VfB Stuttgart – Hertha BSC
This will be the 60th top-flight meeting between VfB Stuttgart and Hertha BSC. The last two games both ended in Berlin wins (2-1 away, 3-2 at home).
The capital club have won 18 of their 23 Bundesliga games against VfB in which they have opened the scoring (five draws).
This is the first time in their history that Stuttgart have been 18th for four straight matchdays. This fixture sees the worst home side in the league (VfB, five points) host the worst away team in the division (Hertha, eight points).
Apart from Hannover, VfB are the only side yet to win in the second half of the season. With just two points from six games, Stuttgart would sit bottom in a table from only matches since the winter break.
With just 19 points after 23 games, Stuttgart are having their worst Bundesliga season since 74/75. Back then they had as few points at this stage of their 1974/75 relegation campaign (converted to the 3-points-per-win system), but their goal difference was worse (-22).
Apart from Dortmund, Hertha were the only team in the bottom half to win on matchday 23. However, Berlin haven’t recorded back-to-back victories since December 2013.
VfB haven’t won any of their last eight home games (D2 L6), equalling their club record from 1966/67. With only five points and six goals on the board, it’s Stuttgart’s worst ever home record at this stage of the season.
Stuttgart (47.5% of challenges won) and Hertha (47.2%) are the two worst tackling teams in the league.
Vedad Ibisevic hasn’t scored in 1,212 minutes of BL football – his last goal came in a 2-1 loss to Bayern over a year ago.
Martin Harnik is missing for VfB following his red card in Hannover. Hertha’s Peter Niemeyer and Per Skjelbred are out after each picking up their fifth yellow card of the season.
Huub Stevens managed Hertha between July 2002 and December 2003 – one of his former players is the current Berlin coach Pal Dardai.
FC Schalke 04 – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
TSG lead the head-to-head record in this fixture 6-4 after 14 competitive meetings between the sides (4 draws). Hoffenheim have already won three times in Gelsenkirchen, while the Royal Blues have come out on top at home on four occasions.
Hoffenheim won 2-1 at home in the meeting earlier this season. Three days later, Schalke parted ways with manager Jens Keller and Roberto Di Matteo took the helm.
1899 Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga games (W2 D1), a run they last managed in October. Schalke, on the other hand, are without a win in three league matches for the first time under Di Matteo (D1 L2).
Schalke are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga home games (W2 D2) and have lost only one of their 12 home matches this season (W7 D4). S04 have picked up 25 of their 35 points on home soil – proportionally speaking (71%), a league high.
TSG have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga away games (5-0 in Berlin), while five of them have ended in defeat (3 draws). Hoffenheim have failed to score in four of those nine matches, only finding the net more than once during their 5-0 thumping of Berlin.
The Royal Blues haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last seven Bundesliga games – they have netted a total of four goals in that timeframe. The last time they had such a bad goalscoring run was between January and March 2011 under Felix Magath.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored seven goals in his seven Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim. The “Hunter” has only scored more top-flight goals against Hamburger SV (10).
Kevin Volland has scored once in each of Hoffenheim’s last two Bundesliga games and has had a hand in three of TSG’s last four goals (two goals + one assist).
Hoffenheim manager Markus Gisdol was assistant coach at Schalke from March 2011 to December 2012, while striker Adam Szalai made 28 Bundesliga appearances for S04 in 2013/14 (7 goals).
Chinedu Obasi was promoted to the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim in 2007/08 and moved to Schalke in the 2011/12 winter break following 65 Bundesliga games for TSG (13 goals). Sead Kolasinac was a youth player at Hoffenheim in 2009/10.
FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg
Augsburg won their first two Bundesliga games against Wolfsburg, but are without a victory in their five meetings since then (D3 L2).
FCA secured their first ever Bundesliga home win on 26th November 2011 against Wolfsburg: That 2-0 success saw Maximilian Arnold make his top-flight debut and he remains the youngest player to have featured for the Wolves in the Bundesliga (17 years, 5 months, 30 days).
VfL haven’t lost any of their last 11 Bundesliga games (W8 D3), their longest unbeaten run since the second half of their 2008/09 title-winning season – Wolfsburg have never gone longer without suffering a defeat. Their tally of 50 points after 23 games is also a new club record.
Augsburg are without a win in four Bundesliga games for the first time in almost a year (D2 L2). Their last victory came on matchday 19, when they beat Dortmund 1-0.
After being eight points clear of the teams outside the European spots after matchday 20, Augsburg are now just two points ahead.
With 16 points to their name, VfL are the best team in 2015 – they are the only Bundesliga side yet to lose in the second half of the season.
Augsburg are the only team yet to concede a goal following a cross from open play. Wolfsburg have scored the most goals from crosses in the league (8).
In Marwin Hitz, Alexander Esswein, Daniel Baier and Caiuby, four Augsburg players are set to face their former club.
Bas Dost is the top scorer in 2015 with 11 goals to his name (in 6 games). He has scored eight times in his last three matches (the 9th Bundesliga player to achieve that feat) – no player has ever scored more goals in the space of three games.
Markus Weinzierl hasn’t won any of his five Bundesliga meetings with VfL Wolfsburg (D3 L2). Dieter Hecking has faced FC Augsburg in nine competitive games as a manager and hasn’t lost any of those matches (W5 D4).
The game in Bremen saw Kevin De Bruyne set up three goals in one Bundesliga match for the first time.
With 15 assists to his name, De Bruyne is top of the Bundesliga charts in that respect – he is only three assists short of equalling the league record (since detailed stats started being collected in 2004/05) held by Zvjezdan Misimovic (18 in 2008/09).
Hannover 96 – FC Bayern München
FC Bayern have won the last seven competitive meetings between the two sides, scoring 27 goals to Hannover’s three. The Lower Saxony club last triumphed in this fixture in October 2011 thanks to a 2-1 home win.
Bayern have scored more goals in their last three Bundesliga matches (18) than Hannover have in all of their home fixtures this season combined (13 in 11 games).
That tally has seen Hannover equal their record low for home goals. The only other time they have scored just 13 goals in their first 11 home games was in 2009/10.
Hannover haven’t won any of their last seven games (D4 L3) – their longest winless run under Tayfun Korkut. 96’s current position of 11th is their worst of the season.
50% of the goals that FCB have conceded have come from set pieces, a league high together with Augsburg. Hannover, on the other hand, have scored half of their goals this season from dead balls (13 of 26) – the second-highest percentage in the league after Freiburg (54.2%).
Arjen Robben has had a hand in nine goals in his last three Bundesliga games (5 goals + 4 assists). On top of that, the Dutchman has found the net in each of his last five matches (7 goals in total) – a personal record.
Robben is on the brink of his 100th Bundesliga win. It could come this weekend in what would be his 126th top-flight game – quicker than any player before him in Bundesliga history.
Tayfun Korkut and Bayern’s Xabi Alonso played together at Real Sociedad for three years (2000-03) and finished the 2002/03 campaign as runners-up behind Real Madrid.
Robert Lewandowski has netted nine times in nine Bundesliga matches against Hannover – he has only scored more top-flight goals against Freiburg (10 in 8 games).
Jerome Boateng made his Bundesliga debut on 31st January 2007 in Hertha BSC’s 5-0 away loss to Hannover.
96-captain Lars Stindl has been suspended for two games after being sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct last weekend. On average, Hannover haven’t even scored half as many goals in their 10 games without him in 2014/15 compared to when he’s in the side, but their points-per-game average is twice as good when he’s missing (1.6 vs. 0.8).
Sport-Club Freiburg – SV Werder Bremen
Werder are without a win in their last four Bundesliga games against Freiburg (D2 L2). The last Bremen victory was around two and a half years ago – a 2-1 success in Freiburg. Of the current Bundesliga sides, SCF are only on a longer unbeaten run at present against Hertha (6 games).
Against no team have SCF conceded more Bundesliga goals than they have against Bremen (75).
Freiburg have lost 6-0 to Werder twice (2004/05 and 2009/10) – Bayern are the only side to have inflicted a bigger defeat on SCF (7-0 in 2011/12).
Against no side have Freiburg lost more home games than they have against SVW (9). On top of that, SCF’s home win percentage against Werder of 60% is only as low against Hertha.
Freiburg have collected just one win and four points from their last five Bundesliga games.
SCF have won just two of their last 12 Bundesliga home matches: 2-0 against Schalke on matchday 11 and 4-1 against Frankfurt on matchday 18 (D6, L4). With 12 points to their name, Freiburg are the third-worst home team in the division.
Werder have scored in each of their last 11 Bundesliga games, netting a total of 25 goals in that timeframe (an average of 2.2 per game). They last had a run like that from October to December 2012.
However, Bremen haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 16 attempts, ever since a 2-0 win away to Nürnberg on 8th March 2014. On average, Werder have conceded 2.8 goals per away game in that timeframe.
13 of Freiburg’s 24 league goals this season have come from dead balls – proportionally speaking (54%), a league high. Werder have scored the most goals from set plays in 2014/15 (18).
Raphael Wolf has conceded a goal following an individual mistake in each of his last three Bundesliga games – he leads the way this season in that regard (5 errors leading to goals). Werder have let in the most goals following mistakes in 2014/15 (9, the same as SCF and BVB).
Viktor Skripnik first took to the Bundesliga stage on 17th August 1996, when he made his Bundesliga debut in Bremen’s 3-2 loss in Freiburg.
Hamburger SV – Borussia Dortmund
HSV have won four of their last five Bundesilga meetings with BVB (L1). Hamburg have recorded six wins in their last eight home games against Dortmund (D1 L1).
Hamburg have scored 174 Bundesliga goals against Dortmund, more than they have against any other side. Borussia also haven’t conceded as many goals against any other team. However, BVB have also scored more goals against HSV than they have against anyone else (167).
The game in Hamburg will be Borussia Dortmund’s 1,618th in the Bundesliga and they could celebrate the 700th win in their BL history (W699 D418 L500).
Dortmund are on a four-game winning streak, something they last managed in March/April 2014. The last time BVB won five games on the bounce was at the start of the 2013/14 season.
BVB have already picked up 13 points in their six games since the winter break – only two points fewer than they accrued in the entire first half of the season. Only Wolfsburg (16) have collected more points in 2015 than Dortmund (13, the same as three other teams).
Borussia have scored 13 goals in their last four games, more than in their previous 16 matches combined (12 in total).
With 16 goals to their name this season, HSV still have the worst attack in the league by far – every other team has scored at least 21 goals (Köln). It’s their lowest ever tally after 23 games.
Zoltan Stieber has started Hamburg’s last five games and has covered the most ground of all HSV players in each of those matches. He has scored three of the club’s last five goals.
Jürgen Klopp has won just one of his nine Bundesliga games in Hamburg as a manager – his BVB side triumphed 5-1 in January 2012. Otherwise, he has recorded two draws and six defeats
Josef Zinnbauer and Jürgen Klopp know each other from their time together at Mainz 05. They played alongside each other in the 1995/96 second-division campaign.
1.FSV Mainz 05 – Borussia Mönchengladbach
The head-to-head record between the two teams is in Borussia’s favour: Gladbach have won seven times, Mainz five (5 draws).
FSV haven’t taken much from their last seven meetings with the Foals, failing to record a single win (D2, L5; 4 goals scored, 14 conceded).
Mainz have only had fewer points after 23 games than they currently do (25) in 2004/05 (23) and 2005/06 (20) – they ended both of those campaigns in 11th.
Last weekend saw Borussia record a league win following European duty for the first time this season (2-0 against SC Paderborn) – they had previously recorded seven draws and two defeats.
Gladbach are four points clear of fourth place for the first time this season. They’re currently on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.
Should 1. FSV Mainz 05 beat Borussia Mönchengladbach, it would be their 100th Bundesliga win in their 296th top-flight game.
Favre’s side have won just one of their last seven Bundesliga away games (1-0 in Stuttgart on matchday 18) – they have picked up a mere two points from the other six matches.
Shinji Okazaki hasn’t scored in any of his last eight games, failing to score in his last 681 minutes of action.
Yann Sommer is the best keeper in the league (83.5% of shots saved). He kept his ninth clean sheet of the season on matchday 23, already as many as his predecessor Marc-Andre ter Stegen recorded in the last campaign.
Two Swiss managers will go head-to-head in the Bundesliga for the first time in over five years in the form of Martin Schmidt and Lucien Favre – the previous duel was between Favre (then at Hertha) and Marcel Koller (Bochum).
1.FC Köln – Eintracht Frankfurt
Köln have lost just one of their last eight Bundesliga games against Frankfurt (W3 D4). However, that defeat came in their most recent meeting earlier this season (3-2).
Frankfurt haven’t won in Cologne in over 20 years. Ever since a 3-2 victory on the final day of the 1993/94 BL season (winning goal from Tony Yeboah), Eintracht have recorded eight defeats and three draws in 11 competitive away games against Köln.
1. FC Köln have won just one of their last eight Bundesliga matches (D4 L3) and have only scored two goals in their last five games, which have produced three draws and two defeats.
The Billy Goats have picked up a mere nine points at home – only Stuttgart have accrued fewer (5). Köln have recorded three defeats and four draws on home soil since a 2-1 victory over Dortmund on matchday 8.
Köln’s tally of five home goals is a league low and new club record in the Bundesliga. Stöger’s side have failed to score in 10 of their 23 games this season, including in seven home fixtures.
Frankfurt have the third-best attack in the league (42 goals scored), but have conceded the second-most goals (45). Only Bremen’s matches have produced one goal more than Eintracht’s (87, an average of 3.8 per game).
The Eagles have dropped the most points from winning positions this season (18), while Köln have squandered the fourth most (12). They are the only two sides to have already lost four games after taking the lead.
With 16 goals to his name, Alexander Meier is second in the Bundesliga goalscoring charts and has already equalled his personal best tally from 2012/13. Only seven players have scored more goals in a Bundesliga season for Eintracht.
Anthony Ujah has scored 38% of his side’s Bundesliga goals (8 of 21), the highest percentage in the league together with Alex Meier, who has netted 16 of Frankfurt’s 42 goals.
Haris Seferovic, Frankfurt’s second top scorer (7 goals, the same as Stefan Aigner), is back after serving a yellow-card suspension.
Thomas Schaaf has only lost two of his 17 Bundesliga meetings with Köln as a manager (W11 D4). Both of those defeats came in Cologne though (with Werder Bremen).
SC Paderborn 07 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
The 2-2 draw earlier in the season was the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
Having won just one of their last 13 games, Paderborn find themselves in the relegation zone for the first time (16th place).
Leverkusen have collected 36 points from 23 games and sit fourth. There has only been one occasion when fewer points have been enough for fourth at this stage of the season (converted to the 3-points-per-win system where applicable): Stuttgart had 35 points in the 1995/96 campaign.
Paderborn have failed to score in six of their last seven games, with their 2-1 win in Hannover the only match they have scored in during that timeframe. Having found the back of the net just twice, SCP have the worst attack in the second half of the season.
Bayer 04 have won just two of their last six Bundesliga matches against promoted sides (D2 L2).
SCP have lost each of their last three Bundesliga home games. They were only beaten in one of the first eight home matches in their top-flight history (W3 D4).
The promoted side have let in the most goals since the winter break (17) and have only kept one clean sheet in 2015 (0-0 draw away to Köln).
Paderborn are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches at home on a Sunday (W8 D6). Their last defeat came against Duisburg in the second division in early December 2012 (2-0).
Leverkusen have won just two of their last 10 Sunday matches in the Bundesliga (D2, L6). Their record so far in 2014/15 is one draw and two defeats.
Roger Schmidt played in the Regionalliga for TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus from 1990 to 1995 and for SC Paderborn in 2002/03. He managed SCP in the 2011/12 season and led them to an fifth-place finish in the second tier.
Stefan Kießling has scored just four Bundesliga goals in 2014/15 – he has never had fewer goals to his name at this stage of the season during his time at Leverkusen. He had also found the net just four times after 23 games in his worst Bundesliga campaign for Bayer 04 (7 goals in 2010/11).