For the first time in their history, Borussia Dortmund have started the Bundesliga season with five straight wins. That puts them in a select group alongside FC Bayern München (who have managed it on seven occasions), VfB Stuttgart, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, 1. FC Köln and 1. FSV Mainz 05. Dortmund travel to 1. FC Nürnberg this weekend hoping to make it six wins out of six.
The total number of red cards at this stage in the Bundesliga season is into double figures (13) for the first time in seven years. VfL Wolfsburg’s accounts for two of those dismissals himself, earned in just three games for his new club. The Brazilian midfielder got his marching orders for a second bookable offences at Mainz and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, taking his Bundesliga red card tally up to six.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s eleven league goals so far this season have been shared among no fewer than eight players, Branimir Hrgota being the latest to get his name on the list in the Foals’ 2-1 defeat at 1899 Hoffenheim. Gladbach’s goalscoring diversity is certainly not the result of a heavy rotation policy. Lucien Favre is the only coach to field the same starting XI five times running.
Hamburger SV have been the team of choice for target practice so far this season. HSV, who parted company with Thorsten Fink on Tuesday, have conceded 15 goals in their first five outings. That’s a total that has only been exceeded ten times in the history of the Bundesliga – twice by HSV themselves (17 goals against in 1987/88, 16 in 2011/12).
Two Japanese national team colleagues could line up against each other on Sunday when 's (pictured) VfB Stuttgart host 's Eintracht Frankfurt at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The pair did not see too much of each other in the teams’ last meeting, when left-sided specialist Inui was deployed in a more central attacking role.
FC Augsburg have the chance to extend a newly-established Bundesliga best-mark of their own at the weekend after a late 2-1 victory over SC Freiburg earned them their first three-game winning streak of a still-young Bundesliga history. The Fuggerstädter travel to Hannover 96 on Matchday 6 hoping to maintain their rich vein of form.