Match facts: Schalke look to close gap

Bundesliga facts: week 26


Kaiserslautern v Schalke 04

Lautern have won their last three league encounters with Schalke, conceding only one goal in the process. Schalke’s last win over FCK came over six years ago when they beat the Red Devils 2-0 on the road in January 2006.

FCK beat Schalke 5-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, it was the Red Devils‘ biggest win over the Royal Blues in the Bundesliga.

Lautern have gone 15 league games without a win (D9, L6). If Lautern fail to beat Schalke they will equal a negative club record of 16 consecutive BL games without a win set in 1967-68.

The Red Devils have gone three games (297 minutes) without scoring, their longest goal drought since 2005-06 when they went four games (378 minutes) without finding the back of the net.

Lautern have only netted one goal in their last six BL games.

All three goals Lautern have netted since the turn of the year have been scored by defenders (Dick (two), Jessen).

Schalke have only won two of their last six league games (D1, L3) and have lost their last three on the road.

The Red Devils have by far scored the fewest goals in the Bundesliga (16), while only Bayern (58) have netted more goals this term than Schalke (54).

The last time a S04 player netted more goals in a whole BL season than Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored after 25 games this term (19) was back in 2000-01 when Danish forward Ebbe Sand netted 22 for Schalke and won the BL top-scorer canon.

FCK defender Mathias Abel joined the Red Devils from Schalke, where he only made one BL appearance, in 2008. Abel has won six of his seven league encounters with his former club (L1).

Hannover 96 v Cologne

Hannover have won four and lost one of their last five BL home games against Köln. Their only home defeat against the BIllygoats during that period came in March 2010 when they lost 4-1 to the FC.

Köln have won the last two league encounters with Hannover, scoring six goals and conceding none.

Going back to last season, Hannover have gone 13 BL games at AWD Arena without defeat (W7, D6), a new club record.

The Reds are the only side apart from Gladbach who are still unbeaten on home soil this term.

The Reds have lost none of the last 26 BL home games in which they have scored (W20, D6). The last time Hannover lost a home game despite scoring came nearly two years ago when they were beaten 4-1 by Köln.

Both sides have enjoyed eight wins this season, but Köln have suffered more than twice as many defeats as 96 (13 compared to six).

Köln have lost six of their last nine BL games on the road and have shipped two or more goals in six of these nine encounters.

Mirko Slomka’s men have netted a league-high 53.3% (16 out of 30) of their BL goals this term following set-pieces. Five of Hannover’s last seven goals have come from dead-ball situations.

Köln will miss Jajalo and Podolski who were both shown straight reds in the Billygoats 1-0 home win over Hertha last weekend. Podolski has scored 16 and assisted four of Köln’s 32 league goals and has hence been directly involved in 63% of their goals this term; no other team depends on a single player as much as Köln.

96 defender Christian Schulz will be eligible again after missing the Reds‘ last game due to a yellow-card suspension and is set to make his 250th BL appearance.

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