VfL Bochum is having a tough season in the Bundesliga with just 13 points from 15 matches. They have won four matches, drawn one, and lost ten matches. Bochum, who finished 13th in the Bundesliga last season, are 17th in the table and on the verge of relegation. But they have managed to win their last two matches against Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach. Coach Thomas Letsch will be hoping that they can draw inspiration from their last two wins and turn their season around. Therefore, we look at their stats to understand how their recent form could get them out of the danger zone.
Season so far
The above visual shows the percentile rank of VfL Bochum compared to other teams in the Bundesliga. They have not had a good season and therefore do not have good stats. But they play a lot of crosses and are ranked in the top 57.8 percentile for crosses per 90 minutes. Bochum also presses high and is ranked in the top 68.4 percentile for a high press success rate and recoveries per 90. Another area they have managed to do well in is key passes per 90, where they are ranked in the top 47.3 percentile, which is around average.
Increase in counterattacks
The last two matches saw a shift in Bochum’s play as they launched much more counterattacks than usual. Bochum have averaged two counterattacks per game this season, but they launched 12 in their last two games. They launched seven counterattacks in the first game against Monchengladbach, with two of them leading to shots, and five against Augsburg, with three of them leading to shots. The increase in the number of counterattacks has helped Bochum get goals, which have not come easily for them this season.
Bochum have averaged ten shots per game this season. But in the last couple of games, they have launched a total of 23 shots with an average of 11.5 shots per game. This slight improvement in shots has seen a big improvement in the result, as they have six points from two matches.
Christopher Antwi Adjei is one of Bochum’s most important players and has scored in both of their last two wins. He has scored one goal in each match from the total of eight shots he has attempted. Out of the eight shots, four were on target.
The above visual shows the interceptions made by VfL Bochum in the match against Augsburg. They made 63 interceptions, with a majority of them in the defensive third. In the last two matches, their average number of interceptions per game has increased from 49 to 59. This has helped them to stop attacking and therefore concede less.
The above visual shows the recoveries made by Bochum in the match against Augsburg. They made 123 recoveries in that match, 32 more than their average figure. The average recoveries made in the last two matches have gone from 91 to 114 per game. These recoveries have helped them in both attack and defence.
The above visual shows Bochum defender Ivan Ordets’ defensive territory in the last two matches. He has made nine defensive duels and won eight of them, with a success rate of 88.8%. He has made 18 aerial duels and won 12 of them with 66.67% success. His success rate in both defensive and aerial duels has increased from 69.8 to 88.8 and from 59 to 66.7. Ordets has also made 19 interceptions.
With two wins in two matches, Bochum has made their odds a bit better. Therefore, the odds in the 1×2 market are likely to go up, even slightly. Whereas overlines should improve a bit looking at their previous two matches.
VfL Bochum will be hoping to continue their good run of form in the last two matches as they try and get out of the danger zone. They have not just secured six points but have also managed to do it pretty well in the last two matches. The performance improvement would be a relief to the coaching staff and fans.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine