunschweig are close behind, allowing 82 shots. Only Bremen have had fewer clear-cut chances (0) than Braunschweig (1) and Nürnberg (4).

Norman Theuerkauf has already picked up four yellow cards. The last player to be suspended after the first five matchdays because of accumulated yellow cards was Rostock's Rene Rydlewicz back in the 2001/02 season. Theuerkauf could be the first Bundesliga player to pick up five yellow cards in his first five top-flight games though.

Torsten Lieberknecht is without a win in four Bundesliga games as Braunschweig manager. All other Eintracht managers had picked up their first win by the fourth matchday.

Daniel Ginczek is the most unfortunate player in the league; in 4 games, he has already hit the post or the crossbar three times.


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