In preparation for the next round of Bundesliga action, here's a look at some of the standout inter-matchday facts and figures...
If FC Bayern München beat Hamburger SV on Saturday, they will be crowned Herbstmeister (‘Autumn Champions’) for the 19th time in the history of the Bundesliga. The record German champions have gone on to lift the title on 15 of the 18 previous occasions they have finished the first half of the season as league leaders. They failed to do so in 1970/71, 1992/93 and 2011/12.
FC Bayern hold the record for the best Hinrunde (first half of the season) of all time, courtesy of the class of 2005/06’s 44-point winter break haul under Felix Magath. Pep Guardiola’s men can set a new record in that department, but will have to wait until next year when they complete their rearranged Matchday 17 fixture against VfB Stuttgart at the end of January. Bayern have already set a points record this calendar year, having amassed 90 points from 32 Bundesliga outings in 2013 (29 wins, three draws).
Bayern’s 7-0 win over SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 15, incidentally the highest so far this term, stretched head coach Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten season start to a record-breaking 15 matches (13 wins, two draws). With one eye on this weekend, Bayern have beaten Hamburger SV 56 times, scoring 209 goals in the process - both record highs in a single fixture between two Bundesliga clubs - and ran out 9-2 winners in a remarkable game in the Allianz last season.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen are currently enjoying their best ever start to a season. Never before have they had 37 points on the board after 15 games (12 wins, one draw and two defeats). Werkself forward Heung Min Son has scored six goals in his last four outings, including the winner against Borussia Dortmund last time out.
The nets keep bulging at Hoffenheim's WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena, home to the most goals in a single Bundesliga stadium this season: 38 in eight of the club’s first eight games on home soil to be precise. That’s an average of almost five per game.
With 31 points on the board, Borussia Mönchengladbach are closing in on their highest Hinrunde return in the Lucien Favre era (33 points, 2011/12). Favre reached the same number when he was Hertha Berlin coach at the end of the first half of the 2008/09 campaign. Gladbach have won ten of their 15 Bundesliga outings so far this season. Back at the same juncture of the 1976/77 season, Gladbach boasted 11 wins and went on to lift the title.
With an average age of 23 years and four months, VfB Stuttgart’s starting XI in the 4-2 win against Hannover 96 was their youngest since October 1987. Similarly, SC Freiburg lined up with the youngest starting XI in their Bundesliga history against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 15 (average age of 23 years and one month).
1. FSV Mainz 05 striker Shinji Okazaki scored his sixth goal of the season against 1. FC Nürnberg - more than he has ever managed during the first half of a campaign.