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Callum Jones 30th Mar 2016 - 19:23

German Bundesliga Opta Facts 01-03 Apr

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - VfL Wolfsburg

o Wolfsburg have won each of their last four Bundesliga matches against Bayer 04 - including a thrilling 5-4 victory in Leverkusen last term (otherwise 3-1, 4-1 and 2-1).
o None of the last 37 meetings of the sides have finished goalless. Leverkusen have netted in each of the last 26 clashes. They have scored 45 times in the 18 meetings to take place on their own patch in the Bundesliga to date (2.5 per game).
o Leverkusen go into the game on the back of their first consecutive wins this year. VfL took just one point in that timeframe, despite facing two strugglers (1-0 loss vs. TSG, 1-1 vs. SVD).
o Both sides played in this season's Champions League but have struggled domestically. Leverkusen (12) and Wolfsburg (10) have won just 22 matches between them - as many as FCB have managed themselves!
o B04 haven't netted themselves in any of their last four at home. They were shut out by FCB and BVB and profited from own goals vs. SVD (Papy Djilobodji) and HSV (Albin Ekdal).
o Bernd Leno hasn't conceded a goal in his last 304 minutes of competitive football. He hasn't been beaten since the Europa League last 16 first leg against Villarreal CF.
o VfL have won just two away matches this term (1-0 vs. SVD and 4-0 vs. H96). This is a league low (same as TSG and SGE). They have scored just 11 goals in their 13 away matches to date.
o Wolfsburg's Andre Schürrle used to play for Leverkusen (2011-2013 - 65 Bundesliga appearances, 18 goals). He's in good form, netting five goals in the last five competitive games.

FC Bayern München - Eintracht Frankfurt

o Bayern haven't conceded against SGE for 667 minutes and are just three minutes short of a new Bundesliga record (Gladbach kept Bielefeld at bay for 669 minutes, 2003-2009).
o FCB have won nine of their last 10 home games against Frankfurt (D1 - 0-0 in November 2007). The Eagles have won on just three of their 44 Bundesliga visits to Munich.
o Bayern lead the home rankings in 2015/16; Eintracht have the worst away record (9 points). The Bavarians have won 17 of their 18 games at the Allianz Arena this campaign; SGE have lost five of their last six away matches.
o The Eagles ended an eight-game winless run last time out (1-0 vs. H96 - in Niko Kovac's second game in charge). That was their first win since matchday 18 (3-2 vs. VfL).
o FCB have conceded just 13 goals this term - equalling the record they first set three seasons ago. Guardiola's men have kept 17 clean sheets this season - the record at this stage of the season lies at 18 (set by themselves in 2014/15).
o Bayern have won each of their last 13 games immediately following an international break (F45, A6). Their last defeat in this sort of game came in 2011/12 (1-0 vs. BVB on MD13).
o SGE have covered an average of 117.9km per game since Niko Kovac took over - a 6km increase on figure for the 25 previous matches (111.8km).
o Niko Kovac (2001-2003) and Robert Kovac (2001-2005) played for FC Bayern and won the double in 2003. Robert repeated this feat in 2005. They also lifted the Intercontinental Cup together in 2001.
o Robert Lewandowski set a new personal season best by netting his 25th goal of the Bundesliga season last time out. He is FCB's top scoring foreign player within a season - an honour previously held by Luca Toni (24 goals, 2007/08).
o Xabi Alonso is on the cusp of his 50th Bundesliga appearance and Manuel Neuer is on the verge of his 150th clean sheet in the top flight. Thomas Müller has scored 148 competitive goals for Bayern to date - he needs two more to reach the 150 mark.

FC Ingolstadt 04 - FC Schalke 04

o The reverse fixture was the first competitive meeting of the sides (1-1).
o FCI are unbeaten at home in 2016 (W3, D2) - this is their longest run without a Bundesliga defeat in front of their own fans.
o Ingolstadt are, however, without a win in five (D4, L1) - their longest such run this term. Only Darmstadt (7 games) are waiting longer for a victory.
o Andre Breitenreiter's side have won three of their last four league games. They have lost just one of their last six in the Bundesliga (2-0 in Berlin on MD26).
o S04 have won just one of their last five games on the road in all competitions (D2, L2). They have been shut out in three of their last four competitive away fixtures.
o FCI have found the back of the net in each of their last six Bundesliga fixtures - a new club record. Ahead of this recent upturn in goalscoring form, their benchmark stood at just two.
o 10 of Ingolstadt's last 13 league goals have come from set pieces. The Schanzer have netted 15 goals on home soil this term. 10 of these strikes have come from dead balls, including two from free kicks in their last home match (3-3 vs. VfB).
o Andre Breitenreiter has never lost to FCI as a head coach, despite his side falling behind in every meeting to date. In 2013/14 he encountered them as SCP boss in the second division (1-1 H, 2-1 A). This season's reverse fixture ended 1-1 in Gelsenkirchen before Christmas.
o FCI captain Marvin Matip could face brother Joel (6 years younger) this weekend. They played against each other competitively for the first time in the reverse fixture.
o Schalke keeper Ralf Fährmann made seven stops during the recent 2-1 victory over Gladbach, including a stunning save to stop Andreas Christensen equalising in the 89th minute.
o Lukas Hinterseer has scored on each of his last four Bundesliga appearances. He averages a goal every 58 minutes in 2016 - the best ratio in the division.

SV Darmstadt 98 - VfB Stuttgart

o VfB are unbeaten against the Lilies in the top flight (W4, D1) - Stuttgart have only faced Saarbrücken more times in the Bundesliga without losing (8 games).
o The Lilies have netted 16 goals from set pieces this season - only Stuttgart have scored more (17). However, only Bremen (18) have conceded more goals from dead balls than VfB (17).
o Darmstadt are without a win in seven (D4, L3) - their longest winless sequence under Dirk Schuster. It is also the division's longest currently ongoing run without a win. Their last victory came on matchday 20 (2-0 vs. TSG).
o SVD have taken the lead in five of their last seven games but failed to hold on to any of those advantages. They have dropped 24 points from winning positions this term - a league high.
o Schuster's side sit 17th in the home table and are the only team this term yet to win more than once in front of their own fans (only win came vs. Bremen on MD6). The Lilies have taken just three points from the last 27 available on their own patch.
o Stuttgart are unbeaten in six against newly promoted sides (W3, D3) - their last defeat against a newcomer dates back to August 2014 (2-0 vs. Köln).
o VfB will face a side below them in the table for just the sixth time in 2015/16 this weekend. They have lost four of the previous five (the 5-1 win vs. TSG on MD25 is the only exception).
o Darmstadt have shipped 29 goals in the second half - a league high (same as VfB). SVD have scored fewer times after the break than any other side (10). Stuttgart's tally stands at 25.
o SVD have won just 94 corners this term, 23.9% of which find a man (only Hoffenheim and Hannover - 22.9% each - have worse accuracy). Despite this, only Stuttgart (8) have scored more goals from corners this season than Darmstadt (7).
o Dirk Schuster faced Jürgen Kramny's Stuttgart reserves on four occasions in the third division (whilst managing Stuttgarter Kickers and Darmstadt). The current SVD boss came out on top in three of the four encounters (D1).
o Jürgen Kramny played for Darmstadt in the Regionalliga Süd in the first half of the 2005/06 campaign (15 appearances, 1 goal) - his manager was Bruno Labbadia.

Hannover 96 - Hamburger SV

o 96 are unbeaten in seven Bundesliga home games against HSV, taking 17 out of a possible 21 points in the process. Hamburg's last win in Hannover dates back to 2007, during Huub Stevens' tenure when Collin Benjamin grabbed the winner (1-0).
o Hannover 96 have scored 77 Bundesliga goals against Hamburger SV. They have only netted more goals against VfB Stuttgart (78).
o The Lower Saxony club have just 17 points to their name. All 17 teams that have collected fewer than 19 after 27 games have been relegated. The last side to be in a worse position at this stage of a season were Greuther Fürth in 2012/13 (15 points).
o 96 have suffered 20 defeats this season - a negative club record after 27 Bundesliga games. Only Tasmania Berlin have lost more times by this point of a season (23, 1965/66). They have lost more matches than any other professional side in Germany this term - Stuttgart's reserves are their closest challenges in this regard (15 defeats).
o If HSV win in Hannover, they'll have twice as many points (34) as 96 (17).
o Hamburg have won just two of their last 13 Bundesliga games (D4, L7) and have dropped 15 points from leading positions this season - almost twice as many as in 2014/15 (8).
o H96 have lost 11 of their 13 home games this season (W2) - a new negative record in the Bundesliga. Tasmania Berlin previously held the record, losing 10 of their opening 12.
o 96 have lost each of their last six home games and are on a 440-minute goal drought in front of their own fans - both negative club records in the Bundesliga.
o Hannover have won just three of their last 27 games in the second half of a Bundesliga season (D7, L17), taking 16 of a possible 81 points in the process.
o Only one of HSV's last 38 shots have gone in - and that was from the penalty spot last time out!
o Thomas Schaaf has lost 90% of the games Hannover have played under him (9/10) - the highest proportion of defeats suffered by a Bundesliga boss in a single spell at a club. He has, however, beaten HSV more frequently than any other side (16 times).

1. FSV Mainz 05 - FC Augsburg

o Mainz are unbeaten in four against FCA. The Swbaians took just one point in that timeframe (3-3 in the reverse fixture). They have lost on their last three visits to the city (F1, A7).
o The 05ers have taken just two points from their last three games. They have never gone longer than three games without a win under Martin Schmidt.
o Augsburg have won just one of their last 10 league games, including none of the most recent five (D3, L2). They have, however, already been on a longer drought once this term (7 without a win, MD6-MD12).
o FSV are unbeaten in seven at home (W5, D2). This is their best run of form in front of their own fans since 2014 (8 without defeat, March-October).
o Mainz have 41 points to their name currently, meaning they have already overtaken their tally from the whole of last season (40). They have only had a higher tally after 27 games on one occasion (44 in 2010/11 - also 41 in 2013/14).
o Weinzierl's men have claimed just eight points from their 10 games in 2016 - their lowest-ever return at this point of a new year (previously always at least 12 at this stage).
o The Swabians conceded just one goal in seven games between matchdays 13 and 19, however, they have let 18 in over the course of the subsequent eight matches. They conceded multiple goals in seven of these eight fixtures.
o Mainz have netted just five of their 35 league goals this term from set pieces. This is a league low proportionally speaking (14.3%) and in raw terms (all other sides have scored at least 6 times in this manner).
o FCA have let 19 points slip after leading - only Darmstadt (24) and Hoffenheim (22) can top this. They are one of three teams yet to win a game after going behind (D3, L12).
o Yunus Malli, Mainz's leading scorer with 10 goals, hasn't had a shot in any of his last four appearances. He did, however, create their goal in Bremen last time out.
o M05 duo Giulio Donati and Jairo Samperio will miss the game through suspension.

Borussia Dortmund - SV Werder Bremen

o BVB have won eight of their last nine Bundesliga matches against Bremen (L1). Werder have lost on their last eight trips to Dortmund - their worst run of form against a particular opponent on the road since the 1970s (8 vs. BMG, 1973- 1979).
o If Dortmund beat SVW they would guarantee themselves a top four spot, meaning they will definitely be playing in next season's Champions League.
o Borussia Dortmund's tally of 64 points is their highest at this stage of a Bundesliga season. Eight sides who lifted the title had fewer to their name after 27 games.
o Borussia have set a Bundesliga record by conceding just three goals in their first 10 games of a new year (previously 4 - set by FCB in 2014 and 2003).
o Werder are the first side in Bundesliga history not to keep a single clean sheet in any of their first 27 games of a season. SVW have actually gone 30 top-flight matches without a shutout - the third-longest wait in the history of the division.
o BVB have taken 35 points from their 13 home games to date this term - a new club record (previously 34, 2011/12).
o Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored 10 goals this term - a new personal best. BVB have gone on to win the last 19 league games in which he's netted.
o Adrian Ramos has been directly involved in a Bundesliga goal every 50 minutes this term (5 goals, 3 assists) - the best average in the league.
o Claudio Pizarro has score 101 Bundesliga goals for Bremen (club high, same as Marco Bode). He has scored 10 goals in 2016 - a figure only Robert Lewandowski can match.
o Roman Bürki has saved 88% of shots on his goal since Christmas. His opposite number, Felix Wiedwald, has kept one clean sheet in his 38 Bundesliga appearances to date (during SGE's 2-0 win over BVB in November 2014).

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Hertha BSC

o Gladbach have won seven of their last 10 competitive meetings (9 Bundesliga games, 1 DFB Cup tie) against Hertha (D2, L1 - 1-0 in October 2013).
o Borussia have won each of the last four Bundesliga matches against BSC. This is the Foals' longest winning streak against a side currently competing in the top flight.
o Hertha face Hannover, Hoffenheim, Bayern, Leverkusen and Darmstadt between matchdays 29 and 33. Gladbach face the same sides in the same order between matchdays 30 and 34.
o Borussia have won their last four home games and have not conceded in front of their own fans for 304 minutes. They have lost just one of their last 12 Bundesliga matches at Borussia-Park (3-1 vs. BVB on MD18, otherwise W10, D1).
o Hertha have won four of their last five matches (also a 2-0 defeat vs. HSV) - only BVB (13) picked up more points in that period.
o Only Bayern (13) and BVB (26) have conceded fewer goals than the side from the capital (27). The record champions (17) are the only side to have kept more clean sheets than BSC (12).
o BMG have lost just one of their last 22 Sunday games at home (2-1 vs. M05 in August 2015, otherwise W16, D5). Berlin's recent record on the final day of the weekend is poor (D2, L7).
o Only Dortmund (2.6) have required fewer shots on target per goal than BSC (2.8; Gladbach are third with 2.9). Only FCI (1.4) have a better points-per-goal ratio than Hertha (1.3).
o Salomon Kalou has scored 13 goals in 25 games this season - more than twice what he managed in 27 games last campaign (6). The Ivorian has bagged eight away goals - only Robert Lewandowski has more (9).
o Gladbach's Martin Hinteregger scored an own goal last time out vs. Schalke. He has now put the ball past his own keeper on two occasions, despite making just nine Bundesliga appearances to date. This is a new top-flight record. The benchmark was previously held by Dieter Pulter (2 in first 10 appearances, 1963).

TSG Hoffenheim - 1. FC Köln

o Köln are unbeaten in eight Bundesliga games vs. TSG (W4, D4) - their longest run without a defeat against any current top-flight competitor.
o Only Dortmund (19) and Bayern (16) have claimed more points than Hoffenheim (13, same as Hertha BSC) since Julian Nagelsmann took the job.
o Hoffenheim have won their last two games - their first consecutive victories within a season since March 2014. They haven't claimed three on the spin since the start of 2010/11.
o Peter Stöger's sides have taken just nine points from their 10 games in 2016 - only two sides have a weaker record. Their points-per-game average before Christmas stood at 1.4. That figure has slumped to 0.9 since the winter break.
o The Sinsheim club have taken 14 points from 10 games in 2016 - one more than they managed in the entire first half of the campaign (13).
o Köln have lost just one of their last eight away games (1-0 in Gladbach, otherwise W2, D5).
o Julian Nagelsmann has won his first three home games as Hoffenheim head coach - he is the first head coach to manage this. This is their longest winning sequence on their own patch since autumn 2008 (6 on that occasion).
o This game sees the only two sides yet to score from outside the box this term face off.
o TSG have won each of their last seven Sunday games. The Billy Goats have also been strong on the final day of the weekend in recent times (W5, D2, L1 - 1-0 vs. Hannover courtesy of Leon Andreasen's infamous handled goal).
o Andrej Kramaric has scored four goals in his first eight Bundesliga games for Hoffenheim. Only one player has reached that mark quicker for TSG - current Köln forward Anthony Modeste, who needed just five appearances, to score four times for his former side.
o TSG's Oliver Baumann has made more saves (130) and touched the ball more often (1,408 times) than any other goalkeeper playing in Europe's top five divisions.



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