With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
The story so far
In view of their recent close shaves Hamburger SV would take a season without any relegation worries, and to that end Bruno Labbadia's men appear to be heading in the right direction…
Labbadia was rewarded for saving the northern giants in a relegation play-off last season by being handed the responsibility for building a brighter future for the only club never to have been relegated from the top flight of German football. With a third of the season gone, the first building blocks appear to have been put in place.
It may not have looked that way when they were beaten 5-0 by FC Bayern München on Matchday 1, but the Red Shorts have since got over their opening-night nerves to win a third of their opening 12 games and draw three, establishing themselves firmly in mid-table - still with room for improvement, but at least away from the pressure of a relegation scrap.
- Hamburg have become much more stable in defence this term: after a rude awakening in Munich on Matchday 1, they have conceded just 11 in as many matches since, keeping five clean sheets – more than 15 of their Bundesliga rivals.Only Ingolstadt have conceded fewer first-half goals (two) than Hamburg (four) this season.Hamburg have picked up twice as many points on their travels (ten) as they have at home, with only three sides more successful on the road.Pierre-Michel Lasogga is the main man in the Hamburg attack, with five of his 29 attempts hitting the back of the net – already more effective than his four in 65 attempts last season.The club's top-scorer has accounted for 45 per cent of HSV's goals (five of 11).Emir Spahic has won 64 percent of his tackles – more than any of his team-mates.