• Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last eight Bundesliga meetings with HSV (W4, D4), scoring 16 goals in the process.
  • Leverkusen’s Stefan Kießling was involved in all four goals against Hamburg last season (3 goals, 1 assist).
  • HSV have scored 15 goals in their first six Bundesliga away games this season, a club record. Their previous best was 14.
  • Bayer 04 have scored in each of their last 26 home games – in other words, when Hyypiä has been in the dugout. Their last similar run came between 2003 and 2004, when they scored in 30 successive home games.
  • Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last 10 Bundesliga home games (W8, D2). The only home game this season that they have failed to win was against Bayern München (1-1 draw).
  • HSV have collected seven points in away games under van Marwijk and have scored 10 goals.
  • HSV have the worse top-flight defence in the calendar year of 2013 (56 goals conceded in 28 games – an average of 2 per game).
  • Apart from Hoffenheim (25 goals conceded), Hamburg have the leakiest defence this season (24 goals conceded – an average of 2.2 per game).
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga played for Bayer 04’s youth team in 2009/10, where he scored 25 times in 25 games to finish the season as the division’s top scorer. Hertha BSC signed him up as a result.
  • HSV manager Bert van Marwijk has lost each of his last three Bundesliga meetings with Leverkusen 2-1. The Dutchman was relieved of his duties at Dortmund following the last of these defeats in December 2006 (Stefan Kießling scored the winner).