Top Facts for the match against Schalke 04

Hoffenheim vs. Schalke. is here to provide the important facts and stats for the Bundesliga clash that starts on Friday at 20:30, in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
  • The Bundesliga head-to-head for the two teams is completely equal. Both teams have won one and lost one, while the other two matches both ended in a stalemate (1:1, 0:0).

  • Hoffenheim managed to start the season with 2 wins in the 2008/2009 season which led them to becoming the Autumn champions.

  • The last time Schalke started their Bundesliga season with 2 losses was 23 years ago (1987/88). Not only that but that season they also started with losses to HSV (2:5) and Hannover (0:2)! That was also the season that S04 were relegated having finished bottom of the table.

  • Hoffenheim have played 6 times on a Friday evening since they joined the Bundesliga but have never taken the full 3 points (2 draws, 4 loses).

  • Not since September 2004 have Schalke 04 found themselves in the bottom half of the table. They were in 15th place then too.

  • After the first two games of the season Hoffenheim are leading the way in the league in shot accuracy (71.4%) as well as having the best chances-to-goal ratio (35.7%).

  • Last season 23 of the 53 goals scored by Schalke came from set-piece situations, the 3rd highest out of the whole league. So far this season neither of their goals have come from open play and instead have come from dead ball opportunities.

  • Manuel Neuer has completed the full 90 minutes in 46 consecutive matches, which is the longest run in the whole league.

  • With an average of 2.00 points per match, Ralf Rangnick, the now Hoffenheim trainer, is still to this day officially the most successful Schalke trainer in their history.

  • Old friends: Schalke's new signing Klaas Jan Huntelaar played alongside Raúl and Christoph Metzelder at Real Madrid during the 2008/09 season.


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