Bundesliga - Match facts: Matchday 28
Facts and figures ahead of Sunday's Bundesliga action.
Hannover – Borussia Mönchengladbach
After their 2-1 win over Hannover in this season’s reverse fixture Gladbach leapfrogged 96 in the table and have by now a 13-point cushion over the Reds.
Hannover is the only side in the league still unbeaten at home (W7, D6). They suffered their last home defeat in April when they lost 1-0 to Gladbach in the corresponding fixture last season.
Following their 2-1 defeat at Munich last week, Hannover have dropped out of the top seven for the first time this season. If they fail to claim one of the first seven spots at the end of the campaign they would have to win the Europa League to play in Europe next season.
Gladbach and Hannover are the only two teams in the league who haven’t lost two games in a row this term. Both sides have lost their respective matches last weekend, though.
Marco Reus has netted the Foals‘ last three league goals against Hannover. Additionally, the German international has been involved 10 goal since the turn of the year (five goals, five assists) – a yield that only Schalke’s Huntelaar can match.
Winter signing Mame Diouf was directly involved in at least one goal in eight of his so far 10 matches for Hannover in all competitions. The former Manchester United player has in total already registered six goals and three assists for his new club.
Jan Schlaudraff, who has netted more goals against Gladbach (four) than against any other team in the German top flight, signed his first professional contract with Borussia in 2002 and made a total 10 BL appearances for the Foals.
Mirko Slomka has on average won 1.48 points per game with Hannover in the Bundesliga, more than any previous Reds manager.
Lucien Favre currently has a points-per-game average of 1.82 with Gladbach in the German top flight – the best average ever posted by a Foals gaffer in the Bundesliga.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has saved a league-high 82.4% of the shots on target he faced and has conceded less than half as many goals (18) as his 96 counterpart Ron-Robert Zieler (38).
Hoffenheim – Schalke
Hoffenheim have lost none of their so far three BL home games against Schalke (W1, D2). The Royal Blues have won this season reverse fixture against 1899, though (3-1).
TSG have won none of their last eight games at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, after a run of seven straight home draws they were beaten 2-1 by Stuttgart in their last game on home soil. This is club’s longest-ever winless run in front of their home crowd in the German top flight.
Schalke have lost three of their last four on the road, but have celebrated an emphatic win in their last away game when they beat Kaiserslautern 4-1.
Hoffenheim have failed to shut their opponents out in any of their last nine league games, no other team in the league has currently gone that long without a clean sheet. But 1899 have also netted at least once in each of these nine games, currently the second-longest run of that kind (Mainz have netted in each of their last 10 league games).
Both of Schalke’s two goals in their 2-0 win over Leverkusen last weekend came from headers. In total the Royal Blues have already netted a league-high 15 headed goals this term.
Only Bayern (66) have scored more goals than Schalke (60). This means that S04 have nearly scored twice as many as their upcoming opponents Hoffenheim (31).
S04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has already netted 22 times in the Bundesliga this season, only Bayern’s Gomez scored more often (23 times). The last Schalke player to score 23 goals in an entire season was former Danish international Ebbe Sand in 2000-01. The only Royal Blue ever to net more goals in a single BL season was Klaus Fischer who posted 24 goals in 1975-76 and 29 goals in 1976-77.
Full-back Chrisitian Fuchs has already registered his seventh assist of the season against Leverkusen last weekend. The only other defender to provide this many assists this term is Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek.
S04 goal-keeper Timo Hildebrand plied his trade with Hoffenheim between January 2009 and summer 2010, making 38 BL appearances for 1899 in the process. His teammate Chinedu Obasi joined Schalke on loan from Hoffenheim during the winter break.
Isaac Vorsah has scored for Hoffenheim in both meetings with Schalke last season and helped his team to win both encounters with the Royal Blues (2-0, 1-0). The Ghanaian international has so far only netted three goals in 91 BL appearances, two of these three goals came against Schalke.