Could Schalke have played in a different way on Saturday with 60,000 fans behind them as they chased an equalizer that never ever came versus Werder Bremen? Freiburg, Mainz and Wolfsburg likewise suffered home defeats this weekend and, who understands, perhaps the Yellow Wall may have been the distinction between Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga’s strongest home team till this weekend, staying in the title race and dropping out of it.

The curse of the home group is a recent phenomenon and a symptom of the “Geisterspiele” (ghost games) age that the Bundesliga has actually gone with.

Put aside for a moment the fan culture that makes German football so special or the essential function clubs play in their neighborhoods, the existence of fans in the stadium can assist turn beats into ties, and ties into wins.

Up until now because the Bundesliga reboot, the numbers support the theory. Only 6 house games have actually been won from 33 considering that the Bundesliga returned two weeks ago – a remarkable number that puts the home win ratio at simply 21%, almost half the season average of 40%.

The post-hiatus away win ratio is 48%, up 11% on the season average.

There are some away wins that have actually been unavoidable, obviously, and one might make the case that none of the away success seen on matchday 29 were that unforeseen. But this is a trend that reveals no indications of abating, as long as fans are not permitted in, and begs the essential question: Are ghost video games reasonable?

Freiburg head coach Christian Streich just recently said: “For us [smaller sized teams] the lack of fans injures us more than it does the top teams.”

And teams at the bottom of the table hosting teams at the top– see RB Leipzig’s thrashing of Mainz for instance– could be viewed as unreasonable on Mainz, whose relegation competitors have actually already had the chance to play Leipzig at house with fans present and, in Eintracht Frankfurt’s case, beaten them.

Werder Bremen, who are battling against transfer, still need to host Bayern, with their chances of victory relatively even more lowered by the lack of fans. While we will never understand what the result of these video games would have been with home groups pressing them on, the statistics recommend a drawback.

Ghost video games have been sold as an essential evil in order to bring the game back to individuals, but with home teams feeling like visitors in their own arenas, this phenomenon is another suggestion that this isn’t football as we understand it.