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Simon Gott 6th Nov 2015 - 13:49

German Bundesliga Opta Facts 06-08 November


Hannover 96 - Hertha Berlin

  • The sides have met 38 times in the Bundesliga to date. Hertha have the upper hand with 15 wins, compared to Hannover's 10 (D13).
  • 96's record in this fixture is improving. They are unbeaten in six against Hertha (W3, D3). They have netted in each of these games, keeping three clean sheets.
  • Hannover's last defeats in this fixture came in 2009/10. They lost 3-0 at home and 1-0 in the capital.
  • Frontzeck's men are without a win in four home Bundesliga matches vs. Hertha (D3, L1). They have won just two of the last 12 clashes on home soil (D5, L5).
  • Three of the last four clashes between Hannover and Hertha BSC have taken place on a Friday evening.
  • Hannover are unbeaten in their last six home games on a Friday evening (W2, D4), whilst Berlin are unbeaten in four under the lights (W1, D3).
  • Both Hannover and Hertha have found the net in each of their last six matches - only Dortmund (18) are on a better scoring run at the moment.
  • Michael Frontzeck's men picked up just one point from their opening six games but have turned things around, taking 10 from their last five matches.
  • Hiroshi Kiyotake has been involved in six goals in his last six Bundesliga appearances. Only Raffael (11), Robert Lewandowski (10) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (9) have had a hand in more that timeframe.
  • Michael Frontzeck has beaten Hertha just once as a head coach (D3, L5). His Gladbach side beat them 2-1 on matchday 2 of the 2009/10 season.
  • Current Hannover sporting director Martin Bader worked for Hertha BSC between 1995 and 2003. He started off as their Head of Marketing before moving up to executive assistant and then Head of Footballing Operations.


FC Bayern München - VfB Stuttgart

  • FC Bayern have come out on top in each of their last 13 competitive meetings with VfB Stuttgart, scoring 2.8 goals per game on average in the process. VfB's last win over FCB came in March 2010 (2-1 in the Bundesliga in Munich).
  • A different manager will be on the bench for VfB for the sixth consecutive encounter with Bayern (Zorniger, Stevens, Veh, Stevens, Schneider, Labbadia).
  • Bayern have won their last 10 Bundesliga clashes against VfB Stuttgart, the best present run of such. The overall record lies at 12 (FCB, vs. Nürnberg and Freiburg).
  • Bayern have 31 points from their opening 11 games - a Bundesliga record. The previous best was 30, which was also set by the record champions (in 2012/13 and 1980/81 - converted to the 3-points-for-a-win-system when necessary).
  • The 2-0 win over Darmstadt saw VfB secure back-to-back wins in all competitions under Zorniger for the first time and also their first two competitive clean sheets on the spin in 2015.
  • This match sees the best attack (Bayern: 33 scored) face off against the worst defence (Stuttgart: 23 conceded, same as Augsburg).
  • Sharp shooters: The two sides with the most shots this term go head-to-head: Bayern have taken 204, VfB's tally stands at 194.
  • Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer played (1990-92) and managed (2004/05) VfB Stuttgart. He bagged 20 goals in 63 Bundesliga appearances for VfB and also won the league with them in 1992.
  • FCB players Lahm (53 BL games: 2003-05), Ulreich (176 BL games; 1998-2015), Badstuber (2000-02) and Kimmich (2007-13) all have history at VfB.
  • Rafinha's next game will be his 100th in the top flight for FCB. He will be the fourth Brazilian to reach that milestone for the club - Ze Roberto, Elber and Lucio have already achieved the feat.
  • Bogey side: VfB sporting director Robin Dutt has lost all six of his matches against Pep Guardiola as a manager and sporting director. Dutt's men have scored four goals and conceded 30 in the process.


Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 1. FC Köln

  • Bayer 04 have lost just two of their last 20 Bundesliga clashes with Köln - both of these defeats came in 2011 (W13, D5).
  • Leverkusen's highest Bundesliga win over the Billy Goats was last season's 5-1 triumph (together with a 4-0 home win in November 1997). The win was the first time the Werkself had scored five goals against Köln in the top flight.
  • Roger Schmidt's men have lost just one of their last 17 competitive matches at home (W13, D5) - a 1-0 loss to Darmstadt on matchday 4 of this season.
  • Köln have gone four games without netting, their longest drought since September 2014. The club record is five matches (February 2002).
  • Bayer 04 have netted 13 times this season - this has only been lower after 11 Bundesliga games once before (6 in 1982/83). They have converted just 17% of their clear-cut chances (4 out of 23) - a league low.
  • Only FCI (7.1%) have a worse chance-conversion rate than the Werkself (9.4%). Bayer 04 have hit the woodwork 10 times this season - a league high.
  • 13 of the 17 league goals Köln have conceded this season (76%) have come on the road. They have conceded an average of 2.6 goals per away game (a league low, together with FCA).
  • Javier Hernandez has scored in each of his last two Bundesliga appearances - he is Bayer 04's top scorer in the league (3). His goal against VfL last weekend saw him end that week with four goals in three competitive games.
  • Anthony Modeste scored nine goals in his first nine competitive matches for Köln and has netted in each of his side's five victories this season. He's gone four without a goal - the Billy Goats are without a win in that timeframe.
  • Stefan Kießling has faced Köln nine times in the Bundesliga, scoring just one goal. made nine BL appearances against Köln, scoring just once. This is his worst return against any side has faced at least twice in the top flight.


Borussia Mönchengladbach - FC Ingolstadt 04

  • Saturday's game is the first competitive meeting between Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Ingolstadt. The encounter is the 880th match-up in Bundesliga history.
  • Gladbach are the team of the moment: Since Andre Schubert took over managerial duties from Lucien Favre, BMG are the only top-flight team to have won all six games and have scored 21 goals in the process - a league high!
  • FCI have collected 11 of their 17 points away from home. Only FC Bayern notched up more points from their first six Bundesliga away games (13 in 1965/66) - Köln (1963/64) and Wattenscheid (1990/91) both also tallied 11 points.
  • FCI have failed to score in five of their 11 games, netting just seven goals in the remaining matches - a league low. Their seven goals have been scored by seven different players. Ingolstadt are the only Bundesliga side where no player has netted more than once.
  • FCI have conceded nine goals in their 11 Bundesliga games this term - only Bayern have conceded fewer (4). Additionally, only FC Bayern have kept more clean sheets (7) than Ingolstadt (5, same as Hamburg).
  • Borussia are unbeaten in nine home matches against newly-promoted opposition and have won their last seven games, scoring 15 goals in the process (average of 2.1 per game). FCK are the last newly-promoted side to come away from Gladbach with all three points, having run out 1-0 winners back in March 2013.
  • Gladbach's next victory will be their 650th in the Bundesliga (currently 649 wins in 1613 games). Borussia would become the sixth club to reach this top-flight milestone.
  • Andre Schubert has won all six Bundesliga games since taking charge of Borussia, equalling Willi Entenmann's record (six wins at the start of his managerial debut) and now has the chance to become the outright record holder.
  • Gladbach's Raffael has been directly involved in 11 of the Foals' 21 league goals under Andre Schubert (five goals + six assists) - more than any other BL player in this timeframe.
  • Ingolstadt's Tobias Levels was under contract at Gladbach between 1999 and 2012. The defender has been directly involved in his side's last three goals (one goal + two assists).


TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Eintracht Frankfurt

  • This weekend will see TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt meet for the 13th time in the Bundesliga. TSG have the upper hand with six wins (D3, L3). They have lost just one of their home games vs. the Eagles (W3, D2).
  • TSG are making their worst start to a Bundesliga season, having picked up just seven points from 11 games. Their previous lowest tally was 12 (2012/13).
  • Huub Stevens' first game as Hoffenheim boss (0-0 vs. Köln) saw them keep their first clean sheet since August (MD3).
  • Eintracht have won just one of their last seven Bundesliga games (D3, L3), but are undefeated in their last two (W1, D1). Last Friday's goalless draw vs. Bayern saw them become the first side to take points off the record champions this term.
  • Hoffenheim are without a win in four Bundesliga games - their last victory, which is also their only one of the season, came on matchday seven (3-1 vs. Augsburg).
  • TSG haven't won at home this season (D2, L3). Their last win on home turf came on the final weekend of last term (2-1 vs. Hertha). The last time they went longer without a home win came in the first half of 2013/14 (6 games).
  • Despite converting just one of their five clear-cut chances in the last seven matches, SGE still have the best chance-conversion rate in the league (71.4%). They have netted five goals from counterattacks this term - a league high together with Hoffenheim.
  • SGE have received at least one yellow card in their last 49 Bundesliga matches (126 in total). Only Stuttgart (33) have received more cautions this season than Eintracht (30).
  • Milestone: The game against Frankfurt will be TSG's 250th in the Bundesliga. However, they are on the cusp of conceding their 400th top-flight goal (currently 399).
  • Hoffenheim's captain Pirmin Schwegler made a total of 101 top-flight appearances for Eintracht between 2009 and 2014 (6 goals). SGE summer signing David Abraham played 46 times in the Bundesliga for TSG between 2013 and 2015 (2 goals).


1. FSV Mainz 05- VfL Wolfsburg

  • VfL Wolfsburg have enjoyed 12 victories over 1. FSV Mainz 05 in their 28 competitive meetings (D9, L7). They have won eight of their Bundesliga clashes (D5, L5).
  • The side from Lower Saxony have won four of their nine Bundesliga visits to Mainz (D3, L2), but haven't won any of their last four trips to the city (D3, L1).
  • FSV have scored more Bundesliga goals against Wolfsburg than any other team. They have netted 29 times in the 18 meetings to date - despite being shut out on six occasions.
  • The 2-1 win over Leverkusen saw VfL climb into third - their highest position of 2015/16.
  • Mainz have lost their last three home games, which is their worst run of results on their own turf since they lost five in a row between August and October 2011.
  • FSV have won just one of their last seven games (D1, L5) - a 3-2 win in Darmstadt on matchday eight. They are without a win in four (D1, L3).
  • Mainz 05 have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight Bundesliga matches - only Bremen have been waiting longer for one (14). Across the last eight matchdays, only Augsburg (20) have conceded more goals than FSV (17).
  • Mainz have let in a minimum of two goals in each of their last five Bundesliga matches. They have only once gone on a longer streak of such - they conceded at least twice in seven consecutive games between March and May 2007.
  • Thanks to his treble against Augsburg, Yoshinori Muto became only the second Japanese player to score a Bundesliga hat trick. Naohiro Takahara was the first when he scored all three in Frankfurt's 3-2 win at Aachen in December 2006.
  • Wolfsburg's Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner scored his first ever goal for the club as a starter last time out. His previous eight competitive goals for VfL came from the bench.


SV Darmstadt 98 - Hamburger SV

  • Darmstadt 98 and HSV meet competitively for the seventh time this weekend (4 in the Bundesliga, 2 DFB Cup ties). The Lilies have never beaten Hamburg (D1, L5).
  • Darmstadt have won just one of their six home games so far in 2015/16 (2-1 vs. SVW on 22nd September), recently suffering back-to-back defeats. The Lilies have only lost three Bundesliga home games on the bounce once before, back in March/April 1982.
  • HSV have won three of their last four away games, their only defeat in that timeframe came in Berlin on matchday 8 (3-0 away defeat). They have the sixth-best away record this term.
  • This weekend's fixture is SVD's first BL Saturday teatime match. HSV have recorded just two victories in their last 20 Saturday evening top-flight games (D6, L12). However, both of these victories came in 2015.
  • Darmstadt have failed to score in back-to-back games for the first time this season and have gone 241 minutes without netting. They have had just 100shots, 36 of which have been on target. Both of these are league lows.
  • HSV have kept five clean sheets already this season (like Ingolstadt) - only Bayern have recorded more (7). All of these have come in their last eight Bundesliga matches - a tally which can only be matched by the records champions.
  • Half of Darmstadt's goals (six) have come from dead balls - proportionally speaking, a league high. Only Bayern, Gladbach and Stuttgart have netted more in that manner (7 each).
  • HSV have scored just three goals in their last seven league games - a league low. Only FCI (seven) have scored fewer goals this season than Labbadia's men (10). However, Hamburg have allowed their opponents 37 shots in their last two games - more than any other Bundesliga side in that timeframe.
  • The Lilies have completed just 53% of their passes this term - the lowest tally at this stage of a Bundesliga season since Opta started collecting detailed stats. They average just 35.2% possession per game - a league low.
  • Returnees: Bruno Labbadia featured in 105 second-division games for the Lilies between 1983 and 1987 (44 goals) and guided the club from the Hessenliga back to the Regionalliga as manager (from 2003 until 2006). His assistant, Bernhard Trares, also previously played for SVD.


Borussia Dortmund - FC Schalke 04

  • Schalke have their noses in front with 58 wins to BVB's 50 victories after 146 clashes (only competitive meetings - also 38 draws). Dortmund came out on top 3-0 in the last derby in a very one-sided affair, having 31 shots in the process compared to S04's three.
  • Dortmund have won their last three league games (same as Gladbach and Wolfsburg), are six points clear of fourth place (Schalke) and are five behind table toppers Bayern.
  • Schalke have accumulated just four points from their last four league fixtures (W1, D2, L1) and now have three tough opponents ahead of them in the form of Dortmund, Bayern and Leverkusen.
  • BVB have 26 points on the board after 11 matches (same as in 1994/95 and 1965/66). This tally has been bettered on just two occasions (28 in 2010/11 and 2013/14). Dortmund ended each of those seasons in either first or second spot.
  • Since losing 1-0 to Bayern on 4th April, BVB have won eight out of their nine home games (D1 - 2-2 vs. Darmstadt). Schalke have lost five of their last eight Bundesliga away games (W3 - each without conceding).
  • Dortmund have found the back of the net in each of their last 18 league fixtures (since a 1-0 defeat to Bayern on 4th April 2015), the best sequence currently in the top flight. BVB have 32 goals after 11 games - a tally which can only be bettered on one occasion (36 in 1963/63).
  • BVB top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored almost as many league goals (13) as the whole of the Schalke team combined (14) this season. He has netted in each of their five home games (8 goals in total).
  • Marco Reus has bagged 5 goals in his last 3 BL outings and has netted back-to-back braces for the first time in Dortmund colours.
  • Schalke must continue to make do without the suspended Johannes Geis, while captain Benedikt Höwedes is out with a metacarpus fracture.
  • Thomas Tuchel has won just one of his 10 encounters against S04 as a top-flight manager (D4, L5) - a 3-1 away win in May 2011. He is without a win in six Bundesliga games against them. His home record against Schalke doesn't make for particularly good reading (W0, D2, L3).


FC Augsburg - SV Werder Bremen

  • FC Augsburg have lost just two of their eight Bundesliga meetings with Werder. They have only beaten HSV and Stuttgart more frequently (5 times each) than Bremen in the top-flight (4, same as Gladbach).
  • Augsburg are unbeaten at home against Bremen in the Bundesliga (W3, D1). They have won the last three meetings at the WWK Arena by a two-goal margin.
  • Both sides have won just one of their last seven league games and are in the relegation dogfight. They have the lowest two point's tallies in that timeframe (FCA 5, SVW 3).
  • FC Augsburg have gone six games without a win and have picked up just two points in that timeframe. The Swabians have conceded an average of three goals per game during their current poor run of form (18 in total).
  • Bremen have conceded half as many goals on the road (6) as they have at home (12). Eight of the 11 goals they have netted this term have come on their travels.
  • Augsburg have conceded 23 times in the league this term - more than they have ever conceded at this stage of a Bundesliga season. They have the worst defence in the division (together with VfB Stuttgart).
  • Bremen have 11 points so far and have only had fewer at this stage of a campaign on three occasions. The last time this happened was 41 years ago (8 points from 11 games in 1974/75).
  • Werder have failed to win an away game against a bottom of the table side for almost eight years (2-0 in Cottbus on 24th November 2007). They have claimed just one point from the last six fixtures of this nature (2-2 draw in. Freiburg, 2012).
  • Anthony Ujah has scored four of Bremen's last five competitive goals. He has netted exactly half of their total tally in all competitions this season (7 out of 14).
  • Stefan Reuter, FCA's sporting director, faced off against Viktor Skripnik three times during their respective playing careers. Reuter was unbeaten in their six meetings (W3, D3).



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