Professionals | 23/01/2021

Matchday 18

The Number Crunch: Away to Hoffenheim

The Rückrunde begins with 1. FC Köln making the trip to Hoffenheim. Sinsheim hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for FC in recent years but there is one record which FC will be hoping to keep intact. Here are 10 stats and facts ahead of the trip south.

A good omen? FC have won each of the last three games to start the Bundesliga Rückrunde. The consecutive wins against SV Darmstadt 98 (6:1, 2016-17), Gladbach (2:1, 2017-18) and recently VfL Wolfsburg (3:1, 2019-20) is a club record.

Thielmann makes the difference

Jan Thielmann’s goal was the late but great strike that handed FC all three points against Schalke. It was also FC’s first goal in added time of either half this season.

Only Inaki Williams (175) of Athletic Bilbao has played more consecutive games in Europe’s top five leagues than Timo Horn (96). The FC shotstopper hasn’t missed a Bundesliga match since playing in the 2:2 draw against FC Ingolstadt 04 back on 11th March 2017.

FC’s win over Schalke continued the impressive form away from Müngersdorf this season. With the victory in Gelsenkirchen, it notched up a third away win of the campaign. 12 of FC’s 15 points have come away from home.

Rafael Czichos and Jannes Horn both reached personal milestones during the clash with Schalke. Czichos marked his 75th competitive appearance for FC with a win, whilst Jannes Horn made it a half century in red and white.

Markus Gisdol will return to Hoffenheim at the weekend, a club where he spent 96 games as head coach. He was also in charge of the Hoffenheim II side for almost two years, before he made the move to FC Schalke 04.

After going 15 games without a clean sheet to start the season, Hoffenheim have bounced back in their last two matches. A 0:0 draw against Bielefeld and the 3:0 win over Hertha BSC meant that they now have back-to-back clean sheets.

Clinical Kramaric

Andrej Kramaric equalled Ivica Olic’s record for most goals by a Croatian in the Bundesliga. Kramaric’s brace against Hertha put him level with the former Bayern striker on 72 goals. 

Seven of Kramaric’s 10 league goals have come away from home this campaign. Overall, his 10 goals and two assists have seen him directly involved in 48% of Hoffenheim’s goals this term.

Oliver Baumann is making a name as a penalty saving expert. The TSG stopper had saved four penalties since February last year before denying Krzysztof Piatek from 12 yards during the week. Overall, he’s saved eight of the 48 penalties he’s faced in the Bundesliga.

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Total table
13FC Augsburg26
141. FC Köln21
15Hertha BSC18