Professionals | 22/05/2020

Matchday 27

The Number Crunch: At home against Fortuna

FC boast a fine home record against Düsseldorf but it was Fortuna who claimed the bragging rights the last time the two met. All eyes will be on the RheinEnergieSTADION come Sunday evening. Here are 10 statistics to get you in the mood for the showdown.

FC’s set-piece strength is the best in the league. Along with Leipzig, FC have scored from 16 dead-ball situations this term. A large part of which has been from corners. 11 FC goals have fallen in this manner – more than any other team in the Bundesliga.

Set-pieces and scoring series

Finding the back of the net last Sunday meant that FC stretched the run of scoring in consecutive games to 12. The last time FC went past that mark was between August and November in 1994. 

Mark Uth continued his marvellous form since his return to FC by scoring against Mainz. His goal from the penalty spot was his fifth since his January move, to which he has also tallied up four assists. It is now eight consecutive games in which Uth has scored or assisted.

The penalty against Mainz came as a surprise to many. Not because it wasn’t justified, but it was FC’s first spot-kick this season. That ended a 37-game wait for a Bundesliga penalty, stretching back to a 4:2 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in February 2017.

The game could be won and lost at the death on Sunday. Fortuna have conceded 25 goals in the last half an hour of games – a league high. In contrast, FC tend to finish matches strongly – especially late on. FC have scored six goals after 90 minutes this season, more than double that Bayern and Leipzig.

Fortuna hit the post and crossbar a combined four times against Paderborn last weekend – double as many times as in their previous 25 games. In comparison, FC have hit the aluminium on four occasions this campaign.

There shouldn’t be any lack of crosses at the weekend. FC (291) and Fortuna (301) sit fourth and third respectively on the amount of deliveries from wide areas.

Troublesome Thommy

Erik Thommy has been a thorn in the side on every occasion he’s faced FC. Not only did he score the second goal in the Derby last time out, he has four total goal involvements in the three games against FC. He’s also won every fixture, too.

Since Uwe Rösler took over in Düsseldorf, Fortuna have lost just one of his seven games in charge. However, they have provided just one solitary win. Despite that, they are unbeaten in their last four games and are looking to continue to move away from the bottom two.

When it comes to taking chances, Fortuna are up there with the best in the Bundesliga. Only SC Freiburg (73%) have converted a higher percentage of their big chances than Fortuna (72%).

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