Professionals | 20/02/2020

Matchday 23

The Number Crunch: Away to Hertha

1. FC Köln and Hertha BSC are the only two Bundesliga clubs yet to earn a penalty this season. Will that run continue at the weekend? Here are 10 stats to get you in the mood for Saturday’s game.

FC have scored 16 goals in their last seven Bundesliga games – more than in the 14 matches previous.

Mark Uth has been in superb form for FC since his arrival in January, and has scored or assisted in each of his four games thus far. That means that Uth has contributed more goals in the Rückrunde than in his previous 28 matches for Schalke.

Reasons to be cheerful

FC are now 33 games without a Bundesliga penalty – a longer run than any other team in the league. Along with Hertha BSC, they are the only two clubs yet to be awarded a spotkick this season.

Ismail Jakobs has made a positive impact since he made his debut against Hoffenheim. Not only has he scored twice, but the FC youngster averages 42 sprints over 90 minutes. Only Benito Raman (45) boasts a higher average.

Markus Gisdol’s men have been extremely impressive when it comes to heading this season. Only Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig can boast more headed goals (9) and more goals from set-pieces (12) than FC, respectively.

Hertha’s home form of late has been somewhat patchy. They have taken just two points from 12 available, and scored just once (against Mainz). The last time Hertha went on such a run was 2014.

Hertha hoping for home turnaround

Dedryck Boyata was the man who got the goal against Mainz, and also scored against Paderborn. The Belgian defender is Hertha’s topscorer in 2020, and also has three headed goals to his name this season. Only Robert Lewandowski (5) and Sebastiaan Andersson (4) have more.

Hertha have won six of their last seven games against FC, with the only exception being a 2:4 defeat in Köln. Hertha have been a bogey team of late for FC, with the capital club losing just twice in the last 15 meetings.

FC will hope that Vedad Ibisevic doesn’t make an appearance at the weekend. The Bosnian came off the bench in Köln to score a quickfire brace – his 11th and 12th goals against FC. Ibisevic has scored more times against FC than any other Bundesliga club.

The win against Paderborn was not only relief for Hertha, but especially for Alexander Nouri. The interim head coach picked up his first win in 21 league games, dating back to his time with Ingolstadt and Werder Bremen.

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Total table
131. FSV Mainz 0537
141. FC Köln36
15FC Augsburg36