Munich - Enthralling encounters, goals galore, happy homes and sumptuous set-pieces. Four games into the Bundesliga's 51st season and already some interesting stories are beginning to develop.

With the international break this week, bundesliga.com takes a look at some of the trends emerging in the current campaign in Germany's top flight.

The Bundesliga has always produced goals, but this season is proving particularly fruitful. 121 strikes have already hit the back of the net, the biggest number for 20 years. Foreign players also seem to be helping themselves, evidenced by the 77 scored by non-Germans with Stuttgart's chief amongst them in the goalscoring charts.

As a possible consequence of more goals being scored, far fewer games have ended in with the spoils being shared. Just five of 36 games this season have be drawn, the most entertaining of which was Matchday 3's 3-3 thriller between local rivals 1899 Hoffenheim and SC Freiburg. Moreover, we are yet to see a game end goalless this season.

The current campaign seems to be one for penalty-takers to thrive, as a massive 17 spot-kicks have been awarded, a number only bettered twice in Bundesliga history: in 1990/91 (18) and 1998/99 (21). All but three have been converted, with the unsuccessful attempts coming from , and (pictured).

This season has also shown thus far that playing at home is a big advantage. There have been 22 victories celebrated by home teams, compared with just nine for away sides. One half of the league's clubs have won at least 50 per cent of their home games, while only Borussia Dortmund are away from home.


Trends Part II