bundesliga.com casts a statistical eye over the best of the Matchday 8 action in a bite-sized preview.
For the first time in Bundesliga history three clubs go into Matchday 8 with six wins under their belts. Two of this trio, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern München (Borussia Dortmund are the other club involved) come head-to-head in the BayArena on Saturday evening. Of the triumvirate, arguably the most impressive start has been made by Leverkusen, who, with 18 points, are the in the best third-placed position of any side ever after seven matches, and in 37 other seasons, the Werkself's points' haul would see them top the Bundesliga.
One man Leverkusen will have to stop if they are to maintain their best start of all time is Bayern's Franck Ribery. Ribery's last 37 Bundesliga matches for Bayern have all been unbeaten, and if the Frenchman can ensure his side don't lose in the BayArena then he will equal the record Holger Hieronymus of Hamburger SV set in the '80s. After a midweek goal in the UEFA Champions League, the Bayern winger and UEFA Best Player in Europe will fancy his chances.
The third of the unbeaten trio, and the side currently sitting pretty atop the Bundesliga, is Borussia Dortmund. Their 5-0 home win over SC Freiburg on Matchday 7 made it 19 points from a possible 21, the best start in the club's history. This weekend, they travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach, a side unbeaten at home and with eleven goals in three games at Borussia Park, potentially ready to provide the trickiest test to Jürgen Klopp's hard-running troops so far.
Since Thomas Schneider's first game as VfB Stuttgart head coach on Matchday 4, the Swabians have picked up ten out of a possible twelve points. The upturn in form has taken Stuttgart from 17th place to sixth - and if they beat SV Werder Bremen and other results go their way, they could be in a UEFA Champions League qualifying position by the end of the weekend. A milestone could be reached by Cacau, who is on ther verge of his 250th Bundesliga appearance for the Swabians (ninth on the all-time club appearance list).
Bremen won't be muscled aside without a fight however, and their flying Dutchman is hitting form. hit his second Bundesliga brace against 1. FC Nürnberg on Matchday 7 (coincidentally his first was against the same opposition), and the goals were his first in 48 Bundesliga games.
Borussia Dortmund have taken 1-0 leads in their last 15 Bundesliga matches, equalling in the process Hamburger SV's record from the 1980s. Should BVB go in front at Borussia this weekend, they would therefore claim a new league record all to themselves, as well as giving them the ideal position to defend their place at the top of the charts. Certainly something for Klopp to smile about.