Here's a look at some of the most intriguing facts and figures ahead of the tasty-looking Matchday 18 opener between third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach and pace-setters FC Bayern München on Friday 24 January:
If defending champions Bayern avoid defeat in the aforementioned encounter, they will set yet another Bundesliga benchmark of 27 consecutive matches unbeaten on the road. The current 26-game sequence equals their own record run set between December 1985 and August '87.
Philipp Lahm is meanwhile on the brink of a personal milestone – his 300th Bundesliga game. The Bayern skipper has turned out 246 times for his hometown club and a further 53 for VfB Stuttgart since making his top-flight debut for the latter at Hansa Rostock in August 2003.
Javier Martinez has not tasted defeat in the league in any of his last 33 outings for Bayern, who have won all 18 of the most recent games the Spain international has played a part in. Only team colleagues Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben can match that for a sequence – and as yet, no Bundesliga player has ever been on the winning side 19 times in a row.
Tayfun Korkut is Hannover 96's 25th Bundesliga head coach, caretakers included. The Stuttgart-born former Turkey international is only the second German top-flight coach with Turkish roots (after Arkoc Özcan at Hamburger SV in 1977/78).
FC Augsburg are unbeaten in five games, one shy of the best run to date in their short Bundesliga history (under Jos Luhukay at the start of 2012). Victory at Borussia Dortmund would be their seventh win of the campaign, also equalling a top-flight club record.
That will be easier said than done, though, not least as Dortmund are unbeaten in their last nine season reopeners (seven wins and two draws). The last time they tasted defeat at the start of a year was a 1-0 Ruhr district derby loss to FC Schalke back in 2004.
After winning their last three away games at Hoffenheim, Braunschweig and Dortmund, Hertha Berlin are gunning for a club record-equalling four-in-a-row in the Bundesliga. The one previous occasion they managed it was under Falko Götz in autumn 2004.
Shinji Okazaki scored ten goals in 63 Bundesliga outings spread over two-and-a-half years at Stuttgart. In his first half-season at FSV Mainz 05, the Japan international hit the net eight times – more than he had previously ever managed over the course of an entire campaign.
Okazaki never scored more than once in a game for VfB. By contrast, he has bagged a brace three times already for Mainz, all of them over the course of the last eight matchdays. The only other player to keep pace with his seven-goal total haul for that period was Hertha's Adrian Ramos.
Bayer Leverkusen winter signing Seung-Woo Ryu is set to become the 14th South Korean player to take his bow in the Bundesliga. Bum-Kun Cha holds the record for top-flight appearances by a Korean (308), ahead of his son Du-Ri Cha (125). Heung Min Son (Leverkusen), Ja-Cheol Koo, Joo-Ho Park (both Mainz), Dong-Won Ji and Jeong-Ho Hong (both Augsburg) are the other South Korean players currently active in the Bundesliga.