bundesliga.com looks at the highs, lows and everything in-between for six clubs for whom consistency has been the only real bugbear...
Dieter Hecking's Wolves are hot on the heels of the top-four finish that narrowly slipped from their grasp last season. The 2009 Bundesliga champions have won three and drawn one of their four home outings so far this season, with the gap between them and second-placed TSG 1899 Hoffenheim a very surmountable two points. They are, however, yet to win either on the domestic road or in the UEFA Europa League.
The Matchday 7 defeat to FC Bayern München is anything but a fair reflection of Hannover's efforts so far in 2014/15. The likes of Miiko Albornoz, Joselu and Hiroshi Kiyotake (pictured) have settled right in at the HDI Arena, where the Reds boast a 100 per cent winning record. Travel sickness continues to be an issue, though, with their tally of one draw, three defeats and seven goals conceded currently the worst in the division.
Promoted Paderborn made a dream start to their first ever season in the Bundesliga, before finally losing to Bayern on Matchday 4. Andre Breitenreiter's spirited ensemble haven't won since, but they did take a point off Bayer 04 Leverkusen prior to the international break. Unusually for a newly promoted side, they have scored at least once in all but two of their seven league outings to date.
Markus Weinzierl's men were always going to struggle to top last season's eighth-placed finish, but they're doing a fine job so far. The Bavarians have got themselves into a promising position, albeit as the only club yet to record a single draw all season. are the sum parts of their efforts, with nine goals flying in at the wrong end of the pitch to eight at the other end.
Take out the Revierderby success over local neighbours Borussia Dortmund and it's been a pretty forgettable start to 2014/15 for perennial top four contenders Schalke. The Royal Blues have won just twice this term, with Jens Keller paying for a notably inconsistent few months with his job. New head coach Roberto Di Matteo's first port of call will be to address a back four that's shipped the third highest number of goals in the league so far this term (12).
Hertha ended 2013/14 in freefall but the results have picked up in the new campaign, with a handful of fresh faces giving the capital club a real lift as they look towards a sustainable Bundesliga future. The acquisition of Salomon Kalou looks like being a real coup, the Ivorian's three goals in five appearances helping the Old Lady to their first and second wins of 2014/15 against Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart respectively.