Professionals | 14/10/2021

Matchday 8

The Number Crunch: Away against Hoffenheim

1. FC Köln take on TSG Hoffenheim on Friday evening, hoping to break the run of six straight defeats to the Sinsheim side. The two teams with the most crosses in the league do battle as the international break comes to an end.

The 650th win in 1. FC Köln’s Bundesliga history arrived before the international break. The 3:1 victory against Greuther Fürth brought up the milestone win, meaning FC are the ninth club to reach the mark.

FC five unbeaten

That win also made it five games without defeat for FC, the first time since the 2019-20 season that they managed a run so long. That occurred between Matchday 23 and 27.

Only Erling Haaland has a better duels won percentage than Anthony Modeste this season. The Norwegian forward has won 57%, with Modeste just a tick behind on 54%.

Both teams have hit the frame of the goal on four occasions thus far. Only Union Berlin (5) have saw their shots crashed against the post or bar more often.

Hoffenheim have scored six goals in the last 15 minutes of matches thus far, more than any other Bundesliga club. FC are second, having managed the feat three times.

FC and Hoffenheim have been keen to get the ball out wide this season. The two teams have crossed more times than any other side in the Bundesliga this campaign. FC have crossed 119 times, with Hoffenheim second on 101.

Hoffenheim have positive record

Hoffenheim have won their last six games against FC, with a goal difference of 20:4. The four encounters previous to TSG’s winning run saw four consecutive draws. FC’s last victory came in April 2015, as Matthias Lehmann, Anthony Ujah and Jonas Hector secured the win. Anthony Modeste managed to score for Hoffenheim on that day.

Andrej Kramaric will be facing one of his favourite opponents at the weekend. While Kramaric failed to find the back of the net in his first six games against FC, his previous two meetings saw him score five goals. The Croatian forward has never lost a Bundesliga match against FC, only in the DFB-Pokal has he tasted defeat (2:1 AET, second-round, 2016-17).

No team have seen more goals scored by their substitutes than Hoffenheim. Munas Dabbur, Sargis Adamyan, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Georginio Rutter have all scored after coming off the bench.

Hoffenheim’s 12 goals have come from nine different goalscorers, the highest number in the league. Added to the four names above: Andrej Kramaric, Pavel Kaderabek, Kevin Akpoguma, Christoph Baumgartner and Sebastian Rudy.

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Total table
8VfL Wolfsburg20
91. FC Köln19
10VfL Bochum 184819