Professionals | 29/09/2019

Matchday 6

Crunching the numbers: Hertha at home

It’s a big game against Hertha BSC at the weekend. There’s no doubt about that. FC will be trying to break a recent poor run against the capital club when they meet on Sunday – here are 10 stats to get you in the mood for the match.

Reasons to be cheerful

FC’s last home win against Hertha BSC came in the 2016-17 season. Ibisevic scored in the game, but was outshone by Anthony Modeste – he scored his second FC hat-trick in a 4:2 win. It is the only hat-trick to date when the two teams have met in the Bundesliga.

Overall, FC have the upper hand on Hertha. In 56 Bundesliga meetings, 1. FC Köln have won on 24 occasions. Hertha have tasted victory 22 times, with just 10 fixtures ending in a draw.

Despite being beaten 4:0 by Bayern, FC managed to rack up a pass success rate of 81% - a better performance than their average (78%) over the previous four games. Bayern also managed just five shots on target – their lowest in the current Bundesliga season.

Ones to watch

No active Bundesliga player has contributed to more goals against FC than Vedad Ibisevic. The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has 11 goals and three assists in 18 games.

Since he arrived in Berlin, Jairo Dilrosun has played 20 Bundesliga games – seven of which have been in September. Interestingly, those are the only matches in which he has contributed to a goal. In none of the other 13 months has he managed to add to his three goals and five assists.

Sunday will see Lukas Klünter return to the RheinEnergieSTADION for the first time since his departure. The now 23-year-old came through the ranks at FC and made 33 first-team appearances, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Of the active Bundesliga players, none have contributed to more goals from corner kicks than Marvin Plattenhardt. The Hertha BSC left-back’s deliveries have led to 15 goals from corners. Nuri Sahin and Jonathan Schmid also both have 15.

Sticky wicket

Hertha BSC have the lowest shots-per-game average in the Bundesliga, managing an average of just nine thus far. In comparison, FC are at 12.4. However, FC have averaged just three shots on target per game in the 2019-20 campaign – the joint-lowest in the Bundesliga.

Hertha are one of just two teams to have not scored from a set-piece so far this season, along with Augsburg. Ante Covic’s men have scored every one of their five goals from open play to date.

Hertha have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga away games. In five of those games, they’ve failed to score. The only win in that period came in Augsburg, where they secured a 4:3 win.

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Total table
10Hertha BSC35
111. FC Köln34
12FC Augsburg31