bundesliga.com runs the rule over how the six sides at the wrong end of the table have fared so far...
Having lost four of their first seven matches, last season’s runners-up are currently languishing in 13th place. With several stars returning late for pre-season due to their World Cup exploits, Jürgen Klopp’s (r.) men appear to be lacking sharpness, particularly in the latter stages of games. Indeed, they have conceded more goals in the last 30 minutes (seven) than any other team. “We haven’t had many training sessions for us to try to work on our game and refine things,” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang told bundesliga.com recently.
Unbeaten and yet to concede a goal after Matchday 4, newly-promoted Köln have gone on to suffer two defeats in the their last three outings. The Billy Goats have also been lacking a cutting edge in attack, having scored only four goals so far this season. Köln’s head coach Peter Stöger is remaining upbeat, though, despite his side’s lack of firepower. “If we manage to stay solid at the back and be more clinical up front, then I’m sure we’ll get back to winning ways soon.”
They may still be searching for their first win of the campaign, but Freiburg have proved very difficult to beat in 2014/15, drawing each of their last four games and losing only to Eintracht Frankfurt and Dortmund. Despite conceding the second-fewest clear-cut scoring opportunities in the division, Freiburg’s trademark free-flowing counterattacking game has failed to bear fruit so far this term, with skipper skipper (r.) admitting, “there’s still room for improvement.”
Armin Veh’s return to the Stuttgart hotseat hasn’t quite had the desired effect at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, with another topsy-turvy campaign looking increasingly likely after last term’s 15th-place finish. Veh’s men can’t be faulted for effort, though, having put in the third-most legwork of all Bundesliga sides. Their profligacy in front of goal has cost them dearly, however, with (l.) and Co. only finding the net on six occasions so far.
Having parted company with Mirko Slomka following their Matchday 3 defeat at Hannover 96, the Bundesliga dinosaurs appear to be heading in the right direction under new coach Josef Zinnbauer, drawing 0-0 with FC Bayern before getting the better of Dortmund last time out. No other side has crossed the ball as often as the Red Shorts, which suggests that more precision in the final third could lead to Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Co. rediscovering their scoring touch in the near future.
Ten goals in seven games is a decent enough return, but Bremen have also conceded more goals (16) than any other club. Robin Dutt’s charges are giving the ball away too easily, too, with more than a third of their passes not finding their intended recipient. On a more positive note, (l.) seems to have found his scoring boots in his second season at the Weserstadion, and with just a point separating Werder from 15th-placed Freiburg, Bremen aren't a million miles from reaching dry land.