With nine points already separating the top three from fourth place, an unprecedented occurrence at this stage of a league season, bundesliga.com trains the spotlight on the leading trio ahead of what is already poised to be a thrilling three-way battle to be crowned Germany's best.
Any hopes the opposition may have had of Bayern stumbling as they adjust to a new coach have been swiftly dashed, with the Bavarians looking ominously potent once more. As if last season's record-breaking haul was not enough, Pep Guardiola and Co. can establish two further best-marks against Hoffenheim next weekend. The roots of their dominance emerge with a glance at the 2013/14 statistics. The defending European champions are the Bundesliga's only unbeaten side this term and have conceded fewer goals than any domestic rival (just six). While die Roten may only have scored from 22 of their 185 attempts at goal this term, imagine where they would be if that ratio were better…
Hot on Bayern's heels are Dortmund, who are keen to prevent the Bavarians enjoying another runaway title success. BVB are also firing on all cylinders with their best start to a season on record, maintaining the excitement at the top of the table in the process. Bayern may have the best defence, but Dortmund boast the most fearsome attack, with and Co. netting 25 times so far. Considering Dortmund's league-high 217 shots on goal, however, that is decidedly wasteful, and something Borussia Mönchengladbach punished them for on Matchday 8. BVB do share one record with Bayern though: They have allowed the fewest amount of shots on goal, with Roman Weidenfeller tested just 88 times.
Trailing Dortmund by goal difference alone are Sami Hyypiä's Leverkusen. The Werkself have won a remarkable 13 of their last 15 games, stretching back to the end of the 2012/13 campaign. Leverkusen may not have been top of the pile yet, but they have remained within touching distance throughout and only Schalke (2-0) and Bayern (1-1) have so far managed to deny them three points this term. The secret to their success has been a formidable counter-attacking style, which has yielded seven goals, a number managed by no other Bundesliga side. Attacker Sidney Sam has certainly made a major contribution to that record with his pace and skill enabling him to set a new personal best of seven goals and four assists after just ten matches.
With each of them well and truly in top form, excitement is guaranteed over the next two dozen games, as the three heavyweights battle it out for the chance to lift the Meisterschale.
Check out part of that Dortmund goal factory with a pick of Robert Lewandowski's best five goals, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: