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Lewis Constable 12th Mar 2015 - 16:37

Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 25 - March 13-15

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - VfB Stuttgart
Against no other side have Leverkusen won as many Bundesliga games as they have against VfB (30), while Gladbach (121) are the only team Bayer 04 have scored more top-flight goals against than they have against Stuttgart (118).

Leverkusen haven't lost any of their last nine Bundesliga meetings with VfB (W6, D3) - against no other current Bundesliga side are Bayer 04 on as long an unbeaten run at present.

Bayer 04 have scored in each of their last 14 Bundesliga matches against Stuttgart, averaging 2.4 goals per game in that timeframe. The last time VfB kept a clean sheet against Leverkusen was over seven and a half years ago (1-0 home win).

VfB are having the worst season in their Bundesliga history. They're also the worst side in the second half of the campaign and have now been last on five straight matchdays for the first time.

Stuttgart are without a win in eight Bundesliga games (D4, L4) - only Hannover have been waiting as long to celebrate a victory. The last time VfB went on a longer winless streak was a year ago (10 games between December 2013 and March 2014).

Leverkusen have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four competitive games, something that last happened in October 2008. The only time they have put together a longer run of clean sheets since being promoted to the second tier in 1975 was in early 1984 (5 games).

Bayer 04 have recorded back-to-back Bundesliga clean sheets for the third time this season - they've never kept three in a row in the top flight under Roger Schmidt.

Only Bayern (16) have kept more Bundesliga clean sheets than Leverkusen this season (10).

Heung-Min Son is Leverkusen's top scorer in both the Bundesliga (10 goals) and in all competitions (16). He has scored five of Bayer 04's last 10 league goals.

Stuttgart's sporting director Robin Dutt was Leverkusen manager for 37 competitive games between July 2011 and March 2012 (W14, D8, L15). He hasn't won a single Bundesliga match as a coach (9 games) or a sporting director (7 games) in 2014/15.

Bernd Leno was at Stuttgart from 2003 to 2011, before moving to Bayer 04. Dario Kresic played for VfB from 2001 to the end of 2002, while David Yelldell was born in Stuttgart.

Roberto Hilbert's first 120 Bundesliga appearances came for VfB and he was crowned a German Champion there in 2007. Daniel Schwaab played 96 league games for Leverkusen between 2009 and 2013 and the suspended Karim Haggui wore Bayer 04 colours 59 times in the top flight from 2006 to 2009.


FC Augsburg - 1.FSV Mainz 05

FC Augsburg's first ever Bundesliga win came in Mainz on 15th October 2011. After going eight games without securing victory, Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker's goal was enough for a 1-0 win against FSV on matchday 9.

Mainz have won just one of their eight competitive games in Augsburg (D3, L4) - a 2-0 victory in the second division in late September 2008.

Augsburg's 1-0 win over Wolfsburg brought an end to a four-game winless run for FCA (D2, L2). They have now been in a European spot in the table on each of the last 13 matchdays (currently 6th).

FCA have lost just one of their last 11 home games in the Bundesliga - a 4-0 defeat to Bayern on matchday 15. Augsburg have collected an impressive 26 of a possible 30 points from the other 10 games (W8, D2).

No other side in the league has been waiting as long for an away win as Mainz. The 05ers have recorded five draws and five defeats from 10 games on the road since a 3-1 victory in Berlin on matchday 3. FSV last waited longer for an away win in 2011/12 (12 games).

Mainz have gone 1-0 down in five of their last six games, but have still managed to pick up five points from those matches (most recently in the 2-2 draw with Gladbach). Interestingly, the only game FSV opened the scoring in during that timeframe ended in defeat (4-2 to Dortmund).

The match in Augsburg will be Mainz's 297th in the Bundesliga and they could record their 100th top-flight win. The club's 110th anniversary rolls around two days after the game.

Shinji Okazaki's strike to secure a 2-2 draw in Mainz's home game against Gladbach ended his longest ever goal drought in FSV colours. The Japanese striker's previous goal came on matchday 14 in Hamburg, 757 minutes earlier.

Six of Augsburg's last seven goals have come from set pieces. Their tally of 14 goals from dead balls is the fourth highest in the league and already seven more than they managed last season.

Mainz's Ja-Cheol Koo made 36 league appearances for FCA between January 2012 and summer 2013 (8 goals, 3 assists).

SV Werder Bremen - FC Bayern München
Bremen have been beaten in each of their last eight Bundesliga meetings with Bayern, their longest ever losing streak against a top-flight side. SVW's last victory over FCB came six and a half years ago (5-2 away from home in September 2008).

Werder are on the brink of their 500th Bundesliga home win (860 home games: W499, D206, L155). Bremen would be just the second Bundesliga side to reach that milestone after FC Bayern.

No other Bundesliga side has picked up more points than Bayern and Bremen in this calendar year (16, the same as Wolfsburg).

The Munich side have attempted the most (17,989) and played the most precise passes (87.4% success rate) in the Bundesliga, while Werder have the worst pass accuracy (67.4%).

Bayern (16) and Bremen (18) have scored the most goals from dead balls this season. No other Bundesliga side can match their tally of four goals scored directly from free kicks each.

Franco Di Santo, Werder's top scorer with 12 goals, and Xabi Alonso, whose third competitive goal for Bayern also came directly from a free kick during the win over Hannover, will both serve a yellow-card suspension.

Bremen assistant manager Torsten Frings spent the 2004/05 season at Bayern. He made 29 Bundesliga appearances in FCB's double-winning campaign, scoring three goals and assisting four.

Claudio Pizarro spent six years at Bremen (1999-2001, 2008-12), scoring an impressive 89 goals in 159 Bundesliga games in that timeframe - that's two more than he has netted in 219 matches for Bayern.

After netting in five consecutive Bundesliga games, Arjen Robben failed to get on the scoresheet against Hannover, but he still did something historic: never before in the Bundesliga's 52-year history has a player celebrated their 100th top-flight win as early as him (in his 126th game).

Juan Bernat picked up his first yellow card in the Bundesliga during the match against Hannover (his 23rd Bundesliga appearance). It's hardly a surprise considering he has only committed nine fouls all season.


TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Hamburger SV
HSV and TSG have met 13 times in the Bundesliga before. Both sides have recorded five wins each (three draws).

Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last three matches against HSV, following back-to-back victories with a 1-1 draw earlier this season. Neither side has ever gone four straight games without losing in this fixture.

Hamburg have failed to score in 13 games already this season (league high) - only three sides in Bundesliga history have ever had higher tallies after 24 games, most recently Fürth in 2012/13 (14 times). The only time HSV have failed to score in 14 games during a season was in 1991/92, although the campaign consisted of 38 matchdays back then!

Only Hannover and Stuttgart (both 8 games) are currently on longer winless runs than HSV (4). HSV have only waited longer for a victory this season in the opening six matchdays.

TSG have won each of their last two home games. The last time they won three straight matches on home soil was in February/March 2014.

With nine points and a -15 goal difference, Hamburg are the worst away team in the league. Their last two games on the road have ended in defeat (8-0 in Munich, 2-1 in Frankfurt).

Only Frankfurt (15) and Paderborn (20) have let in more goals in the second half of the season than Hamburg (14) and TSG (13).

Hoffenheim have scored the most goals from counter attacks this season (9), while Hamburg have conceded the most (7, the same as Stuttgart).

Hamburg haven't won an away game against a side in the top half of the table in almost two years (2-1 victory in Mainz in mid-April 2013).

Kevin Volland has scored in each of his last four competitive appearances, something he had only previously done in Hoffenheim colours in August/September 2013. A five-game scoring run would be a first for Volland at TSG.

Heiko Westermann is set for his 150th Bundesliga game in HSV colours. He has scored nine goals in 149 appearances so far. TSG's Ermin Bicakcic is on the verge of his 50th Bundesliga game (1 for Stuttgart, 31 for Braunschweig, 17 for Hoffenheim).


Hertha BSC - FC Schalke 04
Schalke have won each of their last seven meetings with Hertha and are unbeaten in 12 games against them since a 2-0 loss in Berlin during September 2006 (W11, D1).

Hertha have never suffered more than seven consecutive defeats against a particular Bundesliga side before - however, Berlin have also lost each of their last seven matches against FC Bayern.

The capital club have scored just two goals in their last 12 games against the Royal Blues, failing to find the back of the net in 10 of those fixtures.

S04 have lost five of their last eight Bundesliga away matches (W2, D1). They have picked up just one point from three games on the road since a 2-1 victory in Paderborn on matchday 16. The Royal Blues have also been waiting 198 minutes for a top-flight goal on their travels.

Hertha BSC have scored just four goals in their last eight Bundesliga games. They have failed to find the net in five of those eight matches.

Thomas Kraft was subbed off against Stuttgart with a concussion. Back-up goalkeeper Sascha Burchert came on to get his first Bundesliga appearance in almost three years.

Salomon Kalou won the Champions League and FA Cup with Chelsea in 2012 under current Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Peter Niemeyer and Per Skjelbred are back on board for Hertha following their yellow-card suspensions, but Nico Schulz is missing after being sent off on the last matchday.

Max Meyer bagged his first ever Bundesliga brace in the 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on the last matchday. S04 haven't lost any of the last five top-flight games in which the 19-year-old has started (W3, D2).

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hasn't had a hand in a Bundesliga goal since late November. He is currently on a seven-game or 648-minute goal drought, the longest since his debut Bundesliga campaign (12 games between November 2010 and May 2011).

Without Berlin-born and former Hertha player Kevin-Prince Boateng in the side, Schalke have averaged more points per game (1.8 vs. 1.4), scored more goals (1.8 vs. 1.2) and conceded fewer goals (0.8 vs. 1.5) compared to when he features for the Royal Blues.

Eintracht Frankfurt - SC Paderborn

Eintracht Frankfurt haven't won any of their last three competitive games against SC Paderborn (D1, L2).

Paderborn have lost each of their last four matches against sides from the top half of the table. Frankfurt have lost three of their last four games against teams from the bottom half of the standings, winning the other 2-1 against Hamburg on matchday 23.

Frankfurt have allowed the most shots on target (142). Eintracht have also conceded the most goals in the division (49, a league high together with Bremen), with 30 coming in the second half of matches alone and 15 in the final quarter of an hour (both league highs).

78% of SCP's goals have come in the second half - proportionally speaking, a league high.

Paderborn have won just one of their last 14 Bundesliga games (D5, L8) - a 2-1 victory in Hannover. They are bottom of a table representing the last 14 matchdays with just eight points. SCP are currently on a three-match losing streak for the first time in their Bundesliga history.

The Eagles are unbeaten in their last six matches on home soil, picking up an impressive 14 points in that timeframe (W4, D2) and scoring 15 goals (2.5 per game).

Only Bayern (19.4%) have a better chance-conversion rate than Frankfurt (18.4%).

After netting goals 17 and 18 for the season, Alex Meier tops the Bundesliga goalscoring charts and has set new personal best in the top flight. His previous record was 16 goals in the 2012/13 campaign.

Srdjan Lakic played at Frankfurt from January 2013 to January 2014. During that spell on loan from VfL Wolfsburg, the attacker made 22 league appearances for Eintracht, scoring four goals.

Florian Hartherz was a youth player at Eintracht from 2005 to 2009, before swapping Frankfurt's U17s for Wolfsburg's U17s.

Marvin Bakalorz played in three Bundesliga games and one Europa League match (always as a sub) for Eintracht last season. After a loan spell at SCP in the second half of 2013/14, Bakalorz joined Paderborn permanently in the summer.

Borussia Dortmund - 1.FC Köln
1. FC Köln's 2-1 win earlier in the season (goals: Vogt, Zoller - Immobile) ended an 11-game run without picking up all three points against Borussia Dortmund (D1, L10).

The Billy Goats' last win in Dortmund was around 24 years ago - a 2-1 success in April 1991 (goals: Maurice Banach x2 - Michael Rummenigge).

Köln have suffered 14 defeats in their last 15 away games against BVB, with a 3-3 draw in May 2001 providing their only point in that timeframe.

Klopp's side have picked up an impressive 13 points from their last five games (W4, D1) - they are just four points adrift of seventh place, which could yet be enough for Europa League football.

The Rhineland club's 4-2 home victory over Frankfurt on the last matchday ended a five-game winless run (D3, L2). It was Köln's 600th win in their 1,482nd Bundesliga match (D368, L514).

BVB haven't won any of their last five Saturday evening games (D2, L3) - their last victory in the late Saturday kick-off was in April 2014 away to FC Bayern (3-0).

Dortmund's meeting with Köln will be their 1,619th game in the Bundesliga and they could record the 700th win in their top-flight history (so far: W699, D419, L500).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (5) and Marco Reus (4) have scored nine of BVB's last 13 Bundesliga goals. They have had a hand in 20 of the Dortmund's 31 top-flight goals this season between them (65%).

Anthony Ujah has scored in three successive Bundesliga games for the first time - the Nigerian has netted 36% of Köln's top-flight goals this season (9 of 25).

Marcel Risse is set for this 100th Bundesliga appearance (so far: 20 games for Köln, 56 for Mainz, 20 for Nürnberg and 3 for Leverkusen).

Harald Schumacher, Köln's vice president since 2012, was at BVB between 1994 and 1998 as a goalkeeping and assistant coach - he was even brought on as a substitute on the final matchday in Dortmund's 1995/96 title-winning season.

VfL Wolfsburg - Sport-Club Freiburg


The Wolves have picked up 10 points from their last four meetings with Freiburg, netting three goals per game on average in that timeframe. However, VfL's last home win against SCF was over three years ago (3-2 in February 2012).

Wolfsburg have won just four of their 11 Bundesliga home games against Freiburg (D4, L3). On top of that, VfL have kept only one clean sheet against SCF on home soil, in a 4-0 win on 17th April 2004, almost 11 years ago.

The two teams will meet again in Wolfsburg in around three and a half weeks' time, but in the quarterfinals of the DFB Cup.

VfL's 11-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga came to an end in Augsburg on matchday 24 (1-0 loss). The last time Wolfsburg suffered back-to-back defeats in the top flight was almost exactly one year ago (on matchdays 23 and 24 last season).

The Wolves are unbeaten in their last 17 Bundesliga home games (W13, D4), the longest run of its kind in the league. Their last loss on home soil was a 6-1 thumping by Bayern in March 2014. Their club record is 20 straight Bundesliga home matches without defeat (May 2008 - August 2009).

Wolfsburg have won seven of their last eight Sunday games (1 draw) and have suffered just one defeat in their last 18 matches on a Sunday (W12, D5) - a 6-2 loss in Hoffenheim on 2nd March 2014.

SCF are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga games on a Sunday (W3, D2) - all three of Freiburg's Sunday wins in that timeframe have even come away from home.

Freiburg have lost their last two games 1-0 and haven't scored a goal in 245 minutes of Bundesliga football. Only Paderborn (6) have failed to find the net in more matches during 2015 than SCF (4, the same as Hertha and Stuttgart).

Six different striking partnerships have started in SCF's eight competitive games in 2015 - Maximilian Philipp and Jonathan Schmid were paired up front for the first time recently against Bremen.

Sascha Riether was at Wolfsburg from 2007 to 2011 (116 Bundesliga games, 6 goals) and won the Bundesliga title there in 2009. Daniel Caligiuri made 100 competitive appearances for SCF between 2005 and 2013 and decided the meeting earlier this season with a brace (2-1 VfL win).


Borussia Mönchengladbach - Hannover 96

This will be the 50th Bundesliga meeting between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hannover 96. The Foals have won more than half (27) of the encounters so far, including four of the last five (1 defeat).

Hannover beat Gladbach in the 1992 DFB Cup final (4-3 on penalties) to become the only second-division side to have lifted the trophy to date.

Gladbach have won each of their last five home games and haven't conceded in 309 minutes at Borussia-Park.

96, on the other hand, are without a win in eight league games (D4, L4), their longest drought in over three years (October 2011 to January 2012, also 8 matches).

Hannover were just one point adrift of the European places (6th) following their last win on matchday 16. They are now 11 points off the pace, with only four points separating them from the relegation play-off spot of 16th.

The game against Hannover is Gladbach's 38th competitive match of the season - the most among Bundesliga sides. The Lower Saxony club will play just their 27th game.

96 have taken the lead in four games since the winter break, but haven't won any of them (D2, L2). Only Stuttgart have collected as few points as Hannover in the second half of the season (3 each).

Gladbach have let in just four goals in their seven games during 2015 - a league low. Three of those four goals have come from the 73rd minute onwards.

Max Kruse scored his first Bundesliga goal in Gladbach colours in a meeting with Hannover (in August 2013). He has netted four goals against 96 in total, more than against any other Bundesliga club.

With 76.4% of his challenges won, Martin Stranzl is the best tackler in the league, followed by Hannover's Salif Sane (70.4%).

Hannover will continue to be without the suspended Lars Stindl in Mönchengladbach. Leonardo Bittencourt is also missing after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

 

 
 
 

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