Bundesliga Round 26

19 Mar

After going a bit goal shy in rounds 22-24, I think it’s fair to say that Bayern Munich have no more goalscoring problems. Three games that saw them score in just won, have been followed by a 7-1 win against Hoffenheim (9th), a 7-0 win against Basle (in the Champions League), and now a 6-0 win away at Hertha Berlin (15th). So an aggregate score of 20-1 over three games. Not too shabby. This weekend it was Arjen Robben’s turn to grab a hat trick. Mario Gomez had scored 3 against Hoffenheim and 4 against Basle, but could only manage the one against Berlin. What a loser. Robben has been in a rich vein of goalscoring form, with 9 goals in his last 5 games for club and country. Bayern’s other scorers at the weekend were Kroos and Muller.

The oldest looking 28 year old in history – Benjamin Robben

But it doesn’t really make that much different to their title bid, because Dortmund have put their dodgy form behind them (they drew last time out), and have won their 9th game in 10. That’s now 20 without defeat. This time out it was Japanese schemer Kagawa with the match winning goal, the victims on this occasion were 6th Placed Werder Bremen. That still leaves a comfortable 5 point gap at the top of the table. AverageOpposition’s friend Marco Reus was on the mark for the first time in 5 games with the opener in a 2-1 win over 5th placed Leverkusen. This means Monchengladbach stay in 3rd, and that yet again, Reus has done it against a Top 6 opponent:

Amazingly, after 14 goals this season, he still hasn’t scored against the relegation battlers, and in fact only 3 of them have come against the teams ranked in 7th to 14th. He’s simply a big game player. He continues to lead the way in goals against the Top 6 (11 strikes) and also has the best ranked opponent per goal – 5.36. The boy is a bit special.

Elsewhere, Huntelaar’s attempts to keep pasce with Mario Gomez continued as he notched in Schalke’s 4-1 away win over bottom placed Kaiserslautern. No real surprise there – he specialises in goals against the Bottom ranked teams, with a whopping 12. That’s the highest by a good distance. And that has lowered his Average to 12.95 – second only to Martin Harnik (14.29) in the Flat Track Bully stakes. Also in that game, Golden (or should that be Goalden?) oldie Raul was back on the goal trail ( I wonder where it leads to?).  That takes him to a decent 12 league goals for the season (25 games).

Sick of Goalscorers? Want some love for the defence? Well look below at the clean sheets stats per team:

Although leading the way on the number of clean sheets, you may be surprised to learn that both Dortmund in 1st, and Monchengladbach in 3rd have the best defences – 16 goals conceded each, compared to Bayern’s 17. Bayern have used them well though, all but two of the clean sheets have been wins. It’s rivals Dortmund though, that lead the way against decent opposition, with 5 clean sheets against fellow Top 6 teams.

Despite being in a lowly 12th place, the Hoffenheim defence has the highest ranked opponent per clean sheet. Their 7 shut outs this season has been against an average placed 6.43 opponent. Pretty good for a team just 5 points above the drop zone. This is reflected in 3 clean sheets against the Top 6 – Dortmund, Bayern, and Monchengladbach.

FC Koln (Cologne) have the worst ranked average opponent for each of their 6 clean sheets – with 12.33, whilst Mainz, Hamburg, Hertha Berlin and Kaiserslautern have the lowest number of clean sheets with just 4.

Rest of the leagues to follow this week.



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