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Lewis Constable 17th Feb 2016 - 15:12

Opta Facts Bundesliga 19-21 February 2016

Eintracht Frankfurt – Hamburger SV
o    Eintracht are unbeaten in seven games against Hamburger SV (W4, D3). HSV’s last victory over Frankfurt dates back to January 2011 (1-0).
o    SGE have won just two of their last 11 Bundesliga games (D3, L6). Only Hannover (6) have accrued fewer points in this timeframe than Frankfurt (9, same as TSG).
o    HSV beat BMG 3-2 on Sunday to end a six-game winless run and claim their first win of 2016.
o    Eintracht’s last Bundesliga win on a Friday dates back to September 2012 (2-1 in Nuremberg). Since then the Eagles have failed to win in nine attempts (D5, L4).
o    HSV have a mixed record on a Friday this term. They’ve been beaten by FCB on two occasions (5-0 and 2-1) but have won their other three Friday fixtures, scoring seven and conceding just once.
o    SGE and HSV have conceded 11 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches this term – this is a joint league high.
o    Only Schalke (9) have scored more goals on the break than Eintracht this season (7, same as BVB and VfB). HSV have conceded seven in this manner in 2015/16, while only Stuttgart and Wolfsburg have let in more (both 8).
o    Alex Meier has 12 goals to his name this term (a club high and 5th-best record in the division), while 10 of these strikes came in home matches. Only Lewandowski (6) has scored more goals than the SGE man in 2016 (5).
o    Bruno Labbadia is unbeaten against Armin Veh as a head coach (5 Bundesliga games, 1 Regionalliga Süd clash). His record stands at 4 wins and 2 draws.
o    Labbadia has faced Eintracht as a Bundesliga boss on eight occasions, and has never been beaten by the side from Hesse (W4, D4).
o    HSV forward Artjoms Rudnevs has netted twice this season despite only recording four shots on target.

FC Bayern München – SV Darmstadt 98
o    Pep Guardiola’s men are unbeaten in their last eight competitive fixtures against Darmstadt (W7, including each of the last 5).  SVD have only previously taken one top-flight point against FCB (1-1 in the Olympiastadion in November 1978).
o    FCB’s last home game against the Lilies came in this season’s DFB Cup (Last 16). The record Bundesliga champions won 1-0 thanks to a solitary Xabi Alonso strike.
o    Bayern have won their last 23 Bundesliga matches against newly-promoted sides, netting a whopping 77 goals in total (3.3 per game). Their last defeat against a newcomer came in late August 2010, when they were beaten 2-0 in Kaiserslautern.
o    Bayern’s home record this season is the best at this point of a campaign in Bundesliga history (30 points, GD: +31). This is also the fifth time that a side has won their first 10 games of a season in front of their own spectators (FCB were also the last team to do this, 2013/14).
o    Dirk Schuster’s side have the division’s third-best away record (17 points, same as B04), and have also collected 71% of their points on the road – a league high.
o    SVD have scored 13 goals from set pieces this season (league high), while six of these have come from corners. They average a goal every 14 corners – which is also a league high.
o    Bayern’s defence against FCA (Bernat – Alaba – Kimmich – Lahm) had an average height of 1.74m (all shorter than 1.80m). Meanwhile, Darmstadt are the Bundesliga side to have netted the most headed goals this season (9).
o    Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller have scored 36 goals and are the league’s highest scoring duo after 21 games (previously Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeneß, who had 35 goals to their names at this point of 1972/73)
o    Lewandowski has netted 21 goals this term – just one less than Darmstadt collectively (22). This is the highest individual tally at this point of a season since 1972/73 (23, Gerd Müller).
o    Munich-born Sandro Wagner is Darmstadt’s top scorer (7). He played for Bayern Munich between 1996 and 2007.

Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1. FC Köln

o    Gladbach have beaten Köln more times than any other Bundesliga side (45) and have netted a club record 167 goals against them. The Billy Goats’ 45 Bundesliga defeats at the hands of Borussia is a club record total.
o    Köln have won just one of their last 15 competitive games in Gladbach (D3, L11 – 2-1 in October 2008 under Christoph Daum).
o    Gladbach’s 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture was followed by Lucien Favre’s resignation (5 defeats in opening 5 games of the season). He was replaced by current boss Andre Schubert.
o    Köln were the top dogs in North Rhine-Westphalia before Christmas – their record against teams from the region has been impeccable so far this season (P4, W4). Gladbach have struggled against the same sides though in 2015/16 (W1, L4 – 3-1 vs. Schalke on MD10).
o    The Billy Goats haven’t won consecutive Bundesliga games since October 2014 (vs. BVB and SVW on that occasion).
o    The Foals have lost six of their last eight competitive games (W2), including three of their last four in the Bundesliga (W1). However, they’ve won seven of their last nine league matches in front of their own fans (D1, L1).
o    Gladbach have scored 42 goals this term – their best tally after 21 Bundesliga games since 1994/95 (46). Only Dortmund and Bayern have scored more this term (both 53).
o    Peter Stöger’s men currently have 29 points – their best tally at this point of a campaign since 2000/01 (also 29). They finished that season in 10th place.
o    Only BMG (9) have conceded more headed goals than Köln in 2015/16 (8, same as Bremen).
o    Gladbach have scored a league-high nine goals from outside the box this season. The Billy Goats and TSG are the only sides yet to net in this manner this term.
o    Anthony Modeste has been directly involved in 54% of Köln’s 24 goals this term (10 goals + 3 assists). No other player has played a hand in such a high proportion of his team’s goals.

Hertha BSC – VfL Wolfsburg

o    VfL have won five of the last six Bundesliga meetings between these sides (L1), while Hertha have scored just four goals in that timeframe - never netting more than once per game.
o    Dieter Hecking’s side have 14 fewer points (30) at this stage compared to last season (44). They will have to win all of their remaining 13 games in order to match last term’s tally (69).
o    Pal Dardai’s team have lost just one of their last seven Bundesliga matches (W3, D3) but are the only side in the top 13 without a win in 2016 (D3, L1).
o    Hertha are unbeaten in five home matches in the Bundesliga (claiming 11 out of 15 points in that timeframe). They haven’t scored in front of their own fans this year though, and are on a 216 minute goal drought at the Olympiastadion.
o    Wolfsburg (3rd) were four places ahead of Hertha (7th) going into the reverse fixture, however this time round, BSC (4th) are now four places ahead of VfL (8th).
o    VfL have claimed the fewest points on their travels (6), have the worst away goal difference (-13) and have picked up the fewest victories on the road (1, same as TSG) this season. Just 20% (6/30) of their points have come from away games, which is a league low.
o    Wolfsburg have taken the lead four times away from home this season, but have lost three of those games - the 1-0 win in Darmstadt (MD10) being the exception.
o    The Wolves have conceded three goals in each of their last three Bundesliga matches on the road – their longest run since August-September 2011 (4 games, under Felix Magath).
o    Pal Dardai and Dieter Hecking have the same Bundesliga points-per-game average as coaches (1.44).
o    Hertha’s Tolga Cigerci came up through Wolfsburg’s academy, and played there for six years. Peter Pekarik won the league with the Wolves in 2009, also.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – 1. FSV Mainz 05

o    Mainz average more points per game against Hoffenheim (1.92) than against any other current Bundesliga side (that they have faced on multiple occasions).
o    TSG have won just one of their last eight matches against Mainz (D4, L3). That win came in Sinsheim in February 2015 (2-0), in what was Martin Schmidt’s first away game as FSV boss.
o    The 05ers have won three games in a row for the first time in two years.
o    1899 have amassed just 15 points so far – their lowest ever return at this point of a top-flight season. They have also occupied an automatic-relegation position since matchday nine, which is their longest ever period of time spent in the Bundesliga’s bottom two.
o    Martin Schmidt’s men have claimed nine points from their four games to date in 2016 – their best start to a year since 2007 (10, under Jürgen Klopp).
o    Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won just one game this term (D5, L4). In their previous seven Bundesliga campaigns they had always won at least two of their opening 10 home fixtures.
o    M05 have let in a league-low six goals over the course of the last 10 matchdays (same as FCB).
o    TSG haven’t lost any of their last seven Saturday matches (W1, D6) – the longest current run as such in the Bundesliga.
o    Eugen Polanski moved from Mainz to Hoffenheim in January 2013, and could make his 100th competitive appearance for TSG this weekend.
o    M05’s Yunus Malli is on a 638-minute goal drought in the Bundesliga, while Kevin Volland (TSG) hasn’t netted for 897 minutes in the league – the longest wait for a goal in his career.
o    Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest head coach in the history of the Bundesliga. During the 2005/06 season he played alongside Mainz skipper Julian Baumgartlinger for TSV 1860 München’s U19 side.

FC Ingolstadt 04 – SV Werder Bremen
o    Werder went into the reverse fixture in sixth place – their highest ranking under Skripnik – in what was the first competitive meeting of the sides. Ingolstadt won the game thanks to Moritz Hartmann’s 90th minute strike (1-0).
o    Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have won both of their home games in 2016 (vs. M05 and FCA) but have lost their two away matches (vs. BVB and VfL).
o    14 of Werder’s 20 points (70%) have come on the road, while only four teams have claimed more on their travels. They have the division’s worst home record.
o    FCI have claimed 26 points despite scoring just 14 goals this term – this equates to 1.9 points-per-goal, the best ratio across Europe’s top five leagues.
o    Bremen have won just one of their last nine league matches (D4, L4) – 3-1 vs. Schalke (MD18).
o    Ingolstadt have failed to score in four of their last six matches.
o    Werder face both newly promoted sides (FCI and SVD) over the course of the next two matchdays – they lost both reverse fixtures.
o    Bremen’s new signing Sambou Yatabaré is finally available for selection after he completed a three-match suspension picked up at former club Standard Liège.
o    Claudio Pizarro has scored in each of his last five competitive away appearances (3 Bundesliga matches, 2 DFB Cup ties).
o    Fin Bartels could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance for Bremen (and 100th overall) this weekend.
o    FCI boss Ralph Hasenhüttl faced Bremen as a player for Austria Vienna in the second round of the 1989/90 UEFA Cup (5-0 away loss, 2-0  home win). He scored twice in the second leg.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Borussia Dortmund

o    Leverkusen haven’t won any of their last eight Bundesliga home games against Dortmund (D5, L3) – their longest ever run without a home victory against a top-flight side.
o    Bayer 04 are unbeaten in six league matches (W4, D2) – their longest run of the campaign.
o    Thomas Tuchel’s side have the best tally for a second-placed side in the history of the Bundesliga after 21 games (48 points) – but the gap to B04 in third is the largest it has ever been in the German top flight at this point of a campaign.
o    42 of the 52 Bundesliga champions have had fewer points after 21 games than this BVB team. Dortmund have had a lower tally at this point in four of their five title-winning campaigns.
o    The Werkself have conceded just two goals in their last six outings (a league low, together with Bayern). They haven’t conceded a home Bundesliga goal for 310 minutes.
o    Roger Schmidt’s side have picked up more points from losing positions than any other side (12). They’ve have won all 10 games this season in which they have taken the lead – FCB are the only other side to achieve this feat (18).
o    Bayer 04 have conceded exactly half of their goals from set pieces (11/22) – the most in the league. On the other hand, BVB have scored just 15% of their goals from dead balls. Only Mainz have netted a lower proportion in this manner.
o    Gonzalo Castro joined Leverkusen’s youth set-up in the summer of 1999, before staying at the club for 16 years (268 Bundesliga appearances, 25 goals, 48 assists).
o    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in 17 goals in 20 Bundesliga outings this season (8 goals + 9 assists). Last season he had a hand in just seven from 28 league appearances.
o    Stefan Kießling has scored seven Bundesliga goals against BVB in a Leverkusen shirt (19 appearances). Only Ulf Kirsten can better his tally (8 in 22).

FC Schalke 04 – VfB Stuttgart
o    The Royal Blues have won the last three Bundesliga meetings between these sides, and have never won four consecutive top-flight games against Stuttgart. VfB’s last win in this fixture dates back to April 2014 (3-1).
o    Kramny’s men have won their last five Bundesliga matches – their best run of consecutive victories since early 2010 (6, under Christian Gross). The club record currently stands at eight (set during their 2006/07 title-winning campaign).
o    Schalke’s current points tally after 21 games (33) is lower than the one they had at this point of the previous two seasons. In 2014/15 they had 34 (under Roberto Di Matteo) and in 2013/14 the total stood at 40 (under Jens Keller).
o    VfB have 27 points from 21 Bundesliga games this term – their best tally at this stage of a campaign since 2009/10 (28). They ended that campaign in sixth place, consequently qualifying for the Europa League.
o    Stuttgart have claimed more points (12) and scored more goals (11) than any other Bundesliga side in 2016. A positive result this weekend would see them set a new club record – they’ve never taken more than 12 points from their opening five top-flight games of a calendar year.
o    S04’s last win on a Sunday came in the reverse fixture (1-0). Since they have yet to win any of their six corresponding Sunday games (D1, L5).
o    Breitenreiter’s team have scored a league-high nine goals on the break, but VfB are hot on their heels with seven (same as Frankfurt and Dortmund). Conversely, Stuttgart have also conceded eight goals in that manner in 2015/16 – a league high (together with Wolfsburg).
o    S04’s last 10 Bundesliga goals have been scored by 10 different players (Di Santo, Kolasinac, Choupo-Moting, Matip, Meyer, Sane, Huntelaar, Geis, Schöpf and Belhanda).
o    Filip Kostic has been directly involved in six goals in eight league appearances under Jürgen Kramny (3 goals + 3 assists). He didn’t have a hand in any during Zorniger’s tenure.
o    Jürgen Kramny’s points-per-game average of 2.1 means he is VfB’s best ever manager in the Bundesliga (min. 2 games in charge). They have claimed 17 points from eight league matches since he took over – seven more than they managed from 13 under Zorniger (10).

Hannover 96 – FC Augsburg
o    Hannover have faced Augsburg nine times in the Bundesliga and have an excellent record against the Swabians (W5, D3 L1 – 2-0 in the reverse fixture). They are unbeaten at home against FCA, winning each of the last three meetings.
o    The Lower Saxony side average 2.0 points per game against Weinzierl’s men. This is their best record against any current Bundesliga side they’ve met on more than one occasion (100% record against FCI, but only one meeting to date).
o    Hannover (0 points) and Augsburg (2) are yet to win in 2016 (neither have Hoffenheim and Hertha). Thomas Schaaf’s men have lost their last seven Bundesliga games, their longest run of consecutive defeats since 2009/10 (9, MD16-24).
o    96’s tally of 14 points from 21 games is a club record low. All but one of the 19 teams who have had a maximum of 14 points after 21 games have been relegated (Eintracht Frankfurt in 1983/84 are the exception).
o    FCA have claimed two points so far in 2016 (negative club record – the previous low was 3, 2011/12). They are on a run of two consecutive defeats for the fourth time this term but haven’t lost three on the spin since October 2013.
o    The Reds have taken just six points from their 10 home games this term - a new club record low. They’ve lost their last three in front of their own fans, which is their longest run of consecutive home defeats for six years (5 on that occasion).
o    Only Ingolstadt (14) have scored fewer Bundesliga goals than Hannover this season (19, same as Hoffenheim). They’ve scored just once in 2016 – a league low.
o    Piotr Trochowski is on the cusp of his 200th Bundesliga appearance. His debut in the division also took place in Hannover, albeit in a Bayern shirt (2-2 in April 2003).
o    Thomas Schaaf has yet to come out on top against Markus Weinzierl’s FCA in the Bundesliga. The only point his teams have claimed in that timeframe came in February 2015 (2-2, Schaaf was managing Eintracht at the time).


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