Munich - The 51st edition of the Bundesliga begins on Friday with the clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach. The battle for the title, the European positions, and the fight against relegation will be decided later in the season, but a good start can provide the platform upon which a successful campaign can be built.
Which teams are set to hit the ground running and which will be caught flat-footed as the season gets underway?
bundesliga.com’s form guide offers an overview and highlights the sides with room to improve going into the first weekend of the season.
Did you know that... Hamburg have started the past two seasons with defeat? In 2011/12 they lost 3-1 in Dortmund, whilst last season they suffered a 1-0 reverse at home to Nuremberg.
Did you know that... last season Hannover were extremely vulnerable to quick counterattacks? Slomka's troops conceded a league-high 15 goals on the break.
Did you know that... Bremen struggled to hold onto a lead last season? Despite going 1-0 up on eight occasions they ended up with five draws and three defeats in those games.
Did you know that... Braunschweig had a dream start last season? Eintracht began with five victories in a row and only tasted defeat for the first time on Matchday 15, a 3-1 loss away to Energie Cottbus.