Professionals | 25/06/2020

Matchday 34

The Number Crunch: Away to Bremen

The final game of the season is upon us. Two teams with contrasting records at set-pieces go head-to-head as Werder Bremen and 1. FC Köln do battle in the Weserstadion. Here are 10 statistics to get you in the mood for the game.

FC’s goalscoring run continued against Eintracht Frankfurt – that made it 19 games in a row where Markus Gisdol’s side have scored in a Bundesliga match. It is the longest run in the league, and the longest series since 1986-87.

Only against Schalke (37) have FC managed to register more Bundesliga wins than against Werder Bremen (35). FC have scored 156 goals against the Weser outfit – more than any other Bundesliga team.

FC hoping to end on a high

The last 10 Bundesliga games have proven to be very evenly contested, with six of the previous 10 fixtures ending in draws. FC’s three wins have all come by a one goal margin. Bremen’s only win in that period (3:1 in March 2018), was the only occasion where more than a goal separated the sides.

Florian Kainz’s penalty against Werder was FC’s 18th goal from set-pieces situations this season. The Austrian’s spot-kick means a new club record since the detailed taking of statistics in 2004-05.

FC have scored the most headed goals in the Bundesliga this season (15), along with Frankfurt. Despite the two teams meeting last weekend, neither were able to add to their tally.

That did, however, maintain FC’s record as one of the best teams defending against headers in the Bundesliga. FC have conceded just six headers this season – the fourth best record in the league.

Saturday’s meeting will be the 104th in all competitions between the two teams. The record is perfectly even. Both sides have won 38 matches, with 27 ending in draws.

Familiar faces

FC’s trip north will see them face four former FC players. Yuya Osako, Kevin Vogt, Leonardo Bittencourt and Claudio Pizarro all plied their trade for FC. The quartet made 272 competitive appearances for the club.

Despite FC’s good form against Bremen of late, Werder boast a strong home record against FC. Bremen have won 11 of the last 15 matches in all competitions at the Weserstadion versus FC, while only against Borussia Dortmund (31) have they managed to win more Bundesliga home games than against FC (28).  

Davie Selke has scored three goals against Köln in the Bundesliga – the Werder Bremen forward’s favourite opponents. Selke has not managed more against any other team in the top flight.

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15DSC Arminia Bielefeld14
161. FC Köln12
171. FSV Mainz 057