bundesliga.com has collated the best statistics ahead of another exciting round of games and the last in the calendar year...
Borussia Mönchengladbach have maintained their at home this term, winning all eight of their matches (although Bayern have won nine). That streak has only been bettered once in the Foals’ history, when Jupp Heynckes was the coach. It was 30 years ago and the run back then stretched to 12 straight wins on home soil. The team can make it nine straight wins against Wolfsburg this weekend.
Under Sami Hyypiä, Bayer 04 Leverkusen can achieve their best-ever performance in the first half a campaign this week. In 2001/02, the Werkself had 39 points after 17 games, but if they can win in Bremen on Saturday, they will have 40 on the board. One reason for their strong start is goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who has saved three penalties already this season. He is, however, yet to reach Thomas Zander’s record of saving six spot-kicks in a single Bundesliga campaign, achieved in 1979/80 with TSV 1860 Munich.
FC Augsburg celebrated their seventh win of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig on Matchday 16. That number is almost as many as they managed in the entirety of the 2012/13 and 2011/12 seasons; they won just eight times in each of those campaigns. The 4-1 victory over Braunschweig, in which Halil Altinop (pictured) scored a cracker, was also Augsburg’s biggest ever Bundesliga win and the first time they have scored four goals in a top-flight game.
For Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh, the Friday night fixture against Augsburg will be doubly special. The 52-year-old will not only take charge of his 250th game as a Bundesliga coach (96 wins, 55 draws, 98 defeats), but it comes against the team with whom he started his coaching career, and in his home city. His current charges have failed to win at home all season, though, so something has to give in the Commerzbank Arena.
Mame Diouf’s form is highly representative of that of his club Hannover 96: the Senegalese striker has scored 21 goals in 21 home games for the Reds, but just twice in 22 matches on the road for the club with the worst away record in the division. He will make his 50th Bundesliga appearance in Freiburg this weekend when the Reds go to SC Freiburg, the team with the worst home record in the league.
Braunschweig and 1899 Hoffenheim have never played one another in the Bundesliga; they meet for the first time this weekend. It is the 846th time that two teams will meet for the first time in Germany’s top flight.