German Bundesliga Opta Facts 05-07 Feb
The sides meet for the 100th time since the creation of the Bundesliga this weekend (94 top-flight clashes, 6 DFB Cup ties).
Werder return to Mönchengladbach 52 days after a dramatic 4-3 DFB Cup triumph in the city. They are on the hunt for their third win over the Foals this term. They have only beaten a side on three occasions within a campaign once before (Braunschweig in 1968/69).
This is the furthest into a season that SVW have been in the bottom three since March 1996.
Borussia have lost eight of their 19 games this term - their highest tally at this point of a campaign since 2010/11 (12). They stayed up that season by virtue of winning the relegation play-off, under the stewardship of Lucien Favre.
74% of Bremen's points have come on the road this term, with only five of their tally coming at home in 2015/16, a league low. However, only Bayern (22) and Dortmund (19) have claimed more points on their travels than Werder this season (14, same as 4 other teams).
Only Stuttgart (39) have conceded more goals than Gladbach (34, same as Hannover) and Bremen (36) this season. Werder have kept just one clean sheet in their last 32 Bundesliga away games (1-0 in Freiburg in March 2015).
SVW have netted six times in 2016, a league high. The last time they netted this many goals at this point of a calendar year was in 2004 - they ended that campaign as Champions.
The Foals have claimed just one point from their last six Friday matches (0-0 in Frankfurt in April 2015), failing to score in the process.
Claudio Pizarro netted twice last week against Hertha BSC (3-3), which saw him become the second-oldest brace scorer in Bundesliga history. He could make his 400th appearance in the top flight this weekend.
Felix Wiedwald (62.9%) and Yann Sommer (60.9%) have kept out a lower proportion of shots on their goal this season than any other regular Bundesliga keeper.
Schalke have won their last five at home to Wolfsburg (F13, A3). VfL's last win in Gelsenkirchen dates back to September 2009 (2-1).
The Wolves have won just three of their last 18 away to Schalke (D5 L10), failing to keep a clean sheet in that time (33 conceded in total).
Wolfsburg are winless in their last six Bundesliga outings (D3, L3) - their longest run without a win under Dieter Hecking. They last went on as long a winless run in autumn 2012 when they failed to record victory in seven straight games under Felix Magath.
VfL sit bottom of the away table (6 points). Their only win on the road came on matchday 10 (1-0 in Darmstadt).
Schalke have failed to win against Bundesliga sides playing in Europe this term (D1, L5). They last beat a continental competitor in February 2015 (1-0 vs. BMG).
Hecking's men have scored first in their last three games but ended up taking just one point in that timeframe (vs. Köln last time out).
No side has scored more counter-attack goals than Schalke this term (7, same as Frankfurt and Stuttgart). Wolfsburg are the only top-flight side yet to score in this manner, despite leading the league in this regard last season (10).
Wolfsburg are the only top-flight team yet to concede from a set piece, while Schalke have netted the most league goals from corners (5).
Julian Draxler returns to Schalke for the first time, having worn Royal Blues colours between 2001 and 2015 (119 Bundesliga appearances, 18 goals). He played for Schalke in the reverse fixture (3-0 to Wolfsburg).
Andre Breitenreiter made 24 Bundesliga appearances (1 goal) for the Wolves before moving on at the end of 1999.
Leroy Sane has been involved in more goals than any other S04 player this term (5 goals + 4 assists). All of his strikes, plus two of the assists, have come in the second half of matches.
FCI beat FCA for the first time ever earlier this term (1-0). Before then Augsburg had the upper hand (W4, D1). They have met four times in the second division, once in the Bundesliga and once in the DFB Cup.
Augsburg have won all three of their games at Ingolstadt (2-1, 2-1 and 4-1).
The Swabians are unbeaten in seven (W4, D3) - the longest current run in the top flight. They have only gone longer without a Bundesliga defeat on one occasion (8, in 2013/14).
Die Schanzer have let in 20 goals this term - only Bayern (9) have conceded fewer. Only two Bundesliga debutants have conceded fewer at this point of their maiden campaign: Bayern (18 in 1965/66) and Wuppertal (19 in 1972/73).
FCA have let in just one goal in their last seven Bundesliga games - a league low and a club record. They'd conceded 20 in their previous seven.
Ingolstadt have scored 12 times this term - a league low. They also foot the table in terms of their chance-conversion-rate (7.2%), number of clear-cut chances (19) and the proportion of these converted (26.3%).
FCA are yet to score or concede in 2016. FCI beat Mainz 1-0 but lost 2-0 to BVB last weekend.
Marwin Hitz has saved 30 of the 31 shots on target he has faced since November's international break - a league high (96.8%).
Augsburg will be without Daniel Baier due to suspension. He has missed just three of their 155 Bundesliga games to date.
Augsburg's Caiuby played for FC Ingolstadt between January 2011 and June 2014 (104 second-division appearances, 21 goals, 13 assists).
Hannover have won just one of their last 10 competitive meetings with Mainz (D5, L4) - a 4-1 home win in August 2013.
96 are unbeaten at home against the 05ers in the Bundesliga (W4, D5). Mainz are the only side that they have faced at least four times at home in the top flight without tasting defeat.
Hannover have lost their last five Bundesliga matches. The last time they suffered a longer winless run was in 2009/10 (9). With just 14 points after 19 games, this is their joint-worst top-flight campaign to date (same as 1971/72).
Saturday's game will see the 05ers play in the Bundesliga for the 10th time on Carnival weekend - and for the eighth time in a row away from home. They've lost just one of their last seven such fixtures (W3 D3).
Thomas Schaaf's men have taken just six points from their nine home games this term, equalling the club's negative record from 2002/03. They have also lost seven home matches in 2015/16 - which equals their highest tally at this point of a campaign.
Mainz have lost their last two league away games without scoring (194 minute drought on the road in total). Their top scorer, Yunus Malli (eight goals), hasn't scored for 482 minutes.
M05 covered more distance (125.2km) and made more sprints (814) than any other team in a single Bundesliga match last weekend. Danny Latza made 126 sprints, also a season-high.
Hannover's new signing Adam Szalai scored 21 goals in 79 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz between 2010 and 2013.
Mainz's new striker Emil Berggreen netted 10 goals in 26 second-division games for Eintracht Braunschweig.
Marcelo joined Beşiktaş from Hannover recently. He hadn't missed a minute of Bundesliga action since the start of last season. Alexander Milosevic moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal.
SGE have a negative Bundesliga record against VfB (W30, D19, L40). The Eagles have only been beaten more often in the top flight by FCB (47), BVB and HSV (41).
Stuttgart have lost just one of their last 10 league games in Frankfurt (W7 D2), scoring in every game (2.6 per game). Last term's meeting ended 5-4 to VfB.
The Eagles have scored 150 Bundesliga goals against Stuttgart - more than against any other club. However, they've conceded 167 goals to VfB.
No Bundesliga side has won more games (3) or more points (10) from losing positions than both Frankfurt and Stuttgart this season.
Stuttgart have now recorded three league wins on the bounce - their longest run since April/May 2011 (4, under Bruno Labbadia). They have picked up more points in six games under Jürgen Kramny (11) than in the 13 under Alexander Zorniger (10).
Alexander Meier has found the net nine times in seven home appearances this season.
Meier has two hat-tricks this term (vs. KOE and VfL, both at home). The last player to net multiple trebles in a Bundesliga season was Mario Gomez (3, in 2011/12).
VfB keeper Przemyslaw Tyton was sent off in the meeting earlier this season, in what was his third Bundesliga appearance.
Jürgen Kramny has the best points-per-game ratio of any VfB manager in Bundesliga history (1.83, minimum two games).
Armin Veh won the league with VfB in 2007, taking charge for 108 games across two spells in total.
Borussia Dortmund have won exactly half of their 28 Bundesliga meetings with Hertha Berlin since 2000 (14), losing just three of their last 12 encounters against the Old Lady.
The side from the capital have scored just five goals in their last nine home games against BVB, failing to score on six occasions.
Dortmund (44 points, F52, A24) have the best record of any side sitting second in the Bundesliga table after 19 games. In fact, 43 of the last 52 champions have had a worse return after 19 matches than this BVB team.
Borussia are just two points short of equalling their total for the whole of last season (46); Hertha are just one short of the 35 they amassed in 2014/15.
The Berlin side have already matched their tally of home wins from last term (6). They are also just two points shy of matching their home tally from 2014/15 (22).
Thomas Tuchel's side have scored in each of their last 26 Bundesliga games, the longest current such run in the division. Their club record is 31 games, set in 2012/13.
Borussia have dropped just 13 points this term, with 11 of these coming away from home.
Hertha (3rd) and Borussia (2nd) are separated by 10 points - the largest gap between second and third after 19 games in Bundesliga history.
Only BVB (21.2%) have a better chance conversion rate than BSC this term (19.7%).
Pal Dardai and Thomas Tuchel have identical points-per-Bundesliga-game averages (1.50).
FCB have won just one of their last eight games in Leverkusen in all competitions (D4, L3), scoring just three goals in the last five.
Leverkusen have claimed 1,150 points and won 329 Bundesliga games since the start of the 1996/97 season - only Bayern can better both tallies. However, FCB have 12 league titles to Leverkusen's 0 in that time.
Bayern have lost just once when opening the scoring in this fixture (W42 D5), 4-2 in November 1997, having been 2-0 up.
Bayern (17 wins) and Leverkusen (9) are the only two teams to have won every Bundesliga game they've scored first in this season.
Bayer 04 have beaten a side competing in Europe on just one occasion this season (otherwise D2, L3) - a 5-0 win over Mönchengladbach in December.
With 52 points from 19 matches, Bayern have the second-best Bundesliga record in history. They had just one point more in Pep Guardiola's maiden season (2013/14).
Roger Schmidt's men have enjoyed playing at home in the primetime slot of late (W3, D2). They haven't conceded in any of their last four matches of such.
Leverkusen (17) and Bayern (14) have hit the woodwork more than any other side this season. Robert Lewandowski and Hakan Calhanoglu are joined by Lars Stindl at the top of the individual table (4 each).
Robert Lewandowski (19) and Thomas Müller (14) have netted 66% of Bayern's total strikes (33/50). No other strike duo has ever scored as many goals after 19 Bundesliga games.
Stefan Kießling has scored 139 times since making his Bundesliga debut in April 2003 - a league high. He overtook Mario Gomez's tally of 138 last weekend.
Köln have won their last two Bundesliga games against HSV, as well as on their last two away trips to the city. They have also scored in each of their last seven top-flight games in Hamburg.
Hamburger SV have lost four of their last five Bundesliga games (D1), their longest winless streak since Bruno Labbadia returned to the job.
HSV have lost four of their last five home games (W1), including their last three. They've only taken fewer than eight points from their opening nine home games twice before (7, in 2013/14 and 2006/07).
Köln are unbeaten in four on the road (W1, D3) - their longest run of such since 2009/10 (8).
The Cologne side have won just one of their last 15 directly fixtures directly before the Rose Monday celebrations (D5, L9 - spanning multiple divisions). The last time they kicked off carnival season with a win was in 2009 (2-1 vs. Bayern München).
The Billy Goats have netted just two first-half goals in their last 11 Bundesliga games, a league low together with FCI. Hamburg have conceded just twice before the break in that timeframe - only FCB have conceded fewer (1).
Anthony Modeste has had a hand in a league-high 55% of his club's goals (9 goals, 2 assists). Only against VfL (5) has he scored more Bundesliga goals than he has against HSV (4).
Hamburger SV boss Bruno Labbadia used to play for the Billy Goats (41 Bundesliga appearances, 15 goals).
HSV's recent signing Josip Drmic has now been registered to four Bundesliga clubs in just three seasons (previously Nürnberg, Leverkusen and Gladbach). The last player to represent so many clubs in such a short space of time was Srdjan Lakic between 2010 and 2013 (Kaiserslautern, Wolfsburg, Hoffenheim, Frankfurt).
Dennis Diekmeier is on the cusp of his 150th Bundesliga appearance (119 for HSV, 30 for 1. FC Nürnberg).
In all 11 competitive meetings between these sides, both teams have four wins apiece, with three draws.
Hoffenheim have won just one of their last 12 league games (D6, L5), while Darmstadt have won just one of their last four (L3). Both team's victories came against bottom-of-the-table Hannover 96.
Darmstadt have dropped into the bottom five for the first time this campaign (14th place). They're two points clear of the play-off spot and have a seven-point cushion over Hoffenheim, who occupy the first automatic relegation spot.
If Hoffenheim win, they'll close the gap between them and Darmstadt to just four points. If TSG lose though, SVD will extend their lead to 10 points.
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last four home games (W1, D3). Their last defeat was the 1-0 loss to HSV on matchday 10. Huub Stevens replaced Markus Gisdol after that game.
Schuster's side have collected 14 of their 21 points on their travels and have a positive away record (W4, D2, L3). Only Bayern (22) and Dortmund (19) have picked up more points on the road than the Lilies (same as 4 other teams).
Since the beginning of 2015, Hoffenheim have lost all five of their Sunday fixtures. 1899's last victory on a Sunday was 5-0 in Berlin on 21st December 2014 - their biggest ever Bundesliga victory.
TSG‘s top scorer Kevin Volland (5) hasn't scored in 717 Bundesliga minutes. His longest goal drought to date was between November 2012 and January 2013 (813 minutes).
Hoffenheim and Darmstadt have scored 61% and 63% respectively of their goals in the first half, the two highest ratios this season. Both sides have only scored seven times in the second half - a joint league low.
Hoffenheim have dropped 17 points after leading this season (a league high) Only TSG and Wolfsburg (13) have let more slip than Darmstadt this term (12, same as H96).