bundesliga.com takes a look at the most curious occurrences so far this season…
238 goals have been scored to date. The last time the ball hit the back of the net this often after eight Matchdays was in 1994/95 when 240 shots hit the back of the net. Most notably, though, none of the 18 draws have finished goalless, a first for Germany’s top flight. 1899 Hoffenheim boast the most curious record as their 20 goals have only been bettered by Borussia Dortmund (21), yet their backline is the league’s leakiest, having conceded the same amount.
Not necessarily. More than half of this season’s goals have been registered by midfielders (125), proving they are hungrier than ever as it stands as the best record seen in Germany’s top flight for 21 years. Naturally, many teams' preference to use a 4-2-3-1 system has played a big role in diminishing a striker’s return in the season. (pictured, six), Roberto Firmino (five) and Raffael (four) are currently the midfielders boasting the biggest goal threat.
Struggling on their travels, but thriving on home turf: the home side have emerged victorious 36 times in the current Bundesliga campaign, while the visiting teams have collected just 18 wins. The last time this many home wins were registered was in the 2001/02 season when the home side had picked up three points 38 times after eight Matchdays. Furthermore, only Dortmund, FC Bayern München and Borussia Mönchengladbach boast an unblemished record on home soil.
Eight rounds into the current campaign and 26 penalties have already been conceded - only nine seasons have seen more spot-kicks given at this stage, the most recent of which was 1999/00, in which referees pointed to the spot 28 times. Gladbach and Dortmund are the only sides yet to squander their chance from the spot, having both converted all three of their penalties. Conversely, Eintracht Braunschweig, 1. FC Nürnberg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 are the only teams yet to be awarded a spot kick.
You can view all of the goals from Matchday 8, plus much more besides, on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.