Match facts: Bayern hope to stay alive

Facts and figures ahead matchday 32 in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich looking to keep alive their title hopes at Werder Bremen.


Mainz – Wolfsburg

Mainz have lost four of their five BL home games against the Wolves (1W) including the last three.

Wolfsburg have kept three clean sheets in their five BL outings at Mainz and have scored at least once in each of those five games.

This season’s reverse fixture saw the two sides draw 2-2 with Mainz coming from 2-0 down to claim a point at Wolfsburg.

If Mainz beat the Wolves they would leapfrog VfL in the BL table.

The previous 11 BL fixtures between these two teams have seen an average of 4.2 goals per game.

Thomas Tuchel’s men have only suffered one defeat in their last nine BL home games; when they lost 3-1 to Hertha in March. FSV have picked up 20 out of the available 27 points from their last nine games at Coface Arena.

Wolfsburg have only picked up 11 points away from VW Arena this term and are in 16th place in the BL away table. Only bottom-placed Lautern (nine) have won fewer points on the road than the Wolves.

Mainz have kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season.

VfL have the lowest passing accuracy (71.2%) and have committed the most fouls (611) in the league.

Wolves striker Mario Mandzukic has scored four and assisted five goals in his last seven BL appearances.

FC Köln – Stuttgart

Stuttgart have enjoyed three wins on their last three visits to RheinEnergieStadion, scoring 11 goals in the process.

None of the last 14 BL encounters between these two sides has seen the home side prevail (Eight wins for the visiting side, six draws).

In early February Köln were two places and one point ahead of Stuttgart in the league table, by now the Swabians are 11 places and 20 points above the Billygoats.

Köln have only taken one point from their last six league games, something that last happened to them in autumn 2005.

VfB have won their last three league games despite falling 1-0 behind. Previously the Swabians hadn’t won a single game from a losing position this term.

Köln have the worst defensive record in the league (66 goals conceded). The last time a team had shipped that many goals after 31 games was six years ago when Lautern had allowed the same number of goals at this point of the season and ended up being relegated.

Stuttgart have netted a league-high 36 goals since the turn of the year.

Bruno Labbadia’s men have scored at least one goal in the closing quarter-hour in each of their last five league games (seven in total).

Lukas Podolski has never scored at home against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. The German international netted his last goal at RheinEnergieStadion 12 weeks ago in a 4-1 defeat against Schalke.

Martin Harnik has netted more goals in 2012 than any other player in the Bundesliga (11), while no player has registered more goal involvements than Vedad Ibisevic since the turn of the year (13).

Nürnberg – Hamburg

Nürnberg have only enjoyed two wins in their last 21 BL encounters with Hamburg (D5, L14).

Both these wins came at Easycredit-Stadion, though. FCN also won their last BL home game against HSV in early 2011 (2-0).

Against no other team have Nürnberg conceded as many goals in the Bundesliga as against Hamburg (120).

Hamburg have a better points-per-game average (1.86) a better win percentage (54%) and a better goals-per-game average (2.03) against Nürnberg than against any other current BL side.

FCN will secure their top-flight status if they don’t lose against Hamburg or if Köln fail to take all three points against Stuttgart. Hamburg need to win and hope for slip-ups by Köln and Hertha if they are to be rid of all relegation fears this weekend.

Nürnberg are unbeaten in three games and have won their last two on the trot.

Hamburg have only won one of their last five BL games on the road (D1, L3), when they beat bottom-placed Lautern in the end of March.

With only 34 points after 31 games HSV are enduring their worst-ever season in the Bundesliga. The only time they had as few points as they have this term was back in 1991/92, but they had a better goal-difference back then.

Nürnberg have scored eight goals in their last three games which means that they have netted as many goals in their last three BL outings as in their previous 11 league games in 2012 combined.

Daniel Didavi has been directly involved in eight of Nürnberg’s last 10 league goals (six goals, two assists).

Hoffenheim – Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen have won six of their seven BL meetings with Hoffenheim (D1).

Leverkusen are one of three current BL sides against whom Hoffenheim have never enjoyed a victory in the German top flight (the other two being Bayern and Stuttgart).

1899 have lost more games against Leverkusen than against any other team in the Bundesliga (six).

Bayer have on average netted 2.7 goals per game in their seven BL encounters with TSG.

Hoffenheim have only lost one of their last 13 BL games on home soil (W3, D9), when they were beaten by 2-1 at home by neighbours Stuttgart in mid-March.

Leverkusen have only enjoyed one win in their last 10 away games in all competitions (D5, L4) when they beat relegation-battlers Köln 2-0 on the road at the end of February.

Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel and Bayer gaffer Sami Hyypiä played together at Liverpool back in their active days. In 2001 the two former Reds defenders won the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Charity Shield and the European Super Cup together.

Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling has netted eight goals in his last 10 BL appearances. The German international has scored nine of his 12 goals this term since the turn of the year, only Martin Harnik (Stuttgart, 11) has found the back of the net more often in 2012.

Hoffenheim defender Marvin Compper is set to make his 150th BL appearance.

Bayer will miss defender Stefan Reinartz who will have to sit out the game against 1899 due to a yellow-card suspension.

Hertha Berlin – Kaiserslautern

Hertha are unbeaten against Lautern in seven games in all competitions (W5, D2).

The sides have already faced each other twice this campaign: This season’s reverse fixture in the Bundesliga saw them draw 1-1 at Kaiserslautern while their meeting in the Round of 16 of the German Cup found a winner with Hertha beating the Red Devils 3-1 at home shortly before Christmas.

The Berlin-based side have won five of their last six encounters in all competitions with Lautern at Olympiastadion. Lautern’s last full three-point haul at Berlin came in December 2000 when FCK won 4-2.

The Red Devils need a win to keep their chances of survival alive, but even in that case would be made to suffer relegation if 16th placed Köln get something from their home game against Stuttgart.

The only side ever to have scored fewer goals after 31 games of a BL season than Lautern have this term (19) were Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66 (12).

FCK have now gone 21 games without a win (D9, L12), the last BL team that endured such a long winless run was Dresden back in 1994/95. The only side in BL history that has ever gone longer without a victory was Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66 (31 games).

Hertha have only taken two points from their last four league games and have lost seven of their last eight matches at Olympiastadion (W1). In total, Otto Rehhagel’s men have only enjoyed three wins in their 15 home games this term (D3, L9).

Only FCK (four) have won fewer points since the turn of the year than Hertha (eight, like Köln).

New FCK gaffer Krassimir Balakov has lost his first five games in charge of the Red Devils – the worst-ever start by any Lautern manager in the Bundesliga.

Hertha will miss left-back Levan Kobiashvili, who was sent off for a professional foul against Leverkusen last weekend, while Lautern will be without their skipper Christian Tiffert, who will miss the game due to a yellow-card suspension.

Werder Bremen –Bayern Munich

Only with a win at Bremen can Bayern keep their hopes of winning the league alive, but their focus will be on the second leg of their CL semi-final against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday.

This is Bayern’s 1600th game in the Bundesliga and their 800th match on the road in the German top flight. Adjusted to the three-point rule FCB have picked over 500 points more than any other side in BL history.

Bremen have won 26 of their 91 BL encounters with the Munich-based side – against no other team have FCB suffered as many defeats in the German top flight as against Werder.

Bayern are unbeaten in six BL games against Thomas Schaaf’s men, though (W3, D3) and have won five and drawn three of their last eight matches in all competitions against Bremen.

Werder have gone six league games without a full three-point haul and have only enjoyed two wins in their last 14 BL matches.

Bayern are winless in two games, failing two score in both these matches. The last time FCB went three league games without a win was back in August/September 2010.

Werder have lost five of their six league encounters with the current top four, only from their home game against fourth-placed Gladbach in mid-February have Werder taken a point (2-2).

Bayern have shipped fewer goals than any other side this term (20) and could set a new BL record for the fewest goals conceded in a single BL campaign if they shut their opponents out in their remaining three games of the season. Additionally, Manuel Neuer (currently at 17 clean sheets) could break the BL record for the most clean sheets kept by a goal-keeper in a single BL season (19).

This game will see the two highest-ranked current players in the all-time BL scorer charts face each other. Werder striker Claudio Pizarro has so far netted 158 times in the German top flight while his Bayern counterpart Mario Gomez has scored 126 times in the Bundesliga.

Markus Rosenberg has netted the all-important opening goal for his team in his last three BL appearances. The Swede has also scored four goals in six appearances against Bayern, but has so far never netted against the record champions on home soil.

Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Mönchengladbach

With a win over Gladbach Dortmund would retain the BL title. If Bayern fail to beat Bremen in their match earlier on Saturday Borussia could even begin their home game against BMG sure of their successful title defence.

Gladbach, on the other hand, could secure themselves a top-four finish with a win at Dortmund which would allow them to compete in next season’s Champions League play-offs.

Dortmund have drawn two and won eight of their last 10 home games against Gladbach, including the last five in a row.

With their yield of 72 points Dortmund have equalled the all-time BL record for the most points accrued after 31 games set by Bayern in 1998/99 and 1972/73 (adjusted to the three-point rule).

Only in 1969/70, when they won their first-ever league title, had Gladbach conceded as few goals after 31 games as they have this term (22). Only six teams in BL history have shipped fewer goals at this point of the season than the Foals have this campaign.

Borussia Dortmund have gone 25 league games without defeat and have bettered the BL record for the longest unbeaten run inside a single season set by Leverkusen in 2009/10 (24 games).

Dortmund-born Marco Reus will face his future team in BVB. The Foals midfielder will ply his trade with BVB from next season on. The German international had come through Dortmund’s youth ranks.

This game will see the two goal-keepers with the best saves-to-shots ratios face each other. Foals number one Marc-Andre ter Stegen has saved 81.0% of the shots on target he has faced, while Dortmund shot-stopper Roman Weidenfeller boasts a saves-to-shots ratio of 76.6%.

With Gladbach’s win over Köln (3-0) last weekend Lucien Favre raised his points-per-game average (1.77) over Hennes Weisweiler’s (1.75) which now makes him the best-ever Foals manager in the Bundesliga in that respect. With an average of 1.98 points per game his counterpart Jürgen Klopp is the best BVB manager in the club’s BL history.

Roman Neustädter had to be taken off with a lateral ligament injury last week against Köln and will miss the game against Dortmund. The holding midfielder had previously started all 43 league games since Lucien Favre took charge of the Foals.

Augsburg –Schalke

If Augsburg manage to avoid the drop, they would become the fourth consecutive team to retain their top-flight status in their first-ever BL season. The last BL novice to suffer relegation in their first season in the top flight was SSV Ulm back in 1999/2000.

The first competitive meeting between these two sides came in the Round of 16 of the German Cup in 2010/11 when Schalke beat FCA 1-0 courtesy of a Jefferson Farfan goal and went on to win the competition in the end.

This season’s reverse fixture saw the Miners prevail 3-1. Huntelaar, Fuchs and Raul scored for Schalke while Sascha Mölders scored Augsburg’s only goal.

For the first time in their BL history Augsburg have a five-point cushion over the teams in the relegation zone.

The last time Schalke netted more goals in a whole BL season than they have scored after 31 games this term (66) was back in 1976/77 when they registered 67 goals and finished the season as runners-up.

Augsburg have only lost one of their last nine BL games at SGL Arena (W5, D3), when they were beaten 3-1 by Stuttgart last week.

The Royal Blues have only enjoyed one win in their last six games on the road (D1, L4) and have failed to shut their opponents out in any of their last 10 away games.

Axel Bellinghausen has assisted four of Augsburg’s last eight league goals and is FCA’s best provider this term (six assists).

S04 striker Huntelaar is without a goal in two games (207 minutes). The Dutchman had netted at least once in each of his five appearances before this short drought.

Jefferson Farfan has scored two and assisted five of Schalke last 10 goals.

Hannover – SC Freiburg

Hannover have lost only one of their nine BL encounters with Freiburg (W5, D3).

Freiburg’s only victory over the Reds came nearly eight years ago when they beat 96 4-1 at home in May 2004.

On average, Hannover have won 2.0 points per game against Freiburg, more than against any other current BL side.

The Reds are the only side still unbeaten at home this term (W9, D6). The last two sides to finish a BL season without a single home defeat were Dortmund and Wolfsburg in 2008/09.

SCF have won their last three away games on the trot, but have so far never won four consecutive BL games on the road.

Additionally, the South-West Germans are unbeaten in eight league games, their longest unbeaten run in over 11 years.

This match will see the team with the worst duel success rate (Hannover, 46.6%) take on the team who are second to bottom in that ranking (Freiburg, 47.4%).

Freiburg have the most different goal scorers this term (16) and only need one more player to get his name on the score sheet to equal the club’s BL record of 17 different goal scorers set in 2000/01.

Mame Diouf, who has netted six goals in 10 BL appearances for Hannover and has on average been involved in a goal every 87 minutes, will miss the rest of the season due to injury.

Sergio Pinto will miss the game due to a yellow-card suspension.

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