Cologne - Eight Matchdays down, 26 to go. The 53rd Bundesliga season is in full swing and already a different picture is being painted to the previous campaign.
Accordingly, bundesliga.com is focussing on the issues providing the brushstrokes at this early stage of the season…
Looking at the the current top three could conceivably retain their positions for the remainder of the season, but rounding out the top six are three teams who are currently exceeding expectations in Germany's top flight having collected 14 of the 24 points on offer.
The capital city side have come on leaps and bounds in 2015/16 after surviving last season in fortuitous circumstances. Hertha have reaped the rewards of Pal Dardai stepping down from his head coach role with the Hungarian national team, a decision which has allowed the 39-year-old to focus his powers purely on injecting a much-needed fighting spirit into his side.