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Simon Gott 25th Sep 2015 - 17:56

German Bundesliga Opta Facts 25-27 September


FC Köln - FC Ingolstadt 04


  • Ingolstadt have won only one of their four previous competitive meetings with Köln (all in BL2). That 1-0 victory came the last time the sides met in Cologne (otherwise D1, L2).
  • The last time Köln had at least this many points on the board after six BL games (10) was 19 years ago (12, converted to the 3-points-per-win system). Back in 1996/97, the Rhineland club finished the season safely in the middle of the pack in 10th.
  • The match against Ingolstadt will be Köln's 750th at home in the Bundesliga. They haven't lost any of their last 13 BL home games (W5, D8). The last time they went on a run like that was in 1991/92, when they stayed unbeaten in their first 13 home matches of the season.
  • Despite the last-minute defeat to Hamburg (1-0), the Schanzer are still the best BL debutants since Hoffenheim in 2008/09 (also 10 points from 6 matches).
  • The Bavarian club are the first debutants in BL history to win their first three away games without conceding. They are also the only team yet to let in a goal away from home in the Bundesliga this season.
  • The Billy Goats have already shipped 11 goals this term - almost four times more than at this stage last season (3).
  • Ingolstadt are the only team yet to score in the first half, but they are also yet to concede before the 55th minute.
  • Peter Stöger and Ralph Hasenhüttl used to play together at Austria Vienna between 1989 and 1994 and won three Austrian Bundesliga titles (1991, 1992, 1993), as well as three Austrian Cups (1990, 1992, 1994).
  • The meeting between Stöger and Hasenhüttl is the first between two Austrian managers in the Bundesliga since November 2002 (Kurt Jara and Peter Pacult back then).
  • Marvin Matip, who turns 30 on the day of the game, played for 1. FC Köln from 2005 to 2009 (45 BL appearances, 42 in BL2) and celebrated promotion to the top flight with the Billy Goats in 2008.
  • Simon Zoller has scored four goals in three BL2 matches against Ingolstadt. He has scored more often against them than any against other team in German professional football.


FC Augsburg - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

  • Hoffenheim have lost their last three BL matches away to FCA, with their only win in Augsburg coming in the first BL clash between the two sides (2-0 in August 2011). Schalke are the only other side to have beaten TSG in their last three BL home meetings with them (currently 4 wins in a row).
  • Along with Hannover, Hoffenheim are one of only two teams yet to celebrate a win in the Bundesliga this season (D2, L4). With just two points from six games, this is by far TSG's worst-ever start to a BL campaign (previously 7 points in 2012/13).
  • Augsburg have lost four of their first six BL games this season (W1, D1) - this has only happened once before, in the 2012/13 campaign, which ended with them finishing in 15th place and narrowly avoiding relegation.
  • FCA are yet to win back-to-back BL home games in 2015. The last time they won consecutive home matches was following a 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim in February (having beaten Gladbach 2-1 in December).
  • Hoffenheim are without a win in any of their last five league games across multiple seasons (D1, L4). TSG have won just one of their last 12 away games (D3, L8), beating Hannover 2-1 on matchday 30 of last season.
  • TSG have already squandered 11 points from leading positions so far this campaign - no other team has dropped more than six (Hannover). Had Hoffenheim taken those 11 points, they would currently be level with Schalke in third place (13 points).
  • After conceding four in Gladbach, FCA are on the brink of conceding their 200th Bundesliga goal. They have shipped 199 in 142 BL matches to date (1.4 per game on average).
  • Paul Verhaegh is one of just three players (together with Wendell and Daniel Didavi) to have already been shown four yellow cards this season, and is therefore just one away from a suspension. The defender was booked just four times in his 27 appearances last season.


Hamburger SV - FC Schalke 04

  • Schalke haven't celebrated more wins against any other BL team than they have against HSV (35, the same as against Bremen and Stuttgart). S04 have netted 133 goals against HSV - their highest tally against any BL side.
  • Both teams are still unbeaten in September: Schalke have come out on top in all four of their competitive matches, while HSV have recorded two wins and a draw.
  • Schalke have lost each of their last three games in the Saturday evening 'top game' timeslot 1-0. The Royal Blues have also lost both of their Saturday tea-time matches against HSV (2010/11).
  • HSV haven't lost a home game since Bruno Labbadia returned to manage the club for a second spell (W3, D3).
  • Schalke have made their best start to the season in 15 years, having accrued 13 points from the first six games. They had collected 14 points at this stage of the 2000/01 campaign.
  • Having amassed 10 points from six games, HSV have their highest points tally at this stage of the season in six years. They started with 14 points back in 2009/10, also when Bruno Labbadia was in charge. Hamburg had only collected two points after the first six games last term, having conceded eight goals and scored one.
  • Hamburg haven't conceded in any of their last three BL fixtures. The last time HSV managed three consecutive clean sheets within a single campaign was between March and April 2007 (4 matches back then).
  • Schalke also haven't conceded in any of their last three competitive games. The last time S04 went as long without shipping a goal was between December 2013 and January 2014 -they kept four clean sheets in a row in all competitions back then.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored 10 goals in nine BL games against HSV. He hasn't netted as many times against any other team in the top flight.
  • HSV have collected 20 points in the league since Bruno Labbadia returned (the same as Schalke) - only Dortmund (29) and Bayern (27) have accumulated more in that timeframe.
  • Andre Breitenreiter is Schalke's best manager in Bundesliga history, collecting an average of 2.17 points per game.


VfL Wolfsburg - Hannover 96

  • This weekend's clash will be the 40th competitive meeting between Wolfsburg and Hannover. VfL have won 17 games so far, while 96 have triumphed 15 times (7 draws).
  • Hannover have picked up 16 of the last 21 points available against the Wolves in the Bundesliga.
  • Michael Frontzeck's men have taken just one point from their opening six games - their worst ever start to a Bundesliga season. When they were last relegated from the top flight (1988/89), they had picked up two points at this stage of the campaign.
  • Wolfsburg are unbeaten in 25 Bundesliga home games across multiple seasons (W19, D6). The last defeat on their own patch came in March 2014 (6-1 against Bayern).
  • The Wolves have scored at least once in each of their last 33 Bundesliga home matches. They remain short of the club record, which was achieved between May 2008 and November 2010 (41 home games).
  • Hannover have lost each of their last five Bundesliga matches. The last time they went on a run like that was in 2009/10, when they lost nine games on the bounce. They equalled a negative club record on that occasion - they also suffered nine straight defeats in 1985/86.
  • The meeting with the Wolves could see Hannover concede for a 25th Bundesliga match in a row, which would see them set a new negative club record.
  • Wolfsburg have picked up more home points than any other top-flight side in 2015 (29). Together with Dortmund and Bayern, VfL are one of only three sides not to drop points at home yet this term.
  • Hannover have picked up fewer Bundesliga points than any other side this year (14, excluding promoted and relegated teams). They are bottom of the table for the first time in seven years and have conceded more goals than anyone else this season (15).
  • VfL let in more goals in a remarkable nine-minute spell on matchday 6 in Munich (5) than they had done in their eight previous competitive games this term combined (4).
  • Dieter Hecking was part of the Hannover side that gained promotion to the second division in 1998 and managed them between 2006 and 2009 (101 Bundesliga matches).

Eintracht Frankfurt - Hertha Berlin

  • This weekend will see Eintracht and Hertha BSC meet for the 55th time in the Bundesliga. Frankfurt are one of the Berlin side's favourite opponents. They have only recorded more victories over HSV (26 in 64 clashes) than they have against SGE (25).
  • Hertha BSC have scored more Bundesliga goals against the Eagles than any other side (96).
  • The capital club have won just one of their last six games against Eintracht though (D3, L2) - the then newly-promoted outfit beat SGE 6-1 on matchday 1 of the 2013/14 season.
  • Frankfurt haven't lost any of their last 13 home games in the Bundesliga (W8, D5), picking up an impressive 29 of a possible 39 points in the process. The last time they went on a run like that was almost 15 years ago (February to November 2000, 15 home games without defeat).
  • The opening weekend victory in Augsburg is Hertha's only win in their last seven away matches. They have lost five of the other six (1 draw). Last season, only HSV (12) and Frankfurt (11) picked up fewer points on the road than Hertha (13).
  • Only Bayern (20) and Dortmund (19) have scored more goals than Frankfurt this term (12). Their chance-conversion rate of 21.1% can only be beaten by BVB (22.6%).
  • Hertha have averaged 0.7 goals per point this season - their most efficient rate after six games of a Bundesliga season. They have conceded just 21 goals in the 21
  • SGE are the only side to have a 100% clear-cut-chance-conversion rate (9/9). They have scored five goals from counterattacks - no other Bundesliga side has scored more than twice in that manner.
  • Hertha striker Vedad Ibisevic netted his first Bundesliga brace since May 2013 in the match against Köln, and it also saw him end a 1,417-minute goal drought in the top flight.
  • Last season's top scorer in the Bundesliga Alex Meier has scored five goals in his last five appearances against Hertha, including four in his last three.
  • Pal Dardai remained unbeaten against sides coached by current SGE manager Armin Veh during his playing career (W6, D3).


Borussia Dortmund - SV Darmstadt 98

  • Borussia Dortmund and SV Darmstadt 98 have met in five competitive fixtures, with BVB recording three wins compared to SVD's solitary victory (1 draw). Darmstadt's only win dates back to October 1978 (3-2 at home).
  • The two sides most recently met in a DFB Cup last-16 tie in December 1982. Dortmund ran out 4-2 winners despite being 2-0 down at the break.
  • Dortmund's tally of 16 points and goal difference of +15 is a new club record after six BL games. They had also collected 16 points at this stage in 2013/14, but had a goal difference of "only" +11.
  • BVB are unbeaten in 12 competitive matches (W11, D1). The last time Borussia went on a longer run without loss was between December 2011 and May 2012, when they set a club record (23 competitive games in a row).
  • The 3-0 loss to Bayern on matchday 5 is Darmstadt's only defeat in the BL so far this season (W2, D3). The Lilies' have set a new club record in the Bundesliga, having accumulated nine points from the opening six matches.
  • BVB have won their last 11 competitive games on home soil. Their last defeat came against Bayern on 4th April 2015 (1-0 at home). Dortmund have scored at least two goals per game in that timeframe and have netted 37 in total (3.4 goals per game on average).
  • Darmstadt haven't lost any of their three competitive away games so far in 2015/16 (W2, D1), collecting an impressive four points from their BL matches in Schalke and Leverkusen.
  • Dortmund haven't lost a home game on a Sunday in over five years (W7, D2). Their last home defeat on the final day of the week came back in August 2010 (2-0 at home to Leverkusen).
  • Thomas Tuchel chasing a BVB record: Karl-Heinz Feldkamp (1982) is the only previous Dortmund manager to remain unbeaten in his first six Bundesliga games. He was then, however, beaten in his seventh match in charge (3-2 loss away to Nürnberg).
  • Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the first Bundesliga player to score in each of the opening six games of a season.

SV Werder Bremen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

  • Bremen have won their last two home games against Leverkusen (1-0 in December 2013 and 2-1 in February 2015). However, these are the only two victories that Werder have recorded in the last 14 BL meetings between the sides (otherwise D7, L5).
  • With their 1-0 win over Mainz, Bayer 04 ended a run of three straight defeats in which they failed to find the net on every occasion.
  • Werder have lost their last two BL games against promoted sides Ingolstadt (1-0 at home) and Darmstadt (2-1 away). The last time Bremen lost back-to-back matches to promoted teams was in 1998 (against Nürnberg and Freiburg).
  • Leverkusen have lost their last two BL away games (both 3-0, to Bayern and Dortmund). The last time Bayer 04 lost three consecutive fixtures on the road was in March/April 2010, when they lost four away outings on the bounce.
  • Bayer 04 have the worst chance-conversion rate (5.5%) and the worst clear-cut-chance-conversion rate (7.7%) in the league, having only finished off one of their 13 clear-cut chances.
  • Bremen have had a man sent off in back-to-back games for the first time since November 2012. Philipp Bargfrede (straight red vs. Ingolstadt) and Fin Bartels (2 yellows vs. Darmstadt) are both suspended for the meeting with Leverkusen.
  • Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez became the fourth Mexican to score a BL goal after netting the winner against Mainz. The other three were Pavel Pardo, Ricardo Osorio and Francisco Rodriguez ("Maza"), who all played for VfB Stuttgart.
  • Werder's Zlatko Junuzovic celebrates his 28th birthday on the day of the match. His teammate Clemens Fritz played for Leverkusen for three years (43 BL appearances, 2 goals) before joining Bremen in 2006. Levin Öztunali is currently on loan at Werder from Bayer 04.
  • Sebastian Boenisch made 55 BL appearance for Werder between 2007 and 2012, scoring one goal. Karim Bellarabi played for Werder's youth setup from 1998 to 2004, and Julian Brandt, despite never playing for SVW, was born in Bremen.


VfB Stuttgart - Borussia Mönchengladbach

  • Gladbach have lost 37 Bundesliga matches against Stuttgart (the same as against Bremen and Hamburg) - they have only suffered more top-flight defeats against Bayern (45).
  • Borussia are unbeaten in their last four meetings with VfB though (W2, D2) and have also won three of their last four fixtures in Stuttgart.
  • The teams have only been worse placed prior to a direct meeting on one occasion: Matchday 21 in 2010/11, when Stuttgart (17th) won 3-2 away at Gladbach (18th).
  • Both sides secured their first wins of the season on matchday 6, but have still never had fewer points on board at this stage than they do currently (3 each).
  • VfB have lost each of their first three home games of a season for the first time in the club's history and with no points and a -6 goal difference, sit bottom of the home table.
  • Gladbach are the only side yet to pick a point away from home this term and have suffered three defeats in their opening three away games for the fifth time in their history. They have only gone longer without picking up points on the road at the start of the 1991/92 season (6 games) and in 2006/07 (5).
  • Only Hannover (15) have shipped more goals than Stuttgart and Gladbach (14 each). Those three sides plus Werder Bremen are the only teams yet to keep a clean sheet this term.
  • VfB let in nine goals on the counter last season - only HSV conceded more (10). Stuttgart have shipped a league-high five goals in that manner already this term, with four of them coming on home soil.
  • Andre Schubert is the 17th consecutive manager not to be defeated in his first BL match as Gladbach manager. Only Wolf Werner has secured two victories from his opening two games in charge of Borussia (1987/88).
  • Raffael was the decisive man against Augsburg and provided three assists in a Bundesliga game for the first time in his career. He therefore already has more assists to his name than in 2014/15 (2), but is still on a 585-minute goal drought.


FSV Mainz 05 - FC Bayern München

  • With 18 points and a +17 goal difference, the record champions have equalled the best Bundesliga record after six matchdays, with only Bayern themselves having previously done the same in 2012/13 (fewer goals scored back then - 19).
  • Mainz have lost each of their last seven meetings with sides sitting first in the table - they last secured victory over a league leader against the Munich club themselves, coming out on top 3-2 at home in November 2011.
  • The Zerofivers have let in just 1.2 goals per game on average across their last 12 fixtures, never conceding more than two in a match - even against UCL sides Bayern München (2-0 away loss), Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-1 away win) and Bayer 04 (1-0 away loss).
  • Bayern have not lost any of their last 16 BL fixtures during the Oktoberfest period (W13, D3) and have kept a clean sheet in 14 of those matches. However, FSV prevailed 2-1 in Munich in the only clash between the sides during Oktoberfest in September 2010.
  • This match sees the sides that have hit the woodwork the most times during the current BL campaign go head-to-head: FC Bayern have struck it seven times and Mainz six.
  • FCB have won all three of the BL games in which they have trailed and have therefore picked up as many points from losing positions this term as they did in the whole of 2014/15 (9).
  • Yunus Malli has found the net in three of his last four BL matches and is responsible for each of Mainz's last five goals. He has therefore scored more goals than the rest of the FSV squad combined (4 BL goals).
  • Robert Lewandowski scored five goals against Wolfsburg in the space of 8 minutes and 59 seconds and therefore became the quickest player to bag a hat-trick, four goals and five goals in BL history - the Pole is now on the verge of his 100th top-flight goal (currently 99).
  • 2014's top BL scorer leads the goalscoring charts this term with eight goals - only four players in Bundesliga history have scored more goals than him after six matchdays.


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