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Rich 8th Aug 2013 - 9:32

Bunesliga Opta Facts - Matchday 1 - August 9th-11th 2013

Bayern Munich - Borussia Monchengladbach

  • Bayern have won only one of their last four Bundesliga meetings with Borussia Monchengladbach (D1 L2).
  • The last two seasons to begin with a defeat for Bayern were during the 2011/12 and 2001/02 campaigns, both losses came against Monchengladbach (each ending 1-0).
  • Bayern collected 91 points in 2012/13 which set a new Bundesliga record. The old record was 81 points set by Borussia Dortmund in 2011/12.
  • The difference between Bayern Munich (1st) and Borussia Dortmund (2nd) at the end of the last season was 25 points, the biggest gulf in Bundesliga history.
  • Monchengladbach were the only side to score first in both league meetings against Bayern Munich during last season.
  • The last three teams who won on matchday one against the respective German champions could not finish the (respective) season higher than 14th in the table.
  • Bayern haven't lost any of their last 25 Bundesliga games (W21 D4); their current club record is 27 unbeaten games (May 1988 - March 1989).
  • Bayern set up a new club record with their 4-3 victory over Monchengladbach on matchday 34; they have now scored in each of their last 37 Bundesliga games.
  • Bayern have won all eight of their Bundesliga home games in 2013. Bayern's last Bundesliga home game which didn't result in a victory came against Monchengladbach (ending 1-1 on matchday 17 of the 2012/13 season).
  • Mario Gomez moved to Serie A club Fiorentina. He has been the most efficient striker in Bundesliga history after Gerd Müller (minimum 20 goals); Gomez scored a goal every 113 minutes on average (Gerd Müller one in 105).
  • Dante Bonfim Costa Santos moved from Monchengladbach to Bayern in summer 2012. The defensive player came to Monchengladbach in 2009 and appeared in 93 Bundesliga games for the club (eight goals).

1899 Hoffenheim - 1. FC Nurnberg

  • Hoffenheim have won four of their eight Bundesliga duels against Nurnberg (D2 L2).
  • The last three Bundesliga duels between these sides have seen 14 goals in total.
  • Hoffenheim have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five matches against Monchengladbach.
  • Only Bayern scored more goals from set-piece situations (22) in 2012/13 than Nurnberg (21); 53% of Nurnberg's goals came from a set-piece.
  • Hoffenheim conceded 67 goals last season; more than any other side in the Bundesliga. They conceded 23 goals from set-pieces; this was also a league high last season.
  • Hoffenheim collected just 31 points last season; 10 points fewer than their previous lowest Bundesliga tally (2011/12).
  • Nurnberg finished among the top ten in the table for the third season in a row.
  • Nurnberg have won only two of their last 15 Bundesliga away games (D5 L8).
  • Only Furth (35%) and Augsburg (32%) had a lower conversion rate of big chances in 2012/13 than Nurnberg (36%). Only three sides had fewer big chances than Nurnberg (53).
  • Kevin Volland was Hoffenheim's top scorer in 2012/13. He is the only player of his side to appear in every competitive match last season.
  • Nurnberg's former striker Marek Mintal (32 goals in 121 Bundesliga games) is now assistant coach at his old side. He became top goal scorer in 2004/05 (Bundesliga) and won the German Cup in 2007 with Nurnberg.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - SC Freiburg

  • Leverkusen have won seven of their last ten duels against Freiburg (D2 L1). Their first home game in 2012/13 also came against Freiburg, Levekusen won the game 2-0.
  • Freiburg's 2-0 victory at Leverkusen in March 2012 resulted in the sacking of Robin Dutt as Leverkusen's head coach. Leverkusen have lost only twice at home since (Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund).
  • Freiburg enter their fifth consecutive Bundesliga campaign; this is a new club record.
  • Freiburg haven't won an opening match in the Bundesliga in twelve years. Their last victory on the first matchday came in 2001/02 against Bremen (3-0).
  • Leverkusen have won only one of their last six Bundesliga opening matches (D2 L3).
  • Leverkusen have won six of their last eight Bundesliga games, they have also won their last five consecutive Bundesliga games. Five consecutive BL victories for Leverkusen last came in 2011.
  • Freiburg kept 13 clean sheets in 2012/13; this matched the previous club record (set in 2000/01).
  • Former Liverpool player Sami Hyypiä is one of three new head coaches in the Bundesliga (along with Pep Guardiola/Bayern and Robin Dutt/Bremen). Hyypiä is the third foreign head coach in Leverkusen's Bundesliga history (the other two were Dragoslav Stepanovic and Rinus Michels).
  • Stefan Kießling has scored in each of his last six Bundesliga games. Never has a Leverkusen player scored in seven consecutive Bundesliga games.
  • Heung-Min Son moved from Hamburg to Leverkusen for €10m this summer. He is the most expensive acquisition in the club's history after Andre Schürrle (€14.5m). Schürrle recently moved to Chelsea for €22m, the most the club have ever sold a player for.

Hannover 96 - VFL Wolfsburg

  • Hannover have won their last three duels against Wolfsburg.
  • Wolfsburg are unbeaten in their last ten Bundesliga games (W3 D7). Their last defeat came against Schalke in March (4-1). Their club record is eleven unbeaten games in a row (2008/09, when they won the Bundesliga).
  • In 2012/13, Hannover collected 71% of their points at home (32 of 45), this is highest proportion of all sides last season.
  • Wolfsburg collected 26 points on the road last season (like Leverkusen); only Bayern Munich (47) and Borussia Dortmund (33) picked up more.
  • Wolfsburg collected a league high 15 points after falling behind last season.
  • Hannover finished on 9th last season and in doing so have finished among the top nine in each of their last three seasons.
  • Wolfsburg's Dieter Hecking hasn't lost any of his last ten Bundesliga games; this is a new personal record for the coach.
  • Hecking was coach at Hannover between September 2006 - August 2009. He has lost each of his last five meetings with his former side (L4 as Nurnberg coach, L1 as Wolfsburg coach).
  • Diego made his first Bundesliga appearance against Hannover in August 2006 (with Werder Bremen), scoring one goal and collecting two assists. He scored four goals and assisted another five in his nine Bundesliga games against Hannover.
  • Wolfsburg's Makoto Hasebe will miss the game due to a red card.

FC Augsburg - Borussia Dortmund

  • Augsburg and Dortmund will meet for the fifth time in a competitive match. Dortmund have won three of their four meetings; with Borussia netting 11 times. Augsburg managed just three during the same period.
  • Augsburg will play their third Bundesliga campaign; they have always started the season with a home game. They haven't won any of them (D1 L1).
  • Dortmund have not won any of their last three Bundesliga games (D2 L1). Four consecutive Bundesliga games without a Dortmund victory last came in 2009 (6 consecutive games without victory between August and September of that year).
  • Augsburg have not drawn any of their last 13 Bundesliga games; more than any other side currently.
  • Dortmund have scored in each of their last 21 Bundesliga games; only two other sides have had such a run in Bundesliga history.
  • The last Bundesliga away game without a Dortmund goal came in March 2012; a goalless draw at Augsburg.
  • Robert Lewandowski scored his only Bundesliga hat trick on 1st October 2011, when Dortmund won 4-0 against Augsburg. He also assisted one goal in that game.
  • No player has scored as many goals in the Bundesliga against Augsburg as Robert Lewandowski; who has scored six in his four meetings with Augsburg.
  • Lewandowski has been directly involved in a goal against Augsburg once every 42 minutes on average.
  • Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller will miss the game due to picking up a red card on matchday 34 last season against Hoffenheim.

Hertha BSC Berlin - Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Berlin have won eleven of their last 14 home games against Frankfurt (L3).
  • Frankfurt won their last duel at Berlin (3-1, November 2009).
  • Against no other club have Berlin won as many Bundesliga games as against Berlin (24 in 50 matches).
  • Against no other club have Berlin scored more Bundesliga goals than against Frankfurt (86).
  • Hertha finished 1st in the second division. Every season where Berlin have finished top of the second division has resulted in their immediate relegation one year later in the Bundesliga.
  • Berlin collected 76 points last season; more than any other side in the history of the second division (only seasons with 34 matchdays).
  • Frankfurt were inside the top six in the table during the entire 2012/13 campaign; only Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich also achieved this feat.
  • Frankfurt became the first newly promoted side since Kaiserslautern in 1997/98, to qualify for the Europa League/Champions League (not regarding teams who qualified for Europa via the German Cup).
  • Berlin have not lost any of their last 18 home games (second division and Bundesliga).
  • Berlin have however, won only four of their last 33 Bundesliga home games (D9 L20).
  • 22 of Berlin's 65 goals (34%) last season were scored in the closing 15 minutes.
  • Maik Franz will miss the games due to picking up a red card on matchday 34 against Cottbus in the second division; the 7th red card in his professional career. Franz has a history with Frankfurt, he appeared in 50 Bundesliga games for the club (6 goals).
  • Ronny was involved in 29 goals for Berlin last season (18 goals, 11 assists).
  • 13 of Ronny's 18 goals last season came from outside the box (including five direct free kicks).
  • Alexander Meier, Frankfurt's top goal scorer (16 goals) and top scorer (+ 3 assists) last season, was Frankfurt's most successful midfielder since Andreas Möller in 1990/91 (16 goals as well).

Eintracht Braunschweig - Werder Bremen

  • Braunschweig have lost their last seven competitive meetings with Bremen - with a goal difference of 2-21.
  • Braunschweig's last Bundesliga victory against Bremen came in October 1982 (3-1 at home).
  • Against no side have Braunschweig lost as many Bundesliga games as against Bremen (7).
  • Braunschweig haven't played in the top flight for exactly 10,290 days. Their last Bundesliga match took place on June 8th 1985 (0-1 against Bayern Munich).
  • Braunschweig have always won their opening game of a season since Torsten Lieberknecht was appointed as their coach (five years - five victories in opening games).
  • Bremen haven't won any of their last four Bundesliga ‘primetime' games (i.e. the Saturday evening game), collecting only one of 12 possible points from these matches (goal difference: 2-13).
  • Braunschweig drew five of their final seven home games in Bundesliga.2 (W1 L1).
  • Kevin de Bruyne - Bremen's top scorer in 2012/13 - has moved back to Chelsea. He scored Bremen's final four Bundesliga goals of the season.
  • Domi Kumbela; the top goal scorer in the second division last season with 19 goals, is expected to miss the game as he hasn't appeared in a competitive match for more than three months due to an injury.
  • Torsten Lieberknecht has been coach at Braunschweig for more than five years; a spell that is longer than any other current Bundesliga coach at their current side.
  • However, this will be Lieberknecht's first Bundesliga match as a coach.
  • Thomas Eichin was appointed CEO at Bremen on February 15th. Bremen haven't won a game since this date.
  • Bremen haven't won any of their last 13 Bundesliga games; an unwanted club record.

1. FSV Mainz 05 - VFB Stuttgart

  • Their last meeting, which took place on matchday 34 last season, resulted in a 2-2 draw.
  • Ede and Nicolai Müller scored for Mainz, Boka and Wetklo (OG) for Stuttgart.
  • Stuttgart have won seven of their 14 Bundesliga meetings with Mainz (D4 L3).
  • Mainz haven't lost any of their last five home games against Stuttgart (W3 D2).
  • Mainz haven't lost any of their last five opening matches of a Bundesliga season, including a 2-0 victory over Stuttgart on MD1 in 2010/11.
  • Bayern Munich were the only BL side to play more competitive games last season (54) than Stuttgart (52, like Dortmund). In 2013/14 Stuttgart will again play in the Europa League qualification stages, thus giving them more competitive matches at the beginning of the season than any other Bundesliga side.
  • Mainz haven't won any of their last nine Bundesliga games (L4 D5). A longer run without Bundesliga victory for Mainz last came between August and December 2006 (16 winless games).
  • Mainz drew 10 of their 17 Bundesliga games in the second half of the 2012/13 season. They won only two of these matches (only Bremen and Dusseldorf managed as few).
  • Stuttgart have conceded a goal in each of their last five Bundesliga games (on average 1.8 per game).
  • Shinji Okazaki switched sides in summer. He appeared for Stuttgart against his new club Mainz in the last Bundesliga game on MD 34 of 2012-13.
  • Adam Szalai has moved to Schalke and Andreas Ivanschitz has been transferred to Levante (Primera Division). These two were involved in 62% of Mainz's goals 2012/13.

FC Schalke 04- Hamburger SV

  • Against no other side have Schalke lost more Bundesliga home games than against Hamburg (13, like against Bayern Munich).
  • Schalke won their last meeting with Hamburg on MD 31 (4-1) after Hamburg had gone 1-0 ahead. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick in that fixture.
  • Schalke have lost only one of their last 13 Bundesliga games on a Sunday (0-2 at Bayern Munich in February 2012 - W8 D4).
  • Schalke have won each of their last five home games in the Bundesliga on a Sunday, netting at least three goals in each of these matches.
  • Hamburg found themselves ahead in 19 games last season. They lost only one of these matches (W14 D4). Unfortunately, that defeat came at Schalke on MD 31 last season (1-4).
  • Hamburg have conceded in each of their last nine Bundesliga games - their longest run since 2011 (16 consecutive games without clean sheet between April - November).
  • Schalke haven't won any of their last three opening games (D1 L2), including a 1-2 defeat at Hamburg on MD 1 in 2010/11.
  • Schalke conceded 50 goals last season - their worst defensive performance since 1998/99, when they conceded 54 goals.
  • Julian Draxler and Klaas Jan Huntelaar were Schalke's top goalscorers last season (10 goals each).
  • Draxler was involved in eight goals in his last 10 games (six goals, two assists), including five opening goals of the game.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored seven goals in only five Bundesliga appearances against Hamburg.
  • Rene Adler made his first Bundesliga appearance against Schalke, contributing with a brilliant performance to a seal a 1-0 victory with his former side Leverkusen.
  • Schalke's Joel Matip and Hamburg's Heiko Westermann both made three individual errors which lead to a goal last season (like only Bremen's Lukimya).




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