Professionals | 27/11/2020

Matchday 9

The Number Crunch: The trip to Dortmund

1. FC Köln make the trip to in-form Borussia Dortmund and Signal-Iduna-Park at the weekend. Erling Haaland continues to break records as FC aim to get back on track. Here are 10 statistics to prepare you for Saturday’s game.

Despite defeat on Sunday and only playing 65 minutes against Union Berlin, Ondrej Duda’s creative quality was there in glimpses once more. The Slovakian playmaker played five key passes during the match, a league high on Matchday 8. Only Lucas Höler (SC Freiburg) could match his total of five.

Tireless Skhiri

Ellyes Skhiri, FC’s goalscorer at the weekend, also had some positives to take from the game. The Tunisian covered the most ground of any player on the pitch and won 68% of his challenges, second only to Robert Andrich. For the players who featured for more than 20 minutes, Skhiri also had the best pass completion rate – 95.4%.

FC are yet to concede a goal from a free-kick or cross in the Bundesliga this season.

Ismail Jakobs’ return has seen his remarkable sprint numbers come with it. The early injury this season hasn’t hampered his work-rate, averaging 41 sprints per game. Only Tanguy Coulibay (45) averages more.

The last time FC avoided defeat in Dortmund was back in April 2017, as a strong performance from Timo Horn helped secure a 0:0 draw that day. Horn has kept out the most big chances on goal this season of any goalkeeper in the Bundesliga at 36%.

Borussia Dortmund are closing in almost a full calendar year without drawing a game. Alongside the eight games this season in the Bundesliga where they haven’t been held to a stalemate, their last 18 league matches of the previous campaign saw no game end all-square. The last draw came against RB Leipzig on 17th December 2019.

Youssoufa Moukoko made his debut for Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, becoming the youngest player to appear in Bundesliga history. At 16 years and 1 day, he overtook former BVB midfielder, Nuri Sahin. FC’s Yann Aurel Bisseck is third on the list.

Haaland hunting records

Erling Haaland’s remarkable form continued on Saturday against Hertha BSC. Not only was he crowned Golden Boy that day, the 20-year-old became the youngest player to score four goals in a Bundesliga game. He also broke the record for most goals inside a player’s first 22 Bundesliga games. Uwe Seeler (20) had held the record since the inaugural Bundesliga season; Haaland now has 23.

Lucien Favre’s side have conceded just seven goals in the first eight games of the Bundesliga season, keeping five clean sheets. A league high.

Dortmund might have only scored three times in the first-half this season (same as FC), but the Westfalenstadion side have managed 16 in the second period. No other side has scored more times than BVB after the restart.

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