Match facts: Advantage Schalke


Hamburger SV v 1. FSV Mainz 05

HSV have lost their last two league meetings with Mainz and have only won one of their last seven against Thomas Tuchel’s men (D4, L2).

Hamburg will end the season with fewer points won at home than ever before in the Bundesliga. Their previous nadir was 21 points, the maximum they can register this term is 18.

The Redshorts would secure their top-flight status if they beat Mainz.

Mainz have dropped a league-high 28 points from winning positions this term. Last season FSV were unbeaten in games in which they held the lead and dropped only two points from winning positions.

Mainz have kept back-to-back clean sheets; a feat they last achieved one year ago. FSV have never kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Bundesliga, though.

Mainz have won only one of their last 15 BL games on the road (D8, L6).

Hamburg have conceded a league-high 26 goals from set-pieces.

Only once in their long BL history have Hamburg had as few points after 32 games of a BL season as they have this term. In 1991/92, they had accrued the same number of points, but had a better goal difference than they have this campaign (-21).

Hamburg-born Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting has netted 10 times in 32 BL appearances for Mainz. The striker plied his trade with Hamburg between 2004 and 2011, but only scored two goals in 23 league appearances for the Redshorts.

HSV forward Jose Paolo Guerrero will be eligible again in the game against Mainz after his eight-match ban ended this Monday.

FC Bayern Munich v VfB Stuttgart

In their 44 BL home games against Stuttgart, Bayern have scored 99 and conceded 49 goals.

FCB have only lost one of their last 11 matches against the Swabians in all competitions (W8, D2) and have won their last five against VfB.

The Munich-based side have lost none of their last 13 competitive matches at Allianz Arena (W12, D1), a feat they last achieved four years ago when they went unbeaten for 18 games on home soil.

The Swabians are without defeat in 10 BL games (W7, D3).

This match will see the team with joint-best defensive record in 2012 (Bayern, 11 goals conceded) take on the side with the most goals scored since the turn of the year (Stuttgart, 37).

Only champions-elect Dortmund (41) have picked up more points since the turn of the year than Bayern (30) and Stuttgart (28).

Bayern have netted a joint league-high 71 and shipped a league-low 21 goals, while Stuttgart have conceded exactly twice as many goals as the record champions (42).

Gomez, Lahm and Badstuber have all had stints with Stuttgart in the past, while Celozzi and Niedermeier came through the Bayern youth ranks.

Mario Gomez has netted 63 goals in 92 BL appearances for Bayern. He scored the exact same number of goals during his time at Stuttgart, but needed 121 BL games to get there.

Martin Harnik has scored the most goals in the Bundesliga in 2012 (11), while his teammate Vedad Ibisevic had a hand in more goals than any other BL player since the turn of the year (14, eight goals, six assists).

SC Freiburg v 1. FC Cologne

Freiburg have lost none of their last five BL home games against Köln (W2, D3) and have kept clean sheets in four of these five matches.

Köln have won the last two meetings with SCF, though (1-0 H, 4-0 H), with FC striker Lukas Podolski netting three goals in the process.

Thanks to their great record since the turn of the year - 24 points from 15 games, only four teams have won more points during this period – Freiburg have already secured their top-flight status with two games remaining. After the first half of the season they had only accrued 13 points and were bottom of the league.

Since the turn of the year Freiburg (24) have registered the same number of points as the current bottom-three combined (Hertha (8), Lautern (7), Köln (9)).

Freiburg are unbeaten in nine league games (W5, D4). If SCF get something from their game against Köln, they would equal their club record for the most top-flight games without defeat in a row set in 2000/01.

Köln are without a full three-point haul in seven BL games (D2, L5), the last time they went longer without a win was between September 2005 and February 2006 (18 games).

Since the turn of the year Köln have only enjoyed two wins, both of which came against the only two sides that are currently behind the Billygoats in the BL table (Hertha and Lautern).

Freiburg have lost none of their seven BL home games since Christian Streich took charge of the team (W3, D4), only once have SCF gone longer without a home defeat in the Bundesliga (1994/95, nine games).

Christian Streich’s men have only conceded five goals in their last nine league games – fewer than any other side during that period. Only Bayern and Dortmund have posted as many clean sheets as Freiburg since the turn of the year (seven).

SCF striker Sebastian Freis joined Freiburg from Köln during the winter break. So far he is the only Freiburg striker who managed get his name on the score sheet in 2012 (two goals).

1899 Hoffenheim v 1. FC Nuremberg

Nürnberg have won none of their previous five BL encounters with Hoffenheim (D2, L3).

On average, Nürnberg have only won 0.4 points per game agaimst Hoffenheim in the top flight, their worst points-per-game average against any team in the Bundesliga.

With two games to go Hoffenheim are four points behind the Europa-League places and will probably miss out on international football next season.

The 1-1 draw against Hamburg last weekend was enough for Nürnberg to rid themselves of all relegations fears. With a win at Hoffenheim they could even leapfrog 1899 in the BL table.

Markus Babbel’s side have only enjoyed one win in their last 11 BL games on home soil (D8, L2) when they beat Hamburg 4-0.

FCN are unbeaten in four games (W2, D2), the last time Nürnberg went that long without defeat was between February and March.

Hoffenheim have failed to find the back of the opponents‘ net in their last two league games. If they fail to score against Nürnberg they would equal the negative club record for the most consecutive games without scoring.

Only Nürnberg have won fewer points from losing positions (three) than Hoffenheim (four).

In-form FCN midfielder Daniel Didavi had a hand in nine of Nürnberg’s last 11 league goals (seven goals, two assists).

Former Liverpool player Ryan Babel hasn’t scored since Hoffenheim’s 3-1 over Wolfsburg in September and is now without a goal in 1883 minutes in the Bundesliga.

1. FC Kaiserslautern v Borussia Dortmund

Thanks to their 2-0 win over Gladbach last weekend Dortmund have ensured that they will be crowned champions for the eighth time in the club’s history and have now over taken their arch-rivals Schalke in that respect (seven titles). Only Bayern (22) and Nürnberg (9) have won the league more often than Dortmund.

Despite their 2-1 win at Berlin – their first full three-point haul after 21 winless games – Kaiserslautern are now sure to be relegated from the Bundesliga for the third time come the end of the season.

Borussia have lost none of their last six league encounters with Lautern (W3, D3) with the last two meetings ending in 1-1 draws.

With two games two go, Dortmund have now accrued 75 points, the only team that has ever won as many points at that point of a BL season as Dortmund have this term were Bayern back in 1972/73 (adjusted to the three-points rule). If Borussia win their last two games they would become the first team to break the 80-points mark in a single BL season.

BVB are unbeaten in 26 league games (W21, D5), the longest run ever managed by any team inside a single BL season.

With a win at Lautern Dortmund would also register the best-ever away record posted by a team in a single BL season. If Jürgen Klopp’s men beat the Red Devils they would have picked up 37 points away from home, the same number Bremen won in 2003/04, but would boast a superior goal difference compared to Werder eight years ago.

FCK have gone 11 home games without a win (D4, L7), currently the longest run of its kind in the Bundesliga and the longest run in the club’s top-flight history.

With a win at Betzenberg, Dortmund could with one game to go equal the BL record for the best second half of the season set by Bayern in 1971/72 (44 points, adjusted to the three-points rule).

After 32 games Lautern have only netted 21 goals, only one team in BL history had scored fewer goals at that point of the season – Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66.

BVB goal-keeper Roman Weidenfeller began his BL career with Kaiserslautern where he was under contract between 1996 and 2002 (six BL appearances).

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Hannover 96

Leverkusen are unbeaten in five BL games against Hannover and have only lost one of their last nine league encounters with the Reds (W5, D3).

Bayer have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine BL duels with Hannover.

The last time Hannover scored a goal in Leverkusen was back in February 2007, since then the Reds have gone 443 minutes without finding the back of the net at BayArena.

Bayer need one more point from their remaining two games to qualify for next season’s Europa League, while Hannover need four points to be guaranteed European football next term.

Leverkusen have lost none of their four games under their new managerial duo Sascha Lewandowski/Sami Hyypiä (W2, D2).

Hannover have lost their last five BL away games on the spin, scoring two and conceding 12 goals in the process.

With 11 points won on the road Hannover are second-to-bottom in the BL away table with only relegation battlers Köln behind them on goal difference.

Eight of Bayer’s last 10 league goals came after the half-time break.

Bayer winger Andre Schürrle has netted three goals in his last four appearances. The 21-year-old has netted in two consecutive BL games for the first time since the last two days of last season.

Stefan Kießling has scored in six of Bayer’s last seven fixtures at BayArena and netted nine of his 12 goals (75%) this term on home soil.

Borussia Moenchengladbach v FC Augsburg

Augsburg only need one win from their remaining two games to ensure that they retain their top-flight status.

Gladbach need one more point to make sure that they finish in the top four. The last time the Foals played in Europe was 16 years ago when they managed to beat Arsenal in the First Round of the UEFA Cup.

Borussia have only lost one of their last 19 BL home games (W12, D6).

The Foals have only conceded 11 goals in those 19 league games at Borussia Park, equalling an average of only 0.58 goals conceded per game.

Augsburg have only lost two of their last 10 BL games (W4, D4).

FCA have already won four points more in 2012 (19) than in the entire first half of the season (15).

Gladbach are set to play their 750th home game in the top flight (W395, D209, L145).

Current FCA gaffer Jos Luhukay has led both clubs to promotion to the Bundesliga (Augsburg 2010/11, Gladbach 2007/08).

Both sides have met three times in all competitions with Jos Luhukay being the manager of the winning side on all three occasions.

Both sides will miss one player due to a yellow-card suspension. Gladbach will have to make do without Martins Stranzl, while Augsburg will be without Hajime Hosogai.

FC Schalke 04 v Hertha BSC

Schalke have won seven of their last eight league meetings with Hertha (D1) and have kept clean sheets in their last five BL games against the Berlin-based side at Veltins-Arena.

Hertha’s last win over the Miners came in September 2006 (2-0 H). Their last victory at Schalke dates back to November 2004 (3-1).

Schalke have gone three games without a win for the first time this season (D1, L2).

Hertha have lost none of their last three BL games on the road (W1, D2), but have only enjoyed two wins in their last 21 league away games (D6, L13).

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (25 goals) currently holds the joint lead in the BL scorer charts together with Bayern’s Mario Gomez and could become the first player of the Gelsenkirchen-based side to win the BL top-scorer canon since Ebbe Sand in 2000/01.

Hertha manager Otto Rehhagel has taken 19 out of the possible 21 points from his last seven league games against Schalke and has won five of his six BL meetings with his counterpart Huub Stevens (D1).

Schalke gaffer Stevens managed Hertha between summer 2002 and December 2003. His last game in charge of the Old Lady was a 3-1 defeat against his current club Schalke.

Hertha striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga came through Schalke’s youth ranks (1999-2006).

The Berlin-based side will miss left-back Levan Kobiashvili and holding midfielder Peter Niemeyer due to suspension.

Hertha have conceded a league-high eight red cards this term.

VfL Wolfsburg v SV Werder Bremen

The Wolves have netted 43 goals in their so far 29 BL games against Werder, only against Hamburg have VfL scored more goals in the top flight (50).

Only against Bayern (63) and Dortmund (58) have Wolfsburg conceded more goals in the German top flight than against Werder (57), though

Werder have lost only one of their last eight BL outings at Wolfsburg (W4, D3).

The Wolves have already shipped 27 goals against Werder at home in the Bundesliga, more than they allowed any other side on home soil in the top flight.

The Wolves have also suffered their heaviest-ever BL home defeat against Werder when they were on the wrong end of a 7-2 thrashing in September 1999.

Wolfsburg have gone four games without a win for the first time this season (D1, L3).

Werder have won none of their last seven league games (D3, L4). The last time Bremen had to wait longer for a full three-point haul was back in 1995/96 (12 games).

Only Schalke (16) have netted more headed goals than Wolfsburg (12) this term, while Werder have conceded a joint league-high 13 goals from headers.

Patrick Helmes is the player with the best goals-per-game average in the Bundesliga in 2012 (0.88), beating the averages of the two top scorers since the turn of the year, Martin Harnik (0.73) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (0.71), by more than one tenth.

Claudio Pizarro has netted 12 goals against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, more than any other player netted against the Wolves in the German top flight.

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