Hamburg are one of the teams hoping that the numbers add up in their favour come the end of the season. - © DFL
Hamburg are one of the teams hoping that the numbers add up in their favour come the end of the season. - © DFL
2. Bundesliga

Bundesliga 2: the season so far in numbers

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It's been a fascinating ride on the Bundesliga 2 rollercoaster so far this season and with insane numbers telling a story of high drama and amazing games, it's time to crunch those digits.

6Paderborn led the Bundesliga 2 table in six of the 17 matchdays. No team managed more matchdays at the summit. However, at the end of the first half of the season, Lukas Kwasniok's side are in sixth place.

8Darmstadt's Tobias Kempe provided eight assists, more than any other player.

8Hamburg won eight times in a row away from home, a run that extended from matchday 31 of last season to matchday 10 of the current campaign: a new second-division record. The sequence came to an end at local rivals St. Pauli following a 3-0 defeat.

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11 – Only 11 per cent of goals came from a shot from outside the penalty area – proving that long-range efforts are slightly out of fashion in this season's second division. Only Holstein Kiel's Steven Skrzybski can beg to differ: he scored three of his ten goals from range. Skrzybski was well ahead in terms of finishing efficiency, scoring almost six more times than his xGoals predictor.

12Heidenheim set high standards in terms of finishing efficiency with Frank Schmidt's team scoring twelve more times than was expected based on the quality of the chances.

13 – Hamburg's Robert Glatzel has the highest xGoals value of all players at almost 13. Meanwhile, all Sandhausen players together have a value of 17. Glatzel is number one on the top scorer list with eleven goals. No HSV player has ever finished the season as Bundesliga 2's top scorer.

16 - Bottom side Sandhausen currently have 16 points, a division high at the halfway point of a campaign no other basement team has previously managed at this stage. Some eleven years ago, Duisburg had 16 points at this stage of the campaign and were in 13th place.

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31 – 31 goalkeepers were used in the second half of the Bundesliga season. Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler was the only keeper to keep seven clean sheets.

33 – Robert Glatzel is now HSV's record goalscorer in Bundesliga 2 with 33 goals, replacing Sonny Kittel.

35 – Speaking of Kittel: the HSV No.10 failed to score a goal in the opening half of a Bundesliga 2 campaign for the first time. Kittel had 35 attempts but couldn't make the breakthrough.

36.6 - Paderborn's Sirlord Conteh was the fastest player in the first half of the season and was clocked at 36.6 km/h, or 22.7 mph. Even in the Bundesliga no player was as quick.

Robert Glatzel is now HSV's second-division top scorer. - IMAGO/nordphoto GmbH/ Witke/IMAGO/Nordphoto

38 – Paderborn's xGoals value is the highest in the division. It is thus no coincidence that Paderborn are the league's top goal merchants having netted 35 times.

43Daniel Heuer Fernandes of HSV thwarted 43 per cent of the big chances he faced (a division best). The average value was 25 percent.

51Tim Kleindienst is Heidenheim's record goalscorer in the second division with 51 goals. In the first half of the season he replaced Heidenheim legend Marc Schnatterer at the top of the club standings.

55 – Bundesliga 2 defenders have scored 55 times. Only once in the last ten seasons has there been more goals from defenders. Greuther Fürth's Damian Michalski and Patric Pfeiffer of Darmstadt were on target four times each.

Tim Kleindienst has outscored Heidenheim club legend Marc Schnatterer in Bundesliga 2. - IMAGO/Markus Fischer/IMAGO/Passion2Press

68 – There were 68 home wins in the opening half of Bundesliga 2, which corresponds to a share of 44 per cent. The last time there were more home wins in the first half of the season was twelve years ago, when the total came to 83.

69 – A total of 69 percent of penalties were converted in the first half of the campaign, the average over the last 30 years has been 76 percent.

86 – 86 goals have been scored by header in the Bundesliga 2 – the highest number in the last ten seasons. As many as four teams scored nine times with headers (Heidenheim, Kaiserslautern, Darmstadt and HSV). Magdeburg, on the other hand, have headed just one goal.

100 - Karlsruhe attacker Marvin Wanitzek was directly involved in 100 shots on goal, the highest total of any player.

Karlsruher's Marvin Wanitzek has been involved in more shots than any other player. - IMAGO/Jan Huebner/IMAGO/Jan Huebner

164 – A whopping 164 free kicks were struck at the target of which 163 failed to result in a goal. Only Heidenheim's Marnon Busch managed to score directly from a free kick against Kaiserslautern.

241Kiel's Johannes van den Bergh made four (goalless) appearances and is therefore without a goal in the second division for 241 games. The last time Van den Bergh found the net was for Borussia Mönchengladbach in a game against Borussia Dortmund on December 12, 2008.

335Ludovit Reis was the player most often pressed in the league (335 times). The Dutchman escaped the press an above-average 58 per cent of the time.

440 – 440 goals were scored in Bundesliga 2 (the Bundesliga almost reached this number after 15 match days: 431). This is the lowest second division total in the last five years. From 2012 to 2016 there were always fewer than 400 goals in the first half of the season.

1,457St. Pauli left-back Leart Paqarada enjoyed the highest number of ball possessions.

21,400 – Bundesliga 2 has never attracted bigger numbers to games with the highest average attendance (21,400) on record recorded. Almost half a million people filed into HSV home games alone.