bundesliga.com analyses the clubs' first month of the 2013/14 campaign - from who's looked impressive, to who has room to improve. Part I deals with the clubs from 10th to 18th position...
With no points and no goals, the first two games of the season were hardly ideal for Markus Weinzierl's men. But victories on Matchdays 3 and 4 mean Augsburg have already celebrated twice as many wins as in the entire first half of the last season, climbing to tenth place in the process.
Positives: Augsburg have impressed on the flanks, crossing the ball 79 times. They've also only allowed 34 shots on their own goal, second only to FC Bayern München.
Negatives: The Bavarians had to battle against a slow start, and wait for Halil Altintop (pictured) to score their first goal of the season after 125 minutes of action.
"We can be spectacular and we're anything but boring" said Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol before Matchday 4 against VfB Stuttgart. The ensuing clash against their south-west rivals was certainly spectacular but perhaps not in the sense Gisdol intended - Stuttgart ran out 6-2 winners. "Despite this loss, we've still had a good start" said the tactician after the game, highlighting his exciting attacking unit and the form of the talented young Kevin Volland (pictured).
Positives: Hoffenheim have scored the most goals from open play (ten) this season.
Negatives: Defensively however, they've been vulnerable. 12 goals against is the highest total in the league.
Hamburg recorded their first win of the season on Matchday 4 - and in some style. The 4-0 against Eintracht Braunschweig was their highest victory under coach Thorsten Fink. Chairman Carl Jachow said after the game that "we're realistic enough not to overestimate this victory and we know plenty of hard work is still to come". League leaders Borussia Dortmund await after the international break and will certainly provide a stiff test.
Positives: Set-piece specialists Hamburg have had 26 shots from dead-ball situations. Hakan Calhanoglu (pictured) found the net twice in the win against Braunschweig.
Negatives: The pressing could improve: HSV haven't managed to turn any opposing loss of possession into a goal.
Just like Hamburg, Schalke found the going tough at the start of the season. The sides drew 3-3 on Matchday 1, and thereafter the men from Gelsenkirchen struggled until beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 on Matchday 4 - helped by late arrivals Kevin-Prince Boateng (pictured) and Dennis Aogo. "Both players bring bags of experience," said goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, who kept his first clean sheet of the season in the victory.
Positives: Schalke have conceded no goals from through-balls.
Negatives: At the other end of the pitch, Schalke have had the fewest shots from strikers - only eight times this season have they shot on goal.
New coach Thomas Schneider (pictured) has been in charge of VfB since 26 August, and in that time the former youth team coach has breathed a new lease of life into the club from Baden-Württemberg. A 6-2 victory against Hoffenheim was preceded by an unfortunate UEFA Europa League exit, a tie in which Schneider only had control for the return leg. The outstanding goal-scoring form of Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic is also a plus-point.
Positives: The oppositions' forwards have been nullified: No out-and-out striker has yet scored against Stuttgart.
Negatives: Stuttgart are still waiting for their first goal from distance this season.
Eintracht managed their first victory three games into the season, and things have been looking much rosier for Armin Veh's men since. Two Bundesliga heavyweights have already visited the Commerzbank Arena, and both FC Bayern and Dortmund only managed to defeat the resilient home side by a single goal. New signing Vaclav Kadlec (pictured) scored in the Dortmund defeat, from which lots of positives were taken. Injury problems, particularly the absence of key midfielder Pirmin Schwegler, could prove costly, however.
Positives: Frankfurt haven't conceded from a set piece yet.
Negatives: The side's transition play is somewhat on the slow side. No side has had fewer shots from counter attacks than Eintracht's two.
A late equaliser to spoil reigning champions FC Bayern München's 100 per cent record does not hide the fact that Freiburg are yet to register a victory in the 2013/14 campaign. Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida will strengthen a side that, despite no victory, has scored in every game of the season up until now.
Positives: Their set pieces are the best in the league; three goals from dead-ball situations top the charts.
Negatives: Only SV Werder Bremen's midfield men have had fewer shots (eight) than the eleven mustered up by Christian Streich's (pictured) central quartet.
Two points from four games hardly corresponds to der Club's pre-season expectations, but Michael Wiesinger's outfit used the international break to rebuild some self belief by beating Austrian side SK Rapid Wien 3-1. "It was important to win," said the coach. They'll battle fellow basement boys Braunschweig to see which side can pick up their first three points of the season on Matchday 5.
Positives: The defensive line is working together well. Javier Pinola (pictured) and Co. have played the opposition offside (14) more often than any other team this in 2013/14.
Negatives: Numbers, however, suggest the Franconians are more generous the deeper they go. They have allowed 57 shots from the edge their own box so far this term.
The promoted club are the only Bundesliga side without a point and facing Nürnberg on Matchday 5, the team ranked just one place above them, will not prove easy. Coach Torsten Lieberknecht has used the international break for intense analysis. "We've now got the knowledge," said the 40-year-old. "We're going to press the reset button, start again, and achieve our pre-season aims."
Positives: Braunschweig have succeeded with the most defensive tackles when the opposition are in possession.
Negatives: Domi Kumbela (pictured) and Co. have made too many mistakes when in possession. Their misplaced pass rate stands at 31.4 per cent - the highest in the league.