bundesliga.com rounds up the most intriguing statistical tidbits from Matchday 17.
1. FC Nürnberg coach Gertjan Verbeek must be tearing his hair out at his team's bad luck this term. A goalless draw with FC Schalke 04 means the Franconians have failed to win any of their first 17 matches this season. Scoring goals is their biggest problem - they have just 17 - an issue put into sharper context by the fact that Nürnberg have now hit the woodwork 16 times, more than any other side. Javier Pinola (pictured) and Co will be hoping the turn of the year brings an upturn in fortunes.
Borussia Mönchengladbach's 2-2 draw with VfL Wolfsburg was a fitting end to an enthralling first half of the 2013/14 campaign. It was also the kind of match that seemed tailor-made for Juan Arango. After a stunning volley in last season's corresponding fixture, the Venezuelan was at it again, netting a quite brilliant free-kick to put the Foals 2-1 in front. The 33-year-old has now scored nine times from a dead-ball situation since arriving in Germany in 2009, more than any other current Bundesliga player.
Dortmund fans will want the New Year to arrive as soon as possible after a terrible end to 2013. The team that reached the UEFA Champions League final in May have been dogged by injuries this season and sit fourth in the table, 12 points behind FC Bayern München. Saturday's 2-1 loss to Hertha Berlin was BVB's third home league defeat on the spin - their worst run of form since Jürgen Klopp joined the club.
1. FSV Mainz 05 striker might be wishing the winter break wouldn't come at all, such is the form he has been in of late. His two goals in the 3-2 victory away at Hamburger SV were his fifth and sixth strikes in his last eight matches. He is now the only Japanese player to score three braces in the Bundesliga, and he also provided a goal for fellow strike partner Nicolai Müller - his first ever top-flight assist in his 79th appearance.
VfL Wolfsburg's great run of form continued on Matchday 17 with a point away at Borussia Mönchengladbach, and as they plot an assault on the European places, they might just have seen the first contribution from the man who will be looking to share the goal-scoring burden with top scorer Ivica Olic. (pictured) missed the first three months of the season with injury, but came off the bench to net a late equaliser at the Borussia Park, his first league goal since scoring away at Greuther Fürth over ten months ago.