Professionals | 17/09/2020

Matchday 1

The Number Crunch: Hoffenheim at home

The wait is almost over. 1. FC Köln take on TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon at RheinEnergieSTADION, as the season gets back underway. Elvis Rexhbecaj grabbed his first brace of his career at the weekend, and it will be another first for Sebastian Hoeneß at the weekend. Here are 10 statistics to get you in the mood for Saturday.

1. FC Köln are entering the club’s 49th Bundesliga season. It is the first time since FC were directly promoted back to the top flight in which they survived in the following campaign. A win on Saturday would also be the 640th in the Bundesliga.

Elvis Rexhbecaj scored his first goals for FC at the weekend against VSG Altglienicke. It is his first professional goal for 484 days, having last scored against FC Augsburg on the final day of the 2018-19 season. It is, however, his first professional brace.

Young guns

FC have scored in their last 20 Bundesliga games in succession, the longest current run in the division. Markus Gisdol’s men would need to score in 11 further games to break the long-standing club record.

FC have the fourth youngest squad in the Bundesliga this season (24.7). Only 1. FSV Mainz 05 (24.4), VfB Stuttgart (24.0) and RB Leipzig (23.8) can boast a younger average age.

Sebastian Andersson becomes the fifth Swede to sign for 1. FC Köln. After Roger Magnusson, Benny Wendt, Christer Fursth and Mikael Ishak, Andersson will be the first Swede to wear red and white since Ishak in 2011-12.

Both teams are hoping to get back to winning ways on the opening day, having failed to do so in the previous two Bundesliga campaigns. FC were unable to secure three points on either the opening day in 2019-20 or 2017-18. The last win to start the season came in 2016-17. Third time lucky? 

Kramaric the dangerman

Andrej Kramaric is the first player to score four goals in a game for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. The Croatian forward’s four goals against Dortmund took him on 72 for the club – cementing his place as their leading all-time goalscorer.

After winning 3. Liga last season with FC Bayern II, Sebastian Hoeneß will make his Bundesliga debut with TSG Hoffenheim this weekend. Hoeneß also featured for the club as a player in the 2006-07 season.

Hoffenheim have enjoyed a good run of form against FC of late. TSG have won five of the last six meetings, with the last time FC avoiding defeat coming back in April 2017.

Oliver Baumann saved two penalties against Chemnitzer FC to help Hoffenheim earn a place in the second round. That is a direct repeat of what happened last year, as Baumann was the hero from the spot on two occasions to deny Würzburger Kickers.

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15Hertha BSC3
161. FC Köln1
17FC Schalke 041