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Stuart Dalgleish 22nd Sep 2015 - 9:33

German Bundesliga Opta Facts - 22-23 September

Hertha Berlin v 1. FC Köln


  • Hertha have lost just one of their last seven competitive fixtures against Köln (W4, D2) - a 1-0 defeat away from home in March 2012.
  • Berlin have only been defeated by top sides Wolfsburg and Dortmund this term and have as many points on the board after five games as they did in the 2013/14 campaign (7). They lost on matchday 5 too back then but then went four matches without defeat.
  • Köln last had as many points at this stage of the season 26 years ago (currently 9, 10 back then) - the Billy Goats even finished that campaign as runners-up under Christoph Daum.
  • Berlin are unbeaten in their last three league games on home soil (W1, D2) and have lost just one of their last 8 top-flight matches at the Olympiastadion (W3, D4) - 2-1 defeat to Gladbach on matchday 31 last term.
  • The Billy Goats have collected just one victory from their last nine BL away outings (D3, L5) - a 3-1 win in Stuttgart on matchday 1.
  • Hertha have netted just seven goals in their last 11 BL fixtures, a league low in that timeframe.
  • The Billy Goats have proven to be clinical with their clear-cut chances, converting seven of the eight they have created (87.5%).
  • Anthony Modeste (7 goals) and Simon Zoller (3) have been responsible for 77% of Köln's 13 competitive goals this season between them. Modeste has even been directly involved in nine of those 13 goals (7 goals + 2 assists).
  • Nine Köln players have started on each of the five BL matchdays this season (the same as Darmstadt) - no side can boast more regular starters.
  • Mitchell Weiser (2005-12) and Jens Hegeler (1998-2004) both have a Köln past. The son of former Billy Goats player Patrick Weiser still remains Köln's youngest BL debutant (17 years, 10 month, 4 days).
  • Vedad Ibisevic started a competitive match for the first time in seven months on matchday 5 in Wolfsburg. His BL goal drought goes on though - he has gone 1,375 minutes without finding the net in the German top flight.


SV Darmstadt 98 v SV Werder Bremen


  • Tuesday's game will be the eighth competitive fixture between Darmstadt and Bremen. SVD have only managed a solitary victory in the previous seven clashes (D2, L4) - they won 3-0 at home back in May 1979.
  • Bremen have scored a total of 21 goals in their seven competitive matches against Darmstadt, averaging three per game. SVW have netted 14 times in the last three encounters alone (an average of 4.7 goals per game).
  • Darmstadt have six points to their name after five matches - a club record at this early stage of the season. In their previous Bundesliga campaign in 1981/82, SVD had accrued just five points after five games.
  • The Lilies' 14-game unbeaten run at the Böllenfalltor (W7, D7) came to an end at the weekend when they lost 3-0 to FC Bayern.
  • Darmstadt have failed to win any of their three home games following their promotion (D2, L1). Their last top-flight victory at home came back in January 1982 (1-0 against Bielefeld).
  • Bremen have secured victory in only one of their last seven games on the road in the league (D4, L2). Skripnik's side ran out 3-1 winners in Sinsheim in their last away game.
  • Werder have scored at least one goal in each of their last 12 away games in the Bundesliga (19 in total, an average of 1.6 per game).
  • SVW have conceded 2,498 goals in the BL and are therefore just two short of an unwanted milestone. The only side to have already reached this tally are Werder's northern rivals, HSV.
  • Philipp Bargfrede was sent off against Ingolstadt and is therefore suspended for the game in Darmstadt.
  • Claudio Pizarro has made two substitute appearances since his return to Werder. His next appearance off the bench will be his 100th in the Bundesliga. The Peruvian would be the eighth BL player to reach this mark.
  • Pizarro‘s last BL goal was exactly 500 days ago. He scored the only goal of the game as Bayern beat Stuttgart 1-0 in May 2014.


FC Ingolstadt 04 v Hamburger SV


  • There has only been one previous competitive meeting of the sides. That clash took place in the first round of the DFB Cup in August 2008. HSV won 3-1 in Ingolstadt on that occasion.
  • Ingolstadt may be embarking on their maiden BL campaign, but they are already breaking records. They are the first debutant to win their opening three top-flight away matches. Their tally of four clean sheets in the first five games is also a new record for a BL newcomer.
  • Ingolstadt have scored just three goals in their first five Bundesliga games, but have collected 10 points. No other team has achieved that feat since the division was founded in 1963 (converted to the 3-points-per-win system where applicable).
  • A total of seven points from the first five games represents Hamburg's best start to a Bundesliga season since 2010/11 (8 points back then). At this stage of the last campaign, they had picked up just two points and were yet to hit the back of the net. Mirko Slomka had also already lost his job, which meant he was the first managerial departure of 2014/15.
  • Die Schanzer are without a Bundesliga win, or even a goal, on their own patch this season. Their home games have seen them lose to Dortmund (4-0) and draw with Wolfsburg (0-0).
  • HSV have kept successive Bundesliga clean sheets for the first time since November 2012 (0-0 draw in Freiburg and a 1-0 win over Mainz back then).
  • All three of FCI's wins have been 1-0 triumphs. During last season's second-tier campaign, they won more games by that scoreline than any other side (7, the same as Darmstadt).
  • HSV have lost eight out of their last 10 BL away matches (2 wins, including the recent 3-0 success in Mönchengladbach). During that timeframe they have conceded 28 goals.
  • Hamburg have won just one of their last six BL meetings with promoted teams (D1, L4) - a 3-0 victory over Paderborn in early February, in what was their most recent game of this kind.
  • This weekend's game will see two keepers who are yet to concede in the Bundesliga this season face off in the form of Ramazan Özcan (4 clean sheets, 12 shots on goal saved) and Jaroslav Drobny (2 clean sheets, 5 shots on goal saved).
  • Head coaches Ralph Hasenhüttl and Bruno Labbadia faced each other five times in the second division during their respective playing careers. Labbadia remained unbeaten (W2, D3) and scored more goals (3) than Hasenhüttl (1) during those meetings.


FC Bayern München v VfL Wolfsburg


  • Bayern have won 20 and drawn one of their 21 competitive home games against Wolfsburg. The Wolves' only point in Munich came courtesy of a 3-3 draw in December 2001.
  • After eight consecutive defeats, VfL have been able to celebrate in their two most recent meetings with FCB. They won 4-1 in the league in January and recently lifted the Supercup on penalties. They have, however, never gone three games in a row without losing to Bayern.
  • 15 points and a 15-2 goal record after five games is Bayern's second-best start to a Bundesliga season (the same as in 1968/69). Only in their 2012/13 treble-winning campaign have they had a better goal difference at this stage (17-2 goals).
  • 11 points from five games is the second-best tally in Wolfsburg's Bundesliga history. Only their record of 12 points in the 2004/05 season can better this.
  • The Wolves are unbeaten in 14 competitive matches (W9, D5). The Lower Saxony club are one game away from equalling their record (in professional football) of 15 games in a row without defeat in all competitions, which they achieved last season.
  • FCB are currently on a run of 47 BL matches without defeat in the first half of the season (W39, D8) - no other Bundesliga side has ever gone as many games without losing before Christmas. Leverkusen were the last team to beat them in the first half of the season in October 2012 (2-1).
  • Wolfsburg and Bayern are the only sides to have conceded only twice this season. This is the first time that the Wolves have conceded fewer than four goals after five BL matchdays.
  • Bayern München have won their last eight competitive fixtures at the Allianz Arena played during Oktoberfest. They have conceded only once during that timeframe, scoring 23 times. Their last home defeat during this period came five years ago against Mainz (2-1).
  • Two former Bayern players in the form of Luiz Gustavo and Dante are set to return to the Allianz Arena. It would be Gustavo's 200th BL appearance, whilst teammate Daniel Caligiuri could make his 150th.
  • Eight players in the form of Andre Schürrle, Julian Draxler, Dante, Luiz Gustavo, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller were all on the pitch for Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup.
  • After having scored only twice in 19 previous substitute appearances, Bas Dost bagged himself a brace last time out against Hertha after coming on in the 71st minute. He also scored twice in the 4-1 win over Bayern in January.

FC Schalke 04 v Eintracht Frankfurt


  • The Royal Blues have only lost two of their 18 Bundesliga games against Eintracht since October 2005 - both 1-0 defeats in Frankfurt in April 2013 and February 2015. Otherwise, they have recorded 10 victories and six draws in that timeframe.
  • S04 are unbeaten in their last 12 top-flight home games against SGE (W7, D5). Their last defeat on their own patch came back in May 1999 (3-2). This is Schalke's best record against any other BL side, while Frankfurt haven't lost as frequently to any other team.
  • FC Schalke 04 have only lost one of their last 11 Bundesliga home games across multiple seasons (W6, D4). They were beaten 1-0 by Bayer 04 Leverkusen back in March 2015.
  • The Royal Blues have secured back-to-back victories in the Bundesliga for the first time this year. Having accrued 10 points after five games, this is S04's best start to a season since 2012/13 (also 10 points).
  • Schalke have won the last 21 BL games in which they have led at half time - the last time they failed to see out a game after being in front at the break was on 23rd November 2013, when they drew 3-3 in Frankfurt.
  • SGE have lost just one of their last nine competitive games (W5, D3): They were beaten 2-1 in Wolfsburg on matchday 1.
  • The Eagles have recorded just one victory in their last 14 top-flight away games across multiple seasons (D4, L9). Frankfurt have failed to score in five of their last seven away fixtures.
  • The Eagles have converted each of their nine clear-cut chances this season and are therefore the only side in the league to boast a 100% record.
  • Leroy Sane scored his fourth goal in 19 Bundesliga appearances on MD5 away to VfB (1-0 win). His father Souleyman took an extra game to net his first four BL goals (20 matches).
  • Carlos Zambrano wore the FC Schalke 04 jersey from 2006 until 2010. He featured in 16 BL games, 14 of which were starts.
  • Stefan Aigner is on the verge of making his 100th Bundesliga appearance. He has been directly involved in 36 goals in 99 top-flight games (22 goals + 14 assists).



Hannover 96 v VfB Stuttgart


  • Hannover are winless in their last five meetings with Stuttgart (D3, L2), with their last victory over VfB dating back to November 2012 (4-2 away). The Baden-Württemberg club also lead the way in the head-to-head record (W24, D10, L18).
  • However, VfB are without a win in their last eight visits to Hannover (D5, L3) with their last triumph over the Lower Saxony club coming in their 2006/07 title-winning campaign (2-1 - goals from Hitzlsperger & Cacau).
  • 5 games, 0 points - never before had VfB taken fewer than two points from their opening five matches of a BL season (2014/15 and 2012/13). One point is also the lowest ever points haul for 96, having previously always had at least two points on the board at this stage (1970/71, 1985/86, 1988/89).
  • Prior to this season, just seven teams had failed to pick up a point after the first five games, most recently Rostock in 2007/08 (ultimately relegated). None of those sides went on to achieve a top-half finish, with three going down.
  • Alexander Zorniger is the first BL manager since Krasimir Balakov (2012 with Kaiserslautern) to lose each of his first five BL matches in the dugout. The top-flight record stands at six losses (Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt, Janos Bedl, Klaus-Peter Nehmet).
  • VfB last suffered five straight Bundesliga defeats one and a half years ago between December 2013 and March 2014, losing an incredible eight games on the spin back then under Thomas Schneider - a club record.
  • Hannover have lost each of their last four matches, something they last did in March/April 2014. 96 last experienced a longer losing sequence between December 2009 and February 2010 (9 straight defeats back then, a club record together with 1985/86).
  • 96 have secured a victory in just one of their last 11 home matches (D4, L6), while VfB have recorded just one win in their 10 away outings in 2015, otherwise suffering seven defeats (two draws).
  • Michael Frontzeck is winless in 11 competitive meetings against VfB as manager of Aachen, Bielefeld, Gladbach and St. Pauli (D4, L7). He was also defeated 7-0 in Stuttgart with Gladbach in September 2010 - his heaviest ever managerial loss.
  • Frontzeck joined VfB in 1989. The defender made 163 BL appearances for them (16 goals). His greatest triumph as a player was winning the league in 1992 under Christoph Daum.



Bayer 04 Leverkusen v 1. FSV Mainz 05


  • Leverkusen are without a win in three BL home matches against Mainz. The only side they have been waiting longer for a victory on their own patch against is Dortmund (eight games).
  • Six points from the opening five games represents Bayer 04's worst start to a season for nine years. In 2006/07, Leverkusen had just five points at this stage of the season under Michael Skibbe. They finished the campaign in fifth place.
  • The only time Mainz have had more points after five Bundesliga games was in 2010/11 (15). The Zerofivers' record is identical to the one they had this time last season: Nine points from five games, with nine goals scored and five conceded.
  • Leverkusen are bottom of a Bundesliga table representing only the last three matchdays (0 points, 0 goal scored, 7 conceded). They are the only side not to hit the back of the net in that timeframe.
  • Only Dortmund and Bayern (12 each) have picked up more points over the last four matchdays than Mainz (nine).
  • The last time Bayer 04 lost three Bundesliga games on the bounce was in February/March 2014 - one and a half years ago. The last time they lost more consecutive games in the top flight was in March 2012 (four).
  • Bayer 04 are without a goal in three games (342 minutes or over 5 ½ hours, to be precise). They have failed to hit the back of the net in four consecutive Bundesliga games twice before, most recently in 1995/96. They have never gone longer without scoring.
  • Roger Schmidt's men have won each of their last eight Wednesday Bundesliga games - a club record. The last time they dropped points on a Wednesday was in May 2008's 2-1 home defeat to Hertha BSC, a game which took place over seven years ago.
  • Bayer 04's clear-cut-chance-conversion rate (from 54% to 9%) and chance-conversion rate (from 15% to 5%) have dropped significantly from 2014/15.
  • Roger Schmidt is on a run of three consecutive league defeats for the first time in his managerial career.



TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund


  • Borussia Dortmund have a narrow lead over TSG Hoffenheim in the sides' head-to-head record. BVB have five wins compared to TSG's four (five draws).
  • Hoffenheim have failed to beat Borussia in their last five competitive meetings (four in the BL and one in the DFB Cup). TSG's last victory came on matchday 34 in 2012/13, when they won 2-1 in Dortmund to move out of a direct relegation spot.
  • With five matches gone, 1899 Hoffenheim sit 15th with just one point to their name - their worst ever start to a BL season.
  • Borussia Dortmund's five wins from their opening five games and an 18-3 goal record is the best start to a season by any club in BL history (Bayern München scored one goal fewer in 2012/13 when they opened with 5 wins and a 17-2 goal record).
  • BVB have now scored 18 goals and have 15 points on the board after five matches - exactly the same record they had at the end of the first half of last season.
  • Hoffenheim are without a win in six competitive matches this season (D1, L5) - a run of form they haven't suffered since promotion to the Bundesliga in 2008. Last season, TSG remained undefeated in their first 11 competitive fixtures.
  • BVB's 11th consecutive win has extended their club record. The last German team to go on such a run was FC Bayern München, when they won 13 competitive games in a row between December 2013 and March 2014.
  • No other team in the BL has thrown away as many points from winning positions this season as 1899 Hoffenheim (nine).
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the goalscoring charts together with Thomas Müller (six goals each). The Gabon international has scored in each of his last seven BL games.
  • Thomas Tuchel is chasing the BL record set by Otto Rehhagel, who won his first seven games in charge of Bayern back in 1995.
  • Jürgen Klopp's first BL defeat as Dortmund coach came at the hands of Hoffenheim (4-1 on MD5 in 2008/09).

Borussia Mönchengladbach v FC Augsburg



  • Lucien Favre, the third-best Gladbach coach in BL history with a 1.62 points-per-game average, resigned on Sunday. In his four and a half years at Borussia, he helped them avoid relegation in 2011 and secured their first ever Champions League qualification in 2014/15.
  • Gladbach have won just one of their eight Bundesliga meetings with Augsburg (1-0 at home in April 2013) and have lost each of the last three clashes.
  • Borussia have lost 50% of their Bundesliga games against FCA on home soil (two from four). Against no other team have they lost a higher percentage of home matches.
  • The Foals have lost their opening five BL games of a season for the first time. They have now lost six straight matches across multiple seasons (also 3-1 to FCA on MD34). The last time they went on a run as bad as this was in 1998/99, which also resulted in a change of head coach.
  • After three consecutive competitive defeats, Augsburg recorded their first league win of the season by beating Hannover 2-0. The last time FCA had to wait as long for a victory at the start of a BL season was during the 2012/13 campaign (3-1 vs. Bremen on MD7).
  • With just two goals scored, Gladbach have the league's worst attack - and with 12 goals conceded (the same as Hannover), the second-worst defensive record in the BL after Stuttgart (13). The Foals have only scored fewer goals at this stage of the season once, in 1991/92 (one), and have only conceded more on one occasion too, in 2010/11 (17).
  • Augsburg were unlucky to lose their last game in Munich (2-1) - before that loss, FCA were unbeaten in three consecutive Bundesliga away games (W2, D1).
  • Borussia have gone 1-0 down in all seven of their competitive fixtures this season. Only against St. Pauli in the DFB Cup did they not end up losing the game.
  • Andre Schubert, usually Gladbach's U23s head coach, will take over first-team duties for the time being. He averaged 1.45 points per game in his 109 matches at Paderborn and St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga from 2009-12. However, he failed to beat FCA in four attempts (D2, L2).
  • Alexander Esswein has scored two of FCA's four league goals this season, and has scored in back-to-back BL games for the third time in his career. He has never managed to score in three straight league matches.
  • Andre Hahn (January 2013 to July 2014) and Ibrahima Traore (2009-11) were both at FCA, whilst Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker (2008-10) and Raul Bobadilla (2009-12) played for BMG.



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