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Callum Jones 9th Mar 2016 - 12:52

German Bundesliga Opta Facts 11 - 13 Mar

Hertha BSC - FC Schalke 04

o Hertha haven't won any of their last 14 Bundesliga games against Schalke, taking just two out of a possible 42 points in that timeframe. FC Bayern were the last side to maintain such a long unbeaten run against the Berlin side (14 games, 2002- 2008).
o BSC's last win over S04 came in September 2006 (2-0) - Pal Dardai played in that game.
o Hertha's tally of 42 points is the lowest by a side sitting in third at this point of a campaign since the three-points-per-win system was introduced. A win for Schalke would see them take this accolade (44, same as Gladbach in 1995/96).
o Dardai's men are unbeaten in their last seven home games (W4, D3) - their longest unbeaten run at home since the 2008/09 season (10 matches).
o The Berlin side are also unbeaten in six Friday Bundesliga games. They've taken seven points from their three Friday matches this term. Schalke have lost each of their last three away fixtures played at this time.
o Schalke have won their last two games, scoring three goals on both occasions. The Royal Blues covered a season-high 120km against HSV, only to break their benchmark for the season when they faced Köln a couple of days later (123km).
o Hertha have allowed just 232 shots this season - a league low. Schalke have allowed 378, the fourth-highest figure in the division in 2015/16.
o Max Meyer has been directly involved in six goals in seven games since the winter break (3 goals + 3 assists) - more than any other S04 player in 2016. His total of five goals and four assists this season has already broken his personal record (6 goals + 3 assists in 2013/14).
o Vedad Ibisevic has scored seven goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances against Schalke - they are his joint-favourite opponent (also 12 vs. HSV). However, the Bosnia international was sent off in the reverse fixture for a tackle on Max Mayer, picking up a four-game ban.
o Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored in back-to-back league games for the first time since October 2014. He hasn't scored in three games on the spin since March 2014.

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Eintracht Frankfurt

o Gladbach have won six of their last nine competitive games against Frankfurt (D1, L2). Borussia's largest win under Schubert to date came in the reverse fixture (5-1).
o Frankfurt are without a win in seven - the longest ongoing run without a win in the division. SGE claimed just four points in that timeframe - only rock bottom H96 took fewer (3).
o The Foals have lost four league games in 2016. The last time they were defeated in more of their opening eight games of a calendar year was in 2003 (5).
o The Fohlenelf have won nine of their last 11 Bundesliga games at Borussia Park (also: a 3-1 defeat to BVB, 0-0 vs. FCI). This is key as they are without a win in six on the road.
o Eintracht have failed to win any of their last seven competitive away games (D2, L4 in the Bundesliga and 1-0 defeat to Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Cup second-round tie).
o With 28 points, Gladbach are the third-best team at home in 2015/16. Conversely, Frankfurt, who have collected just nine points, are the second-worst team in the league away from home.
o SGE have netted a league-low one goal over the past four matchdays. Only Hertha (2) carved out fewer clear-cut chances than Eintracht (4, the same as H96 and SVD) in that timeframe.
o Frankfurt have had fewer points on the board after 25 Bundesliga matchdays than they currently do (24) on three occasions - most recently in 1998/99 (23). Worryingly, they had more points to their name in each of their four relegation seasons.
o Following the 1-1 draw with Ingolstadt, Armin Veh was relieved of his duties as Frankfurt head coach after just 249 days in the job. His successor is Niko Kovac, who scored 31 goals in 241 Bundesliga appearances during his playing days.
o Raffael has been directly involved in eight goals in 2016 (6 goals + 2 assists) - only Claudio Pizarro has been involved in more goals (10).

Hannover 96 - 1. FC Köln

o H96 lead this fixture's head-to-head record in the Bundesliga (W19 D7 L17), meaning they've beaten Köln more often than any other side in the top flight!
o The Reds are unbeaten in four against Köln (W3, D1). The Billy Goats' last win in this fixture came in October 2011, thanks to a Lukas Podolski brace.
o Hannover have won six of their last seven Bundesliga home matches against Peter Stöger's side (L1 - 4-1 in March 2010).
o Schaaf's men have lost 10 of their last 11 league fixtures (W1 - 2-1 vs. VfB on MD23). They've lost their last five at home - equalling a negative club record.
o Both sides have struggled in 2016 - Köln have claimed six points to date this year, twice as many as Hannover (3).
o Köln are without a win in six on the road - their last away victory came in Leverkusen in November (2-1). They have lost just one of these matches though (1-0 to Gladbach, otherwise D5).
o Hannover have 17 points to their name this term - they've only had a lower tally after 25 games on one occasion (16, 1988/9 - converted to three-points-per-win system). All 22 of the sides who have had 17 points or fewer at this stage of a Bundesliga campaign have been relegated.
o H96's last goalless draw came in August 2014 (vs. Mainz). They have played 57 matches since then. This is the division's longest wait for a 0-0 scoreline.
o Thomas Schaaf will oversee his 522nd Bundesliga game this weekend (same as Udo Lattek). Only Rehhagel, Heynckes and Ribbeck have managed more games in the top flight.
o Leonardo Bittencourt used to play for the Reds (57 Bundesliga appearances, 5 goals - between 2013 and 2015).

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - VfL Wolfsburg

o Wolfsburg are unbeaten in three against TSG, including victories in the two most recent clashes. Hoffenheim's last victory in this fixture came in March 2014 (6-2).
o VfL lead the head-to-head record, winning nine and drawing three (L4), across 15 Bundesliga fixtures and one DFB Cup tie.
o 61 goals have been scored in the 15 top-flight meetings to date, which works out at 4.07 per game. This is the highest average among Bundesliga fixtures that have taken place on at least 15 occasions.
o Hoffenheim have won both of their home games under Julian Nagelsmann, more than they managed in the previous 10 combined (W1 D5 L4).
o Wolfsburg have won their last two Bundesliga matches - they have only managed three consecutive wins once this campaign, back in October 2015.
o TSG have conceded 12 goals in five games under Julian Nagelsmann - a league high in this timeframe (the same as B04). They conceded just 11 in 10 games under predecessor Huub Stevens.
o The Wolves could claim their 250th Bundesliga victory this weekend, while a Hoffenheim win would be their 50th at home in the top flight. VfL are also on the cusp of netting their 400th away goal in the first division.
o TSG have scored a league-low four times from set pieces this term (Wolfsburg, 10). VfL have conceded just once from a dead ball in 2015/16 - the best in the league (Hoffenheim, 11).
o This match sees the two sides with the most dangerous attacks in the opening 15 minutes face each other - TSG have scored seven and VfL six in this period of matches. But Hoffenheim have also conceded six in the opening quarter of an hour, whilst the Wolves are yet to concede (the same as Hertha).
o TSG's Eugen Polanski (5 yellows) and Sebastian Rudy (still suspended following red card) will miss the game.
o Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo (2007 - January 2011) and Koen Casteels (2011 - January 2015) may face their former employers this weekend.

FC Ingolstadt - VfB Stuttgart

o VfB won the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to Daniel Didavi's strike (59'). Stuttgart's Przemyslaw Tyton saved a penalty from FCI's Mathew Leckie after just four minutes.
o The division's weakest attack (FCI have scored just 19 goals) face the worst defence (VfB have conceded 49 times) this weekend.
o Ingolstadt have conceded just 26 goals after 25 games - fewer than any other newly promoted side in the history of the Bundesliga at this point of a campaign.
o Jürgen Kramny's men are third in a table representing 2016. They have claimed more points from eight games in 2016 (16) than they managed in their first 17 of the season (15).
o Die Schanzer haven't lost any of their four home games in 2016 (a club record for them in the top flight), taking 10 out of a possible 12 points. They have won more matches in front of their own fans this year (3) than they did before Christmas (2).
o Eight of Ingolstadt's last nine goals in the top tier have come from dead balls (including four penalties), however, VfB have scored a league-high 15 in that manner (same as SVD).
o Victory for Stuttgart - coupled with a bit of help elsewhere - would see them climb into ninth spot, their highest ranking since matchday 13 of 2013/14.
o VfB are unbeaten in five Bundesliga clashes against promoted sides, including wins in each of the last three. Their last defeat against a newcomer was in August 2014 (2-0 vs. Köln).
o Only Gladbach (25) have scored more goals than Stuttgart (23, same as BVB) since Kramny got the job at the end of November. They have netted a league-high 18 times since the turn of the year, a league high together with Bremen.
o Timo Werner turned 20 on 6th March. He has 86 Bundesliga appearances to his name - more than any other player has had at this age.
o Stuttgart's reserves, then coached by Jürgen Kramny, faced Ralph Hasenhüttl's VfR Aalen in 2011/12. Both clashes, which took place in the third division, ended 2-2.

SV Darmstadt 98 - FC Augsburg

o FCA have been victorious in each of their last seven competitive trips to Darmstadt. SVD's last home win in this fixture dates back to September 1994 (1-0 in the Regionalliga Süd).
o The Swabians have collected more points on the road (15) than at home (11) this season. Moreover, four of their six victories have come on their travels.
o The Lilies' are without a home win in almost six months. Their only victory at the Böllenfalltor this season came in September (2-1 win vs. Werder Bremen).
o Markus Weinzierl's men have taken just one point from their last five games against promoted sides, including defeats in their last three.
o Darmstadt are without a win in five, taking a league-low two points in that timeframe.
o Augsburg have dropped 16 points from leading positions this season - only SVD (20) and TSG (22) have let more slip. That tally was just two in 2014/15, which was a league low.
o Peter Niemeyer is the first player in the history of the Bundesliga to have 12 yellow cards to his name after 25 matchdays.
o Ja-Cheol Koo became the first Augsburg player to hit a Bundesliga hat-trick last weekend.
o Sandro Wagner leads the league in terms of headed goals (five, the same as teammate Aytac Sulu). His header opened the scoring in the reverse fixture.
o Alfred Finnbogason has started the last three league games, notching up one goal and one assist in the process.

FC Bayern München - SV Werder Bremen

o This will be the 100th Bundesliga meeting of the sides - Bayern lead the head-to-head record (W48 D25 L26).
o FCB won their last 10 league games vs. SVW (F40 A6) which is Bremen's longest losing sequence against a particular top-flight opponent.
o Werder's last competitive victory over the Bavarians was in September 2008 (5-2 in Munich, leading 5-0 at one point in the match).
o Bayern haven't won either of their last two league games (2-1 defeat to M05, 0-0 vs. BVB) - their worst run of form this term.
o Werder have taken seven points from the last nine available (after a four-game winless run). They are now 13th - their best ranking since matchday seven.
o Guardiola's men haven't scored a first-half goal in any of their last four Bundesliga matches, something which last happened to Bayern Munich in 2011/12.
o Bremen haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 28 league games - the longest ongoing wait for a shut-out in the Bundesliga.
o Claudio Pizarro (9) and Robert Lewandowski (8) are the league's top scorers in 2016 - no other player has more than six goals to their name.
o Pizarro has scored 10 goals in his last nine Bundesliga outings. He's been in stunning form of late, racking up 12 goals and two assists in his last 11 appearances in all competitions.
o Pep Guardiola has a 100% record against Bremen (five wins from five - F23, A2)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Hamburger SV

o Leverkusen haven't lost any of their last six Bundesliga home matches against HSV (W4, D2). Their last "home defeat" came in February 2009 (2-1) - the game was played in Düsseldorf whilst the BayArena was being renovated. Bruno Labbadia was Bayer 04 boss on that occasion.
o Only Bayern (43) have beaten the Werkself more often in the Bundesliga than HSV (27, same as BVB).
o Leverkusen have taken a league-low one point from their last four games, shipping 11 goals in the process - more than in their previous 11 matches combined (10).
o HSV have won just two of their last 11 league matches (D4, L5), both of which came on a Sunday. B04 are without a win in five on the final day of the weekend (D2, L3).
o Roger Schmidt's team overturned a three-goal deficit for the first time in the Bundesliga last weekend (3-3 in Augsburg).
o HSV have already scored five more goals than they managed in the whole of 2014/15 (30). Meanwhile, B04 have let in three goals or more in three successive top-flight games for the first time since February/March 2004.
o Leverkusen haven't netted before the break in their last six league outings, their longest run like this since 2004 (seven consecutive games back then).
o Javier Hernandez is available for selection again. He missed last weekend's game after accumulating five bookings. The Mexico star has scored eight goals in his last nine Bundesliga appearances.
o Stefan Kießling has scored more Sunday goals (31) than any other player in the history of the Bundesliga.
o Bruno Labbadia, who was in charge of Bayer 04 in 2008/09, has never come out on top against his former employers (D4, L5).
o Roger Schmidt, who turns 49 on the day of the game, will be back on the bench for Leverkusen against HSV having served his three-game suspension.

Borussia Dortmund - 1. FSV Mainz 05

o BVB have lost just one of their last 11 games against Mainz (2-0 in September 2014, otherwise W9, D1). The 05ers are yet to win a league game in Dortmund (D4, L5).
o Dortmund are the only unbeaten side this year and have a league-high 20 points to their name after eight games in 2016 - a tally which has only been higher at this point of a year on one occasion (22, 2012). Mainz have the fourth-best record since the winter break (16 points).
o Borussia are unbeaten in 16 home Bundesliga games (W14) - their last defeat at Signal Iduna Park came against Bayern in early April 2015 (1-0). This is their longest run without losing on their own turf for four years (17, October 2011-September 2012).
o The 05ers Mainz have picked up an impressive 16 points from a possible 21 in their last seven games, losing just once (3-2 vs. TSG on MD22). FSV have already won one more point on their travels this season (17) than in the whole of 2014/15 (16).
o Dortmund have conceded just two goals in their eight Bundesliga matches since the winter break - all other sides have shipped at least five. Should BVB manage another clean sheet against Mainz, it would equal a Bundesliga record, first set by Bayern in 2002/03.
o Martin Schmidt's side are unbeaten in six against Bundesliga sides competing in Europe, including wins in their last five (F10, A3). Their last defeat against such an opponent came in October 2015 (2-0 in the reverse fixture against Dortmund).
o Tuchel's men have won nine of their 10 BL games immediately following a
EL fixture this term (L1 - 5-1 vs. Bayern just days after drawing 1-1 with PAOK).
o Roman Bürki has kept five clean sheets in his last six Bundesliga outings, one more than in the previous 18 (4). The Swiss goalkeeper saved 17 out of 18 shots at his goal in that time - only Hoffenheim's Sebastian Rudy has saved more often.
o Thomas Tuchel was Mainz boss for a record 170 Bundesliga games (2009-2014). The current FSV head coach, Martin Schmidt, has a marginally better points-per-game average (1.53) than his predecessor (1.41).
o Neven Subotic (2006-08), Erik Durm (2010-12) and Joo-Ho Park (2013-15) have previously been contracted to Mainz.



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