• Freiburg have not won any of their last six competitive fixtures against Bayer 04 (D1, L5). The last home win for Freiburg against Leverkusen was over 10 years ago – a 1-0 win to start the second half of the 2003/04 season (Roda Antar with the goal).
  • At the start of December 2013, 52 days ago, Leverkusen beat Freiburg 2-1 to progress to the German Cup quarterfinals.
  • After their cup exit to Leverkusen, Freiburg also went out of the Europa League and can now focus on the Bundesliga relegation battle; all three of Freiburg’s wins this season have come when they haven’t had a midweek game.
  • In the 2013 table, Leverkusen sit in second with 69 points behind Bayern (93) and have the second-best defensive record (33 goals conceded) behind Bayern (19).
  • Leverkusen just had their second-best first half of a Bundesliga season (37 points) in their history – only in 2001/02 have they been better (39 points). And for the first time since 2002/03, they are still in three competitions after the winter break.
  • However, Leverkusen lost their last two games by a 1-0 scoreline. Another goalless defeat for Bayer would equal a club record (three defeats without scoring last came in 2002/03).
  • Freiburg have never lost their opening game at the start of the second half of a season when that game came at home (W5, D2) – Freiburg have also won their last three home games on matchday 18 whilst keeping a clean sheet.
  • All four Bundesliga defeats for Leverkusen this season have come against sides who at the time were in the bottom five league spots (2-0 against Schalke, 1-0 against Braunschweig, 1-0 against Frankfurt and 1-0 in Bremen).
  • Stefan Kießling will turn 30 on the day of the match. The striker has not scored in his last three Bundesliga games – his longest goal drought for around 16 months, when back in September 2012 he also went three Bundesliga games without scoring.
  • Together with Bremen, Leverkusen are the side that Mike Hanke has scored the most Bundesliga goals against (5). His first goal for Freiburg came in the meeting with Bayer 04 earlier this season (3-1 loss). Hanke has scored for more clubs (5) than any other current Bundesliga player.