Timo Werner, Paco Alcacer, Robert Lewandowski or somebody else? The race to finish as top scorer looks set to be an intriguing one in 2019/20. - © DFL
Timo Werner, Paco Alcacer, Robert Lewandowski or somebody else? The race to finish as top scorer looks set to be an intriguing one in 2019/20. - © DFL
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Robert Lewandowski and the race to become the Bundesliga's top scorer

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski won a fourth Torjägerkanone as the Bundesliga's top scorer last season - can anyone stop him making it five in 2019/20?

Robert Lewandowski

Club: Bayern Munich
Age: 31
Games: 17 (17 starts)
Goals: 19
Minutes per goal: 79

After becoming the first player in Bundesliga history to score a goal on each of the first 11 matchdays of a season; the first to find the net in 11 successive top-flight matches; and the first to reach 16 goals after 11 matchdays, the streak came to an end in Bayern's 4-0 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf. After hitting two in a 6-1 win over Werder Bremen to take him to 18 for the season, the Pole scored again in Matchday 16's midweek trip to Freiburg to sit third outright in the all-time top scorer's list in the Bundesliga history books but was kept quiet against favourite opponents, Wolfsburg.

Watch: All of Lewandowski's 2019/20 Hinrunde goals

Timo Werner

Club: RB Leipzig
Age: 23
Games: 17 (17 starts)
Goals: 18
Minutes per goal: 79

Werner found the net for a swashbuckling seventh consecutive Bundesliga game for the first time in his career on Matchday 16, scoring two quick-fire goals as RB Leipzig came from 2-0 in a thrilling 3-3 draw with title rivals Borussia Dortmund. He turned provider for the league leaders against Augsburg on Matchday 17.

Timo Werner had never bagged a hat-trick before this season; he now has two. - Kirchner-Media/Neundorf via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Kirchner-Media

Rouwen Hennings

Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Age: 32
Games: 16 (14 starts)
Goals: 11
Minutes per goal: 121

Hennings scored his 11th of the season in Matchday 17's victory over Union Berlin and he has now hit single-season double figures for the first time in his Bundesliga career. In that game, he also equalled the Fortuna club record for most goals in the first half of a campaign (Klaus Allofs, 11 goals, 1978/79).

Rouwen Hennings is on a personal-best 10 Bundesliga goals so far this season. - imago images/Jan Huebner

Marco Reus

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Age: 30
Games: 16 (15 starts)
Goals: 9
Minutes per goal: 141

The Dortmund captain last found the net on Matchday 15, scoring his ninth of the season in the Black-Yellow's 4-0 win over Mainz.

Captain Marco Reus has been among the goals for Borussia Dortmund. - Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jadon Sancho

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Age: 19
Games: 15 (14 starts)
Goals: 9
Minutes per goal: 131

Sancho struck again in Dortmund's 3-3 draw with Leipzig to continue his superb form of late on Matchday 16, but was unable to find the target on Matchday 17.

Jadon Sancho continues to be a key figure in Dortmund‘s attack this season. - Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Sebastian Andersson

Club: Union Berlin
Age: 28
Games: 17 (16 starts)
Goals: 8
Minutes per goal: 173

The Sweden striker grabbed a brace against struggling Cologne on Matchday 14, but couldn't add to his eight league goals in the subsequent draw with Paderborn or defeats to Hoffenheim and Fortuna.

Sebastian Andersson is helping promoted Union Berlin exceed all expectations in 2019/20. - O.Behrendt via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Contrast

Florian Niederlechner

Club: Augsburg
Age: 29
Games: 17 (17 starts)
Goals: 8
Minutes per goal: 182

Niederlechner is Augsburg's top scorer and assist provider this season. His most recent goal came against league leaders RB Leipzig on Matchday 17, handing his side an early lead before eventually losing 3-1.

Florian Niederlechner has put a sizeable gap between Augsburg and the relegation zone. - imago images/Sven Simon

Goncalo Paciencia

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Age: 25
Games: 16 (13 starts)
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 155

The Eagles' top scorer has scored one of every six shots on goal so far this season, hitting the net against Cologne on Matchday 16. He's the only Frankfurt player to have featured in every game so far this season.

Goncalo Paciencia is the top scorer for Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2019/20 season. - Jan Huebner/Vogler via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Jan Huebner

Robin Quaison

Club: Mainz
Age: 26
Games: 16 (15 starts)
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 181

Quaison scored seven goals in 28 appearances last season; his hat-trick against Werder Bremen on Matchday 16 took him onto seven already in 2019/20.

Mainz forward Robin Quaison scored his first career hat-trick in Bremen on Matchday 16. - foto2press/Oliver Baumgart via www.imago-images.de/imago images/foto2press

Milot Rashica

Club: Werder Bremen
Age: 23
Games: 13 (13 starts)
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 158

Rashica scored his seventh goal of the season in the 6-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, but goes into the year on the back of a two-game goalless run, though he did strike the crossbar in the Matchday 17 loss to Cologne.

Milot Rashica is top of the shots for Werder Bremen this season. - Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

Wout Weghorst

Club: Wolfsburg
Age: 27
Games: 17 (16 starts)
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 207

Weghorst once again leads the way at the top of the Wolfsburg scoring charts with seven goals, having hit 17 last term. Following a run of three games without a goal, he was back among the goals in the Matchday 12 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and Matchday 13 loss to Werder Bremen. He hasn't hit the target since, though.

Wout Weghorst remains Wolfsburg's go-to guy for goals. - imago images/Joachim Sielski

Nils Petersen

Club: Freiburg
Age: 31
Games: 17 (14 starts)
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 197

Petersen has hit double figures in each of his past three Bundesliga campaigns and is well on his way to making it four. He notched a seventh of the season while making history by equalling Joachin Löw's all-time scoring record for Freiburg in the 2-2 draw with Schalke on Matchday 17.

Nils Petersen (c.) is now level with Joachim Löw as Freiburg's all-time top scorer. - Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Amine Harit, Philippe Coutinho and Marcus Thuram are among the players on six goals...

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