The Numbers Game: The Bundesliga’s Opening Weeks

The international break has given us a chance to pause from the week-on-week Bundesliga action and take stock of the first seven matchdays. There have been plenty of ups, downs, and surprises already this season, but what do the numbers tell us about the start to the 2022-23 Bundesliga season?

Attack

Bayern Munich have scored the most goals (19) with Bochum, Augsburg and Wolfsburg scoring the fewest (5). Sheraldo Becker leads the scoring charts with six, but that amazingly comes off the back of an expected goals (xG) of just 1.1. The Union striker is scoring some seriously unlikely goals so far this season.

Niclas Füllkrug leads the way in terms of xG with 4.5 (five scored) with Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric next on 4.4 (two scored). Leroy Sané and Marcus Thuram have had their shooting boots on this season with the pair tied for total number of shots (27), with Thuram leading the way for shots on target with 15.

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Bochum’s Kevin Stöger leads the league in terms of shot creating actions (SCA) that is the two offensive actions leading directly to a shot such as a pass, dribble or drawing a foul. He has 43 SCA with Vincenzo Grifo next on 34 and Sané on 33. Goal creating action (the same but for goals) GCA sees Eintracht Frankfurt’s newly capped French international Randal Kolo Muani lead the way with six.

Team-wise Bayern have had 161 shots on goal with Wolfsburg at the opposite end of the spectrum with just 67. Köln are the least accurate with their shooting with just 26.5% hitting the target. Gladbach edge Werder Bremen as the most accurate with 43,6%.

Midfield

Schalke midfielder Tom Krauß has been putting himself about making a league leading 16 tackles in the midfield third. Köln’s Ellyes Shkiri is next with 12. Bottom side Bochum lead the way in terms of pressures in the midfield third with Kevin Stöger making 75 and teammate Anthony Losilla 73. Freiburg’s Nicolas Höfler is next with 71.

In terms of passing the midfielder with the most passes made is Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich with 496 followed by Christoph Kramer (368) and Ellyes Shkiri (343).

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Jude Bellingham and Manu Koné are developing a little head-to-head battle to see who can win the most duels. So far, Bellingham (119) leads the way with the Gladbach dynamo on 109. Tom Krauß is somewhat behind on 84.

Hoffenheim’s Grischa Prömel is putting in the hard yards and leads the way in terms of distance covered with 84.7km covered. Next is Ellyes Shkiri 984.3km) followed by Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow (82.3km).

Defence

Amongst the defenders Benjamin Pavard and Dayot Upamecano have made the most tackles in the defensive third with 13 so far this season. Upamecano is also way out in front on the pressure in defensive third metric with 65. His nearest rival is Union Berlin’s Robin Knoche with 48.

Jonas Hector has made the most blocks (20), while Hertha Berlin fullback Jonjoe Kenny has made the most interceptions with 21- one more than Marco Friedl and two more than Stuttgart’s Konstantinos Mavropanos. Milos Veljkovic has made the most clearances (55) followed by Augsburg’s Jeffrey Gouweleeuw on 47.

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Nico Elvedi’s passing has been on point as per usual with a league high 93.6% pass accuracy (across all positions) although in terms of passes completed Upamecano leads with 504 followed by Willi Orban (424) and Borussia Dortmund’s Nico Schlotterbeck (408).

Schalke have blocked the most shots (147), Bayern have blocked the least (85). Werder Bremen have made 209 clearances whereas Bayern Munich have made just 99.

Goalkeeper

Maybe not surprisingly Bochum keeper Manuel Riemann has made the most saves (41) with Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer one behind before Rafal Gikiewicz comes next with 34. Sommer has a 90.9% save percentage with the next best being Union Berlin’s Frederik Rönnow (85%) and Freiburg’s Mark Flekken (83.9%).

Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp has the lowest save percentage (52%) followed by Köln’s Marvin Schwäbe (60%) and Robin Zentner of Main (61.5%).

Miscellaneous

Borna Sosa looks to have taken on the mantle from Filip Kostic as the Bundesliga’s crossing master. The Stuttgart fullback has sent in 34 crosses this season- two ahead of Florian Kainz.

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Chidera Ejuke has completed the most successful dribbles (25) with Alfonso Davies and Dodi Lukebakio five behind. Amos Pieper of Werder Bremen has collected five yellow cards in his seven appearances putting him firmly on the naughty step, whereas Rani Khedira has the most fouls (15).

The current speed merchants are Alfonso Davies and Sheraldo Becker who have clocked a top speed of 35.97 km/h. No slouch in second place is Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven with a top speed so far of 35.87 km/h.

About Mathew Burt 531 Articles
Former writer at Goal.com and JustFootball, I've been doing my thing for Bundesliga Fanatic since 2015. A long-suffering Werder Bremen fan and disciple of the Germanic holy trinity...Bier. Wurst und Fußball

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