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Jon Riley 28th Sep 2012 - 9:58

OPTA Bundesliga Opta Facts Matchday 6

Fortuna Düsseldorf - FC Schalke 04

  • Düsseldorf have won only 1 of their last 6 BL home games against Schalke (2 draws, 3 losses) - 2-0 on February 24 1996.
  • The two teams' last BL meeting was won by Düsseldorf (1-0 at Schalke in May 1997). Fortuna, however, have only once been able to win consecutive BL games vs Schalke (1978/79).
  • Fortuna have yet to concede a goal this BL season. Only 1 team before in BL history kept a clean sheet in their first 5 games of the season - Stuttgart in 2003/04.
  • Currently only 3 other top flight teams in all of Europe have conceded no goals in their respective leagues this season: Kukesi (Albania), Tre Penne (San Marino) and AEK Larnaka (Cyprus). None of these teams, however, have already played as many as 5 league games.
  • Only once before were Düsseldorf unbeaten in their first 5 league games of the season. In 1995/96, after drawing their first 5 Fortuna lost on MD 6 at Karlsruhe (1-3).
  • Düsseldorf are unbeaten in their last 11 competitive games (5 wins, 6 draws). Their last loss came in a Second Division game at Dresden (1-2) on April 16 of this year.
  • Schalke have lost none of their last 4 BL away games (2 wins, 2 draws). Their last loss came in a 1-4 defeat at Nürnberg on April 11 of this year.
  • Düsseldorf's first 5 league games this season have seen a total of only 4 goals scored (2-0 vs Augsburg on MD1 and 2-0 at Fürth on MD5) - a record low for a single BL team in their first 5 games of a season.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has failed to find the net in his last 3 BL games - the last time this happened to him was a little more than a year ago. Only once has he had to wait longer: between November 2010 and February 2011 (12 BL games).
  • Andriy Voronin could make his 150th Bundesliga appearance in this clash. Last time out at Fürth, the Ukrainian did not feature in his team's starting eleven for the first time this season and sat on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

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Bayer Leverkusen v SpVgg Greuther Fürth

  • For the first time in their history, Leverkusen and Fürth are facing each other in an official match.
  • Leverkusen haven't lost any of their last 5 Bundesliga home matches, winning 3 and drawing 2. The new coach Sascha Lewandowski is the only Bundesliga coach without a home defeat.
  • Fürth are the first club in Bundesliga history to have failed to score and failed to win a point in their first 3 Bundesliga home matches. However, they haven't lost an away match, winning 1 and drawing 1. Their last away defeat in a league match was in February (1-3 in Dresden).
  • When Leverkusen have won 7 points in their first 5 Bundesliga matches of a season (partially converted to 3 points rule), they have gone on to become one of the best 7 teams in the league on 4 out of 5 occasions.
  • Leverkusen's total shots tally of 82 is only beaten by Bayern (93) and Dortmund (87).
  • Fürth have scored only 2 goals - only Wolfsburg and Augsburg have scored as rarely. Fürth have mustered 11 shots on target - the lowest total in this Bundesliga season.
  • Leverkusen have scored 6 of their 7 goals (86%) before the halftime break. Only Hannover have scored as many goals in the first 15 minutes (3).
  • Leverkusen have won 53.4% of their duels, only beaten by Schalke (55.3%) in this Bundesliga season. Fürth's percentage of 43.4% is by far the worst in the league.
  • Fürth's Thomas Kleine played in 10 Bundesliga matches for Leverkusen. From 2002 to 2003 he also played 8 matches in the UEFA Champions League for Bayer. Thanos Petsos (1 Bundesliga match for Bayer in 2009-10) and Tayfun Pektürk (youth player) also played for Leverkusen in the past.

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Werder Bremen v Bayern München

  • Against no team have Bayern suffered as many BL losses (26) as well as away losses (19) as vs Bremen (26). Their 116 goals conceded against Werder is also their most against any BL team.
  • Bayern have lost none of their last 9 games vs Werder in all competitions (6 wins, 3 draws). Bremen's last victory vs München was almost 4 years ago, a 5-2 at Munich in September 2008.
  • The last two meetings between the teams at Bremen saw a Werder defender score for his own team, then score an own goal - Per Mertesacker in 2010/11, Naldo in 2011/12.
  • Werder have lost their last 3 BL home games vs Bayern - they have never suffered 4 home losses in a row against the same opponent in the top flight.
  • Bayern have won their first 8 games in all competitions - only in 1984/85 did they get off to a better start (9 wins in a row).
  • Bayern's 15 points and 17-2 goals total is the best ever record in the German top flight after 5 games.
  • Nils Petersen played for Bayern last season, but made only 9 appearances (2 goals). Mehmet Ekici was a member of Bayern's youth squad, but made no BL appearances for the team - he left the club in 2010.
  • Mario Mandzukic has scored 8 goals in Bayern's 8 games in all competitions - he scored twice against Wolfsburg last time out after failing to find the net at Schalke and vs Valencia.
  • With his appearance vs Wolfsburg, Claudio Pizarro has become the foreign player with the most BL appearances in history. He played in 159 BL games for Bremen, scoring 89 goals - only 3 players have scored more for Werder in the top flight.
  • Jupp Heynckes has won only 7 of his 34 games vs Bremen as a BL manager (13 draws, 14 losses). He has, however, stayed unbeaten in the last 6 (4 draws, 2 wins - the last 2 meetings).

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1. FC Nürnberg v VfB Stuttgart

  • Nürnberg have lost 11 BL home games against Stuttgart (just like against Hamburg), more only against Bayern (13). Stuttgart have taken three points away from Nürnberg in 5 of their last 9 visits (2 draws, 2 losses).
  • 1983/84 saw Nürnberg endure two historic losses vs Stuttgart - their worst ever BL loss (0-7 at Stuttgart), as well as their worst home loss in the top flight (0-6).
  • Only 2 points from 5 games is Stuttgart's worst ever start to a BL season! The only other season when they won none of their first 5 games (4 draws, 1 loss) was in 2002/03 - they finished that season ranked 2nd, though.
  • Nürnberg have won none of their last 4 BL home games (2 draws, 2 losses). Their last home win was a 4-1 vs Schalke in April of this year.
  • Set-piece-specialists: Nürnberg have scored a league-high five goals from set-pieces this season, while Stuttgart have scored the highest proportion of goals from set-piece-type situations (3 of 3 - 100%!).
  • No team has conceded more goals than Stuttgart (12, like Hoffenheim). They haven't conceded a single goal from set-piece situations though, while Nürnberg have also conceded only 1 goal that way.
  • Nürnberg's 9 goals in all competitions have been scored by 9 different players.
  • 13 players have appeared in all league games this season, out of a possible 14!
  • Stuttgart's Cacau (2001/03) and Daniel Didavi (2011/12) played for Nürnberg, while Nürnberg's Raphael Schäfer (2007-08) and Timo Gebhart (2009-2012) are former Stuttgart players.
  • Tamas Hajnal is set to make his 50th BL appearance for Stuttgart, while Timothy Chandler is set to make his 50th overall in the top flight (all for Nürnberg). Both players scored their first goal in the top flight against today's opponent.

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1899 Hoffenheim v FC Augsburg

  • Augsburg's last win over Hoffenheim in any competition was more than 6 years ago: They prevailed 1-0 at home in April 2006 when both teams still played in the Third Division. They have yet to record a win vs 1899 in the Bundesliga, the Second Division or the Cup.
  • Augsburg's first ever BL loss came on MD3 of 2011/12 against Hoffenheim (0-2).
  • This game is the third meeting in a row between the two teams that will take place at Hoffenheim (Sinsheim) - following last season's Cup clash in the round of 16 (1-2) and the BL meeting in February of this year.
  • No team has conceded more goals than Hoffenheim (12, like Stuttgart), while Augsburg have conceded the 3rd most (10, like Hamburg).
  • Augsburg have won only 1 of the last 14 Bundesliga away games (on matchday 31 of 2011-12 at Wolfsburg 2-1), while losing 8 and drawing 5. Augsburg have won only 1 point and scored only 1 goal in the last 3 Bundesliga away games.
  • Hoffenheim have scored 9 goals in the last 3 Bundesliga matches (3 goals in each match). The last time they scored as many goals in 3 consecutive Bundesliga games was in September 2009 (12).
  • Augsburg have won only 1 point in the last 5 consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time in their history.
  • Augsburg have scored only 4 goals in their last 8 Bundesliga matches, failing to score more than one goal in each of these 8 games for the first time in their history.
  • Augsburg's passing accuracy in the opposition half is 74.2% - only Bayern Munich's accuracy is better (84.4%).
  • Hoffenheims newly signed Matthieu Delpierre has won 85.0% of his duels, which is the best percentage in Bundesliga.
  • Knowledge Musona was transferred from Hoffenheim to Augsburg during the summer (loan). The striker played in 16 Bundesliga games for Hoffenheim (0 goals) and 1 DFB-Pokal match (1 goal).
  • Sejad Salihovic scored in each of his 2 DFB-Pokal games and 2 Bundesliga games against Augsburg (plus one game in Bundesliga 2 with no goal scored). Only versus Hannover (7 matches) has he scored as many goals in all competitions as a professional football player (4).

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Hamburger SV v Hannover 96

  • Hannover have drawn 5 of their last 7 away matches in Hamburg. However, they haven't won in 8 years in Hamburg. Their last win was in December 2004 (2-0).
  • Hannover have managed to qualify in the last two seasons for the Europa League and currently rank 11 places higher than their northern "big brother" Hamburg.
  • Hamburger SV was founded on September 29 in 1887 - on match day exactly 125 years ago.
  • Hamburg have won only 2 of their last 11 home games, drawing 4 and losing 5. One of these victories was against Hannover on April 14 (1-0).
  • Hannover have the best goals to shots ratio in Bundesliga (32.6%) and have scored the second most goals (14, like Frankfurt).
  • Hamburg have conceded 5 of their 10 goals (50%) from set pieces. Last season, Hamburg conceded the most goals from set pieces in Bundesliga (26).
  • Szabolcs Huszti has scored 3 goals in this season, assisting 7. No other Bundesliga player has been directly involved in as many goals as Huszti. Huszti has been involved in 10 of the last 11 goals Hannover scored in Bundesliga (excluding 1 own goal).
  • Leon Andreasen suffered a cruciate ligament rupture only 55 days after his comeback against St. Patrick's in Europa League qualifiers. He's currently Hannover's top scorer (6 goals in 10 games in all competitions).
  • Rafael van der Vaart has been directly involved in 3 goals in his last 3 matches (1 goal, 2 assists). Hamburg have scored all 7 Bundesliga goals in 2012-13 while van der Vaart was on the pitch.
  • Rene Adler has made the most saves in Bundesliga (29). He saved 74.4% of all shots on his goal, which is much better than the ratio of adversary Ron-Robert Zieler (60%), who is currently number 3 in Germany's national team.

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Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach

  • Dortmund have lost none of their last 11 BL home games against Gladbach (9 wins, 2 draws), having won the last 6 in a row. Gladbach's last victory at Dortmund came in April 1998 (2-1) - more than 14 years ago.
  • Dortmund have won only 8 points from their first 5 games, but that is 1 more than at the same time last season, when they proceeded to lose on MD6 but ended up winning the title as well as the Cup.
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 16 BL home games, winning 14 of them - only Hannover have a longer unbeaten streak at home (21 games). Dortmund suffered only 1 loss in their last 35 at home in the league - 1-2 vs Hertha in September 2011.
  • Gladbach have won none of their last 5 competitive games (4 draws, 1 loss). The last time this happened was in March/April 2011 - they have never gone 6 games in a row without a win under manager Lucien Favre.
  • Dortmund have found the net at least once in each of their last 26 BL home games - a new club record. The last time they didn't was in a 0-0 vs archrivals Schalke in February 2011!
  • For the first time since the last matchday of 2010/11, Gladbach are not ranked in the top half of the table.
  • Dortmund have conceded 6 goals in their last 2 league games - the last time this happened was in February 2010 when they lost 2-3 vs Frankfurt and 1-3 at Bayern.
  • 5 of Dortmund's 8 goals conceded have been headers - the most with Wolfsburg. In all of 2011/12, Dortmund conceded only 4 headed goals. Gladbach have also conceded 4 headed goals already.
  • 14 of Dortmund's 16 goals in all competitions this season (88%) were either scored or assisted by a Polish player. In Dortmund's title run last season, Piszczek, Blaszczykowski and Lewandowski had a hand in 64% of Dortmund's goals.
  • Marco Reus moved from Gladbach to Dortmund this past summer for an estimated 17.1m Euro transfer fee. In 97 BL games for his former club, he scored 36 goals and made 20 assists.

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Eintracht Frankfurt v SC Freiburg

  • Freiburg have won only 1 of 5 their last five official matches against Frankfurt, drawing 1 and losing 3. The only victory was in September 2010 (1-0 in Frankfurt). However, Frankfurt failed to score in the last 2 duels.
  • Only 1 of 18 Bundesliga duels between the sides has ended in a draw, while Frankfurt have won 9 and Freiburg 8.
  • Frankfurt have won 1.56 points in average against Freiburg in Bundesliga. Of all current Bundesliga clubs only against Düsseldorf (1.79) and Nürnberg (1.57) have Frankfurt mustered more points.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt have won 13 points out of their first 5 Bundesliga matches (according to 3 points rule) only for the second time in their history. They only managed this before in 1993-94 with a better goal difference (+9), when Frankfurt ended up in 5th place at the end of the season.
  • Frankfurt are only the 3rd newly promoted team in 50 years of Bundesliga to start with 13 points from their first 5 matches (according to 3 points rule). Only Kaiserslautern in 1997-98, the future champions in that season, and RW Oberhausen in 1969-70 managed this before.
  • Frankfurt scored 14 goals in their first 5 matches. Uerdingen in 1983-84 (15) and Bayern Munich in 1965-66 (14) scored as many goals in their first 5 matches as a newly promoted team.
  • Freiburg have won only 1 of the last 6 Bundesliga matches, drawing 2 and losing 3. The only victory was a 5-3 at home against Hoffenheim on matchday 3.
  • Freiburg's 1-2-defeat to Bremen on Wednesday was the first time they have lost from a winning position in 11 Bundesliga matches (10 victories, 1 draw). Only Hannover have lost as many points from a winning position as Freiburg (5) this term.
  • Freiburg have failed to score and failed to win any points in the last 4 Bundesliga away games, while drawing 2 and losing 2. Freiburg never failed to score in 5 consecutive Bundesliga away matches.
  • 6 different players have scored Freiburg's 7 goals. In the previous season 17 different players scored for Freiburg, which equalled their season record from 2000-01.
  • Takashi Inui's 22 shots are a season high in the Bundesliga (tied with Stefan Kießling). He has scored 3 goals and assisted 2, which puts him on number 3 of all Bundesliga players for being directly involved in 5 goals.

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VfL Wolfsburg v 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • Wolfsburg hold the edge in the two teams‘ head-to-head comparison (6 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses). These 12 clashes have seen an average of 3.8 goals scored.
  • At Wolfsburg, both teams have won 2 of their duels, with 2 draws between them. Mainz have found the net at least twice in each of their 6 visits to Wolfsburg, and an average of 2.8 times per game.
  • Mainz' output after 5 games (4 points) is their 2nd worst ever in the top flight - in 2005/06 they had 0 points.
  • Wolfsburg have scored just two goals in their first four games, equalling the club's all-time low haul from the 2006/07 season.
  • Mainz have won only 1 of their last 19 BL away games (10 draws, 8 losses) - 3-0 at Bremen on March 31 of this year.
  • Wolfsburg have won none of their last 4 league games (2 draws, 2 losses) - the last time they had to wait longer was between March and April 2011 (6 games).
  • The Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 9 BL home games, conceding a total of 18 goals (an average of exactly 2). The last time they had a longer negative run like this was from December 2010 to September 2011 (12 home games).
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mainz' best goalscorer of last season (10 goals), has been waiting for a league goal for 846 minutes now. His last goal came at Bremen in March, when he scored twice in a 3-0 win.
  • Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel has never beaten a team coached by his opposite number Felix Magath (3 draws, 2 losses).
  • Felix Magath, on the other hand, hasn't lost in 10 BL games as a manager against Mainz (6 wins, 4 draws). This extends to the German Cup (1 win) and the Second League (2 wins).

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