• The first competitive meeting between these two sides was in the second round of the 2009/10 German Cup. Hoffenheim triumphed 1-0 against hosts Nürnberg in a less than eventful encounter (current FCN player Nilsson scored the goal).
  • There have been 18 goals scored in the last four Bundesliga meetings between these two teams, an average of 4.5 per game. FCN have scored 10 times, Hoffenheim eight times. Nürnberg only scored a total of two goals in their first five Bundesliga meetings with TSG.
  • Nürnberg are the first team in Bundesliga history to be without a win after 17 matchdays (D11, L6). FCN are also the only side in Europe’s top five leagues yet to claim three points in a match.
  • The side that went into the winter break in 17th hasn’t been relegated in the last seven years.
  • With just 11 points from 17 games, FCN are having their worst ever Bundesliga season.
  • However, both 12 years ago (finished in 15th) and four years ago (Bundesliga survival via the relegation play-offs), FCN managed to avoid relegation after having just one point more at this stage.
  • Nürnberg have hit the woodwork 16 times – no other side has hit it more than 11 times (Frankfurt). FCN only hit the woodwork a total of 10 times last season.
  • Hoffenheim haven’t won their first Bundesliga game of the year in their last four attempts (D2, L2), while Nürnberg have won just one of their last five (D3, L1): A 2-0 home victory against Hertha BSC in January 2012.
  • There have been 74 goals in the 17 games involving Hoffenheim (an average of over four per match). The last time a side’s games had produced more goals after 17 games was Werder Bremen in 1985/86 (77 goals).
  • Gertjan Verbeek is the first FCN manager that has failed to win any of their first eight Bundesliga games in charge (D5, L3).