FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Bundesliga this weekend. The matches we have looked into are Bayern München - Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburger SV and Schalke 04 - SC Freiburg.
Bayern München - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Friday 14 December, 20:30 CET)
> Last season’s win was only Gladbach’s second (2-9-33) at Bayern. Only other win 1-2 on 14 October 1995. This broke a 12-match winless streak.
> Herbstmeister Bayern have an 11-point advantage over their nearest rivals Bayer Leverkusen. This margin is the biggest in club history after 16 match rounds in a Bundesliga season, and equals the highest in Bundesliga history (Borussia Dortmund 2010/2011 also 11, all seasons recalculated to 3-point rule).
> Gladbach also did not lose the last four Bundesliga away matches (2-2-0). Last loss – 4-0 at Werder Bremen on October 20, 2012. It has been 20 years since they stayed unbeaten in five successive BL away matches (Dec 1991 - Mar 1992, five away matches).
Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburger SV (Saturday 15 December, 15:30 CET)
> In each of the last six matches between these teams at Leverkusen, both sides scored at least one goal.
> Leverkusen are the only Bundesliga side without a home loss this season – seven matches, five wins, two draws. They have not lost a Bundesliga home match since the managing duo Sascha Lewandowski/Sami Hyypiä took over. Last loss came against SC Freiburg on March 31, 2012.
> Hamburg went unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga matches. Last defeat – 2-0 at Fortuna Düsseldorf on November 23, 2012. However, they went winless in their last three Bundesliga away matches. Last away win – 0-2 at FC Augsburg on October 26, 2012.
Schalke 04 - SC Freiburg (Saturday 15 December, 18:30 CET)
> The last three matches between these teams (both stadiums), have been won by the home side – two for Schalke, one for Freiburg. In the five matches prior to these three, the home team went winless.
> Last week, Ciprian Marica became Schalke’s 13th goal scorer of the season. This is a Bundesliga high.
> Freiburg have collected 23 points after 16 matches. This is their third-best Bundesliga campaign ever, behind only 2010/2011 (27) and 1994/1995 (30).