bundesliga.com rounds up five of the biggest talking points from the latest round of league action...
Borussia Dortmund haven't finished outside of the top two since the 2009/10 season, but after a 2-0 loss away to Eintracht Frankfurt, Jürgen Klopp's men will spend the first week of December propping up the Bundesliga table. Despite a good performance, BVB lacked concentration defensively and confidence offensively. Lukasz Piszczek being taken off injured compounds Klopp's worries, as he attempts to use the remaining games of the Hinrunde to escape the relegation zone.
What do , and have in common? Only they have scored past FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga this season. The defending champions' 1-0 victory at Hertha Berlin on Saturday was their tenth clean sheet of the campaign and means they have now set a new club record and equalled a best mark set by VfB Stuttgart in 2003 for the fewest goals conceded after 13 matches.
It took an hour, but Roger Schmidt's Bayer 04 Leverkusen finally got back to their high-pressing best when dispatching 1. FC Köln 5-1 in the Rhineland Derby. Despite Karim Bellarabi equalising in the 26th minute, Leverkusen struggled to find their shooting boots. When Hakan Calhanoglu bent in a free kick in the 61st minute, however, the dam opened. Josip Drmic netted a quickfire brace while Bellarabi completed his own double. Die Werkself, who face Bayern next, jumped into third.
Bayern may not be looking over their shoulders with too much fear, thanks to a seven-point cushion at the top of the table, but ahead of the winter break, VfL Wolfsburg are establishing themselves as leaders of the chasing pack. Their 1-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach means saw them defeat a direct pursuer, and if they make up more ground on the champions, it will certainly make for an interesting clash when Bayern visit the VW-Arena on day one after the winter break.
FC Augsburg are now up to fourth in the table, their highest-ever league position, thanks to a 3-1 win over Hamburger SV. Even more remarkable than that was captain (pictured) sinking another penalty. The Dutch defender has now scored all seven of the spot-kicks he's taken in the Bundesliga, five of which have come this term. After three successive wins and with a struggling Köln on the horizon for Markus Weinzierl's men, Europe really could be calling.