Super Friday - A Classic Derby In Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04
Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion)
Friday 4th February 2011
19:30 GMT

Matchday 21 kicks off with absolute classic among Bundesliga derbies as league leaders Borussia Dortmund play host to local rivals Schalke 04. Known as the Revierderby in Germany, and arguably the most famous rivalry in German football. It has been a season of contrasts so far for the two Ruhr district heavyweights. So much so in fact that Dortmund go into the contest with precisely twice as many points on the books (50) as compared to the visitors (25).

Such factors of course famously often count for little in the red-hot atmosphere of the local derby. But with Dortmund performing so well from front to back this season, in stark contrast to a Schalke team whose most consistent feature has been their inconsistency, is this one already as good as in the bag for the hosts? In local derboies, form count for nothing and anything is possible. Let's takes a statistical look at how the two contestants are shaping up comparatively in several key positions.

Roman Weidenfeller vs Manuel Neuer

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has stopped 78.6 percent of attempts on his goal – a division best figure! His Schalke counterpart Manuel Neuer has only been able to keep out 70.5 percent of scoring attempts, which leaves him seventh in the current standings. Neuer has conceded more than twice as many goals (26) as Weidenfeller (12). Schalke's German international number 1 has intercepted or punched clear 59 crosses, as opposed to Weidenfeller's 49. Weidenfeller has kept nine clean sheets, Neuier seven, putting them first and second in the Bundesliga in that category.

Mats Hummels vs Christoph Metzelder

Dortmund's Mats Hummels has won 59.5 percent of his man-on.-man situations, slightly less than Schalke defensive linchpin Christoph Metzelder (60.2 percent). Neither of these central defenders is averse to helping out up front if the occasion arises. Hummels has scored three times this season, while Metzelder has scored once and laid on a further goal. Hummels has cleared the ball out of the danger zone 90 times so far over the campaign, Metzelder 68 – club-best totals in both cases.

Nuri Sahin vs Peer Kluge

Nuri Sahin has won 52 percent of his man-on-man situations, compared with Peer Kluge's 50 percent tackles-won rate. The Dortmund midfielder however has been in such situations more than twice as often (269 times) as the Schalke man (131). While Kluge has yet to be directly involved in a single Schalke goal, Sahin has scored five goals and laid on seven more. The Turkish international is Dortmund's top combined scorer (goals+assists) and sixth overall in the Bundsliga. 77.6 percent of Sahin's passes have found a team-mate, while Kluge has found a colleague 78.3 percent of the time. Sahin has been on the ball 1,800 times, more than any other player in the league. His Schalke counterpart has had just 657 touches of the ball by comparison.

Mario Gotze vs Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler has made just three Bundesliga appearances for Schalke, one from the start, while Mario Gotze has played in 19 of Dortmund's 20 league games this season. Gotze has a pass-accuracy rate of 81 percent, just a shade higher than Draxler (80 percent). Draxler has yet to score or provide an assist in the league. Gotze meanwhile has hit the net four times and laid on seven goals for Dortmund – the latter figure a club best shared with Nuri Sahin.

Lucas Barrios vs Raul

Dortmund's Barrios has scored nine goals this season and laid on one. Raul has bagged ten, also with one assist for Schalke. Both forwards have scored the vital goal putting their side 1-0 up on three occasions.
Barrios' goals are spread fairly evenly between home (5) and away (4) matches, while all but one of Raul's have been scored on home turf. Besides having the edge in scoring over his Dortmund counterpart, Raul has also needed fewer chances to get them. Barrios has had 58 attempts on goal (28 on target), Raul just 41 (21 on target).

Statistics were compiled by Tim Toner

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