Before it all kicks off with Friday evening's opener between 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, bundesliga.com has put together a handful of intriguing facts to prep you for the weekend programme...
For the first time this season, FC Bayern München go into the matchday at the top of the table - and Pep Guardiola is the first Spanish coach ever to savour that feeling. In all, Bayern have headed the standings after 610 rounds of Bundesliga action down the years, amounting to 36 percent of the entire lot. Philipp Lahm's move from right back to a holding midfield berth has meanwhile had no adverse effect on his man-on-man record: in 658 onfield minutes, the Bayer skipper has only committed one foul!
Should FC Bayern avoid defeat at home to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday, will have earned himself a niche of his own in the Bundesliga annals. The 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe has not left the field on the losing side in any of his last 38 league outings. That puts him level with former Hamburger SV defender Holger Hieronymus - and within touching distance of a new outright best-mark.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has netted five goals in his three starting appearances for Hamburger SV in the league and DFB Cup since joining them from Hertha Berlin loan. The three most recent all came in the 5-0 Matchday 8 win at Hannover 96 and comprised no ordinary hat-trick either. Lasogga bagged the lot inside the space of eight second-half minutes - the fourth-quickest treble in the history of the Bundesliga, and the fastest-ever away from home.
36 of this season's top-flight matches have been won by the home side, with the visitors coming away with a maximum haul 18 times - exactly 50 and 25 percent respectively of the total 72 games played to date. The last time the Bundesliga saw home advantage pay off so often in the opening eight matchdays was back in the 2000/01 campaign, when the hosts had racked up 38 wins all-told by this juncture.
Another unwelcome aspect of 1899 Hoffenheim's unusual zero-sum goal difference (20 for - the division's second best attack, and 20 against - the worst defence) is that they were in front at some point in six of their eight league games, but only went on to win two of those. That repeated inability to hold onto a lead has effectively cost Markus Gisdol's side nine points already.
For only the second time in their Bundesliga history, 1. FC Nürnberg have in their opening eight games. Der Club can at least take a measure of consolation from the fact that on the previous occasion, back in 1986/87, they went on to put in the division's fifth-best second season-half, working their way steadily up the table to an eventual ninth-place finish.