Professionals | 28/11/2019

Matchday 13

The Number Crunch: At home against Augsburg

It’s a Saturday showdown between 1. FC Köln and FC Augsburg at the RheinEnergieSTADION. There’s a lot on the line as we enter the final stretch leading up to the Winter Break. Here are 10 numbers to get you in the mood for the game.

Rafael Czichos’ header against Leipzig means that FC move ahead of all other teams in the Bundesliga when it comes to headed goals. No other team have registered more than five – FC can boast six. The goal, which came from a corner once more, means FC have also scored from more corners than any other team in the league (5).

In the 10 Bundesliga meetings between the two teams, there have been 36 yellow cards – that is double the amount of goals scored (18) in those 10 encounters.

Markus Gisdol has won more games against FC Augsburg (5) than any other Bundesliga club in his time as a head coach. In his nine games, there has yet to be a draw – the other four matches ended in Augsburg wins.

In contrast, Martin Schmidt has only won once against 1. FC Köln – his first game in charge. Since then, he’s failed to get the better of FC in the following five games as both Mainz and Wolfsburg head coach.

FC have conceded just twice in the opening 15 minutes of Bundesliga games – only Leipzig and Schalke have conceded fewer. As for Augsburg, they’ve found it tough in the opening quarter of an hour; FCA have conceded six times in that period, with only Paderborn letting in more.

Despite their recent upturn in form, Augsburg have the lowest pass completion (69%) and lowest average possession (39%) in the Bundesliga this campaign.

Augsburg finding form

While Augsburg have scored twice in the first minute of the game on two occasions, FC have scored three times in added time. Both are league highs (FC alongside Leipzig).

Augsburg were not only celebrating their 4:0 win over Hertha BSC at the weekend because of the three points. The victory was FCA’s 50th at home in the Bundesliga, while Philipp Max’s free-kick proved to be their 200th Bundesliga goal at the WWK-Arena.

Augsburg have scored a higher percentage (53%) of their goals this season with the left foot than any other club. Nine of their 17 goals have come through left-footed efforts. They are the only team in the Bundesliga to have scored more often with their left than right.

After going nine games without a clean sheet following his move from Stade Rennais in the summer, FCA goalkeeper, Tomas Koubek has found his feet. The Czech shot-stopper only conceded in one of the last four Bundesliga matches.

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Total table
15Borussia Mönchengladbach1
161. FC Köln0
171. FSV Mainz 050