bundesliga.com rounds up the most intriguing statistical tidbits from Matchday 16.
FC Bayern's record-breaking trail continued with Saturday's win over Hamburg, a result which equalled their best ever haul of points for a first half of the season (and they still have a game to play in January). 44 points is the amount they accumulated in 17 matches in 2005/06, while it was 41 a year ago, when they marched to the title.
Augsburg had every reason to be happy with a 4-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig. Having already smashed their record points' haul for the first half of a season, they scored four for the first time in a Bundesliga match and equalled a club record third straight win at home. Halil Altintop certainly enjoys his home comforts – all five of his goals have come at the SGL Arena, and Augsburg have won each time.
scored VfL Wolfsburg's 500th home goal in the Bundesliga at the weekend. That helped them to 29 points from their first 16 games – a new club record. When they won the title in 2009, it was the strength of their second half of the season which saw them pick up 43 points to win the title after taking 26 up until the turn of the year.
The crazy happenings at the HDI-Arena on Saturday were a first for both hosts Hannover 96 and guests 1. FC Nürnberg. For the Reds, the 3-3 draw draw represented the first time they had ever recovered from going three goals behind to pick up a point. Conversely, Nürnberg had never relinquished a three-goal lead in Germany's top flight.
Eintracht Frankfurt's resilient 1-0 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen ended a run of ten games without a win. After a UEFA Europa League run which brought five wins and one defeat, is Frankfurt's domestic form finally catching up to their continental performances? The win could have been even more emphatic - Joselu's last-minute penalty was saved by Bernd Leno´, who has now saved three of the four penalties he's faced this season.
After a poor display in the 3-2 home loss to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 13, Sebastian Mielitz was replaced between the SV Werder Bremen sticks by 25-year-old Raphael Wolf. In the three games since, Wolf has conceded 14 goals, in a 4-4 draw with 1899 Hoffenheim, a 7-0 loss to FC Bayern München and a 3-2 defeat to Hertha Berlin. The last time that happened was to poor old Reinhold Mager in a VfL Bochum 1848 shirt - in the mid 1970s.