Cologne - A total of 99 games have now been played and 262 goals scored in the 2014/15 Bundesliga season, which therefore means ample opportunity to identify any patterns that have developed.
bundesliga.com has crunched the numbers to illuminate the most intriguing stories being played out in the campaign so far...
This season’s race for the Torjägerkanone could be one of the most dramatic in years, with five players currently joint-top of the scoring charts. Moreover, the usual goalscoring suspects are as yet off the pace in terms of finding the net. Last season’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski has five goals, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (l.), winner of the Torjägerkanone in 2011/12, boasts four goals and Stefan Kießling, 2012/13’s best marksman, has just one in eleven appearances.
With players returning from the World Cup and others injured in pre-season, many had predicted a tough Hinrunde for FC Bayern München. In reality it's been anything but. The Reds are already ten points clear of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 13 ahead of FC Schalke 04 and 17 of Borussia Dortmund. In 20123/14, their advantage over those teams was 4, 12 and one point respectively. While the competition appear to have weakened, Thomas Müller (r.) and Co. have become stronger.
From 944 corners, only 16 have led to goals. That equates to only one per every 59 corners and six per cent of the total goals scored, the lowest ratio after 11 Matchdays since records began in 1992. Four were scored on one weekend this term, and two of those in one game - SV Werder Bremen’s 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart. Free kicks, meanwhile, have led to a somewhat bounteous 32 goals, 12 of which have been scored directly and two of those from Hakan Calhanoglu (l.).
The total of 262 goals scored this term (2.6 per game) is way down on last season’s number of 325 (3.3 per game) after 11 Matchdays, and only once in Bundesliga history have fewer goals been scored at this stage of a campaign: 259 in 1989/90. FC Bayern München have shipped just three goals, while Borussia Mönchengladbach (six) and VfL Wolfsburg (11) have set new club records. No1s are also doing their part: Yann Sommer (r.) and Co. have saved 71 per cent of the efforts on their goal this term, compared to 67 per cent in 2013/14.