German Bundesliga Opta Facts 18-20 Mar
o Borussia have won five of the last six meetings between the two sides in all competitions. They have beaten Schalke twice already this term (3-1 in the league, 2-0 in the DFB Cup).
o Gladbach have won on two of their last three competitive visits to Gelsenkirchen, ending a run of 22 barren years (D6, L12 - 1992-2014).
o Schalke missed the chance to leap into third spot after going down 2-0 in Berlin. They are currently fifth - one place behind Borussia. Should S04 win this weekend they will overtake their rivals and climb back into the Champions League qualification places.
o Andre Breitenreiter's boys have won four of their last six at home (D1, L1). They have scored in each of their last nine in front of their own fans - their longest run for over three years (17, September 2012-August 2013).
o Five of Gladbach's last eight games have been on the road, where they are winless since the end of October (4-1 in Berlin, D2, L4 since then) - this is their longest wait for an away win in over three years (6, Nov 2012 - Feb 2013).
o S04 are unbeaten in 13 Bundesliga home matches to take place on a Friday (W12, D1). Their last defeat in this slot dates back to September 2009 (2-1 vs. Wolfsburg).
o Raffael has scored seven goals since the turn of the year - only Robert Lewandowski and Claudio Pizarro have bagged more than him in 2016 (nine each).
o Andre Schubert has beaten a S04 team on three occasions this term (twice with the first team and a 5-2 triumph when the clubs' reserves faced off in August).
o Andre Breitenreiter has never beaten Gladbach as a manager (L4 - two with SCP, two with S04).
o Roman Neustädter (2009-2012 - 59 Bundesliga appearances, one goal) and Raffael (2012/13 - 16 Bundesliga appearances, two goals) used to play for Schalke.
o S04 will be without Junior Caicara this weekend (after five yellow cards). Thorgan Hazard could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance in the game (all for Borussia).
o Bayern have won their last five league games against Köln - their longest victorious sequence in the history of this fixture. Their 4-0 triumph in the reverse fixture was their 100th win in the Bundesliga.
o The Bavarians have won all seven of their league games immediately following a Champions League fixture this term, scoring 22 goals and conceding just one in the process.
o Köln claimed their second win of 2016 last time out (2-0 vs. H96), having taken one point from the previous four. It was their first clean sheet since November 2015 (0-0 vs. SVD).
o FCB have kept 16 clean sheets in their 26 league game this season - a tally which has only been bettered on three occasions in the history of the Bundesliga (17 - Schalke in 1971/72, Bayern themselves in 2012/13 and 2014/15).
o The Billy Goats have won two of their last 10 home games, losing four of the last six on their own patch (W2). They have claimed more away points (17) than home ones this term (16).
o Köln have won one of their last 27 Bundesliga games against the side topping the pile (1-0 vs. Schalke in September 2008, otherwise D7, L19), including defeats in each of the last seven.
o Bayern are unbeaten in nine competitive away games (W6, D3). They kept six clean sheets in that timeframe and haven't conceded a goal on the road for 194 minutes.
o Franck Ribery is on the cusp of his 200th Bundesliga appearance. He has had a hand in 145 goals (69 goals, 76 assists) in his 199 to date (a record for a Frenchman).
o Leonardo Bittencourt has scored the Billy Goats' last three league goals and has been directly involved in more than any other Köln player in 2016 (4 - 3 goals, 1 assist). He had a hand in just two before Christmas.
o Robert Lewandowski has won on all seven of his Bundesliga appearances against the Billy Goats - only Nelson Valdez can top that tally (8/8). He has 24 goals to his name this term (equalling his personal best) - more than any other top-flight player.
o Lewandowski and Müller have scored 43 goals between them this term - the most potent duo after 26 games in the history of the Bundesliga. 14 sides competing in the division this season have scored fewer goals than the Bayern duo.
o HSV have lost just one of their seven top-flight home games against TSG (W4, D2) but are without a win in two (D1, L1). Hoffenheim's only league win there came in August 2013 (5-1).
o Julian Nagelsmann's side have scored 26 Bundesliga goals against Hamburger SV (same as Wolfsburg) - they've only netted more against Hannover (32).
o Hoffenheim have only been ahead of Hamburger SV in the table once this season (after MD1). They have, however, performed better than the northern side so far in 2016.
o Only Dortmund (16) and Bayern (13) have claimed more points than TSG since Julian Nagelsmann took the job (10). He has claimed an average of 1.67 points-per-game - the highest tally among managers who have taken charge of Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
o Bruno Labbadia's men are unbeaten in four at home, taking eight points in the process - as many as they accumulated from their first nine of the campaign on their own patch combined. However, they are yet to win consecutive home matches this term.
o Hoffenheim are without a win in nine on their road (D3, L6). This is their longest run without an away victory in their Bundesliga history.
o Hamburger SV haven't won any of their last five home games against sides below them in the table (D1, L4), including defeats in each of the most recent three.
o Nicolai Müller, who has been directly involved in HSV's last four Bundesliga goals, will miss the game through suspension. The Hamburg side have lost all three of the competitive games that he has sat out in 2015/16.
o Andrej Kramaric has netted TSG's last two Bundesliga goals. He has had a hand in four strikes in 2016 - more than any other Hoffenheim player (3 goals, 1 assist).
o Aaron Hunt could make his 250th Bundesliga appearance this weekend. His 249 appearances to date have come for a combination of Bremen, Wolfsburg and HSV (48 goals, 34 assists). He has an excellent record against Hoffenheim (W6, D4, L1).
o HSV have scored just two goals in their last four league matches against TSG combined, both of which were netted by Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The striker is on a 567-minute drought though - his last goal came in November 2015's 3-1 win over Dortmund.
o BSC won the reverse fixture (1-0) and are unbeaten in five against FCI (W2, D3).
o Hertha have 45 points to their name - their best tally at this point of a season 2008/09 (49, same as 1969/70 -this is their club record for the 26-game mark).
o The Berlin side have finished in the top four on each occasion they've had at least 45 points to their name after 26 matches (5 previous occasions).
o Ingolstadt are on a club-record five match unbeaten run on the Bundesliga. They now have 33 points to their name and are nine clear of the play-off spot.
o Hertha are unbeaten in eight home league matches (W5, D3) - their longest such run since 2008/09 (10).
o Only Bayern (13) and Dortmund (25) have conceded fewer league goals than Hertha this season (26). Only FCB (16) have kept more clean sheets than Dardai's side (12).
o Since Pal Dardai took over in February 2015, BSC have kept 19 clean sheets in 41 Bundesliga matches - only FCB can top this figure (25).
o FCI haven't won on the road since matchday five (1-0 in Bremen). They have taken just five away points from the last 30 available, scoring four goals in the process.
o Matthew Leckie registered the highest speed of the season last weekend vs. VfB (35.18 km/h), taking the accolade from FCB's Kingsley Coman (35.06 km/h).
o Ten of Ingolstadt's last 12 Bundesliga goals have come from set pieces. They netted two goals from free kicks against Stuttgart last time out.
o FCI's Pascal Groß has completed his suspension so could return this weekend but colleague Benjamin Hübner will miss the match after picking up his fifth yellow of the season last time out.
SV Werder Bremen - 1. FSV Mainz 05
o This will be the 20th Bundesliga meeting between SVW and M05. Werder have the upper hand to date (W10, D4, L5) and are unbeaten in three against Mainz (W2, D1).
o However, Mainz have won three of the last five competitive meetings at the Weserstadion (D1, L1), scoring nine (1.8 per game) and conceding just four (0.8 per game) in the process.
o Mainz's heaviest Bundesliga defeat to date was administered by Werder (6-1, October 2006). Jürgen Klopp was in charge then. Current Bremen skipper Clemens Fritz featured.
o After picking up seven points from their previous three matches, Bremen's 5-0 loss to Bayern means they are now just three points clear of the relegation play-off spot.
o Despite losing to BVB last weekend (2-0), Mainz remain sixth, two points off the top four. Their tally of 40 points from 26 matches has only been higher on one occasion (43, 2010/11).
o Werder are unbeaten in five at home (W1, D4) - but have taken just 10 out of a possible 36 points on their own patch this term, their lowest ever return at this stage of a season!
o Mainz have picked up more points from their 13 away matches this season (17) than they did in the whole of the 2014/15 campaign (16), despite losing four of the last six (W2).
o SVW are on a run of 29 Bundesliga games without a clean sheet - the longest sequence in the league and a negative club record. They have conceded more goals than any other side this season (53).
o Clemens Fritz and Zlatko Junuzovic are once again available for selection after serving their bans. They were both fined by the DFB but their suspensions were not extended.
o Giulio Donati will miss the game in Bremen. He is still suspended having seen red against SVD on matchday 25.
o Saturday's game will be the fifth competitive meeting between VfL and SVD. The Wolves edge the head-to-head record with two victories (including a 1-0 win in Darmstadt in the reverse fixture) as well as triumphing on penalties in the 2014/15 DFB Cup first round (L1).
o Wolfsburg have won three of their last four games at the Volkswagen Arena (L1) and have taken 27 of their 37 points at home this season (73%). Proportionally speaking, only Mönchengladbach have taken more (74%).
o Only two newly-promoted sides have taken more points from the first 13 away fixtures than Darmstadt (19): Bayern in 1965/66 and Kaiserslautern in 1997/98 (both 23). The Lilies have collected 70% of their points on the road this season - proportionally speaking, a league high.
o VfL are unbeaten in their last nine Bundesliga games against newly-promoted sides (W5, D4) and haven't conceded a single goal in their three such games to date this term.
o Darmstadt are without a win in six and have picked up the fewest points in this time frame (3, the same as Frankfurt und Hannover). Only Frankfurt (8 games) are currently waiting longer for a victory. It is the Lilies' longest winless streak of the season.
o The Hesse-based club have dropped 22 points from leading positions this season - a league high (same as TSG). However, the Lilies have also already taken the lead on 11 occasions away from home this campaign - a feat no other team can match.
o The Wolves could claim their 250th Bundesliga victory this weekend; Darmstadt are on the verge of their 50th top-flight defeat.
o Only Stuttgart (17) have scored more goals from set pieces than the Lilies this season (16). However, Wolfsburg have conceded just once from a dead ball in 2015/16 - a league best.
o The Wolves have played almost twice as many successful passes (11,954) as Darmstadt (6,510) this season. The Lilies (56%) have the worst pass rate in the league, while Wolfsburg (84%) boast the second-best after Bayern (89%).
o Sandro Wagner leads the league in terms of headed goals (6), while the entire Wolfsburg squad have managed just four headed goals. The attacker has scored five times in his last six away appearances.
Eintracht Frankfurt - Hannover 96
o Frankfurt lie in 16th, Hannover 18th - the table also looked like this when they met on the final weekend of the 1988/89 season. The sides drew 1-1, meaning H96 were relegated - SGE finished 16th and stayed up thanks to relegation play-off success.
o 96 have beaten Eintracht on a club-record 19 occasions in the Bundesliga (also 19 vs. KOE and VfB). They have score more away goals against Frankfurt (33) than any other top-flight side.
o The Lower Saxony club have lost 11 of their last 12 league fixtures (W1).
o Eintracht Frankfurt are without a win in eight (D4, L4) - the longest ongoing run without a win in the division. SGE's last victory was a 3-2 triumph over Wolfsburg on matchday 18.
o Frankfurt (7 points) and Hannover (3) prop up the 2016 form table. Last week Schaaf's side lost 2-0 to Köln, who at the time were the second-weakest team since the winter break.
o Hannover have 17 points to their name after 26 games. All 26 of the sides who have had 19 points or fewer at this stage of a Bundesliga campaign have been relegated!
o With just 24 points after 26 games, this is SGE's third-worst Bundesliga season in the club's history. Back in 1998/99 and 1983/84 they had just 23 to their name - however, they avoided relegation on both occasions, coming through the playoffs in 1984.
o H96 are seven points adrift of the relegation play-off spot - no team has recovered from being so far behind at this late stage of a campaign since the introduction of the three-points-per-win rule in 1995/96. SGE, however, overcame a six-point gap after matchday 30 in 1998/99.
o Niko Kovac is the first SGE boss since Felix Magath in 1999/2000 (beaten 1-0 in Unterhaching) to lose his first competitive game in charge.
o Thomas Schaaf takes charge of his 523rd Bundesliga game this weekend at former club Frankfurt and overtakes Udo Lattek's tally. Only Otto Rehhagel (836), Jupp Heynckes (642) and Erich Ribbeck (568) have been in the dugout for more matches. Niko Kovac made his top-flight managerial debut last weekend.
VfB Stuttgart - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
o B04 are unbeaten in 11 games against Stuttgart (W8, D3). Stuttgart's last win in the fixture dates back to April 2010 (2-1).
o Kramny's side led 2-0 and 3-1 in Leverkusen but still lost the reverse fixture 4-3 (MD10) - Admir Mehmedi grabbed the winner but hasn't scored a league goal since.
o VfB have won four of their last five home matches (L1 - 2-1 vs. H96 on MD23), meaning they've equalled their tally of home points from the whole of last term (19).
o Bayer 04 beat HSV 1-0 last weekend to end a run of four Bundesliga games without a win. They are now just three points behind the Champions League spots.
o Roger Schmidt's side have lost just one of their last five away league matches (3-1 in Mainz). They overturned a three-goal deficit for the first time in the Bundesliga in their last away game (3-3 in Augsburg).
o Only BVB and FCB have claimed more points than VfB in 2016. They have taken more from their nine games since Christmas (17) than they did in their 17 before the winter break (15), scoring a league-high 21 goals in the process.
o Bayer 04 have benefited from five own goals this campaign - a record - including three in their last three (via HSV's Ekdal, SVW's Djilobodji and FCA's Verhaegh).
o Filip Kostic has had a hand in nine goals since Jürgen Kramny took over (5 goals, 4 assists) - a personal best. He wasn't involved in any under Alexander Zorniger.
o Stefan Kießling has scored more goals against Stuttgart than any other Bundesliga side (14 in 20 appearances).
o VfB sporting director Robin Dutt took charge of Bayer Leverkusen for 37 competitive fixtures (W14, D8, L15) between July 2011 and April 2012.
o Borussia Dortmund‘s competitive record against Augsburg is impressive (W7, D2, L1). That defeat came in 2015/15 when FCA won 1-0 in Dortmund.
o Three of Augsburg's four heaviest Bundesliga defeats have come at the hands of BVB (the other vs. Bayern). The 5-1 loss at Dortmund in the reverse fixture saw them concede five in the top flight for the first time.
o BVB have 61 points from 26 games - a joint club record (also 61 in 2010/11).
o FCA have taken eight points in 2016 - their lowest ever tally at this point of a calendar year (previously min. 11). Only SGE (7) and H96 (3) have fewer this year.
o Borussia have kept clean sheets in seven of their last eight league games and already have one more (11) than the whole of last season. They've conceded just two goals in 2016 - equaling Bayern's Bundesliga record from 2002/03.
o Markus Weinzierl's side have won just one of their last ten home Bundesliga games (2-1 vs. S04 on M16, otherwise D5, L4).
o Tuchel's men have won 10 of their 11 Bundesliga games immediately following a Europa League fixture this term (L1 - 5-1 vs. Bayern just days after drawing 1-1 with PAOK).
o Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on a run of three league games without a goal for the first time since November/December 2014. However, he has scored more goals against FCA than any other Bundesliga side (6 in 5 appearances).
o Marco Reus ended a five-game drought against M05 and has now reached 10 goals in five of the last six campaigns (last season being the only exception). He could make his 200th Bundesliga appearance this weekend (83 goals, 50 assists to date).
o Thomas Tuchel was a member of FCA's youth set-up (1988-1992). He coached their U19 and U23 sides (2005-2008) before moving to Mainz (summer 2008).