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.
So far, top-flight debutants FC Ingolstadt 04 have surpassed all expectations...
The story so far
The 54th club to appear in the Bundesliga, few would have anticipated the Bavarians making such a good start to 2015/16, with wins in Mainz, Augsburg and Bremen particularly impressive. A recent dip in form has seen them drop to tenth, but they are still six points clear of the relegation zone thanks in large part to a strong rearguard, which has conceded fewer goals than every other team bar FC Bayern München. Meanwhile, no side has ever had 16 points with only seven goals scored, underlining the efficiency of Die Schanzer's attack.
- Ingolstadt's home form can certainly improve, with just four of a possible 15 points picked up at the Audi Sportpark.
- Away from home, however, Ingolstadt currently occupy third place behind Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, having picked up 12 points on their travels.
- Ingolstadt boast the Bundesliga's second best defence, with only Bayern conceding fewer (four) than Ingolstadt's nine. The league average is currently 17.
- 16 points with just seven goals scored is a Bundesliga record after 12 games of the season. Each Ingolstadt goal has been worth an average of 2.29 points!
Ramazan Özcan has held down his place as Ingolstadt's number one goalkeeper thanks to his strong performances which have left summer recruit Örjan Nyland kicking his heels. The Austrian is statistically the best goalkeeper in the league this season, saving 85 per cent of shots on his goal. He has conceded just five times in his 11 appearances, keeping six clean sheets – only FC Bayern's Manuel Neuer has kept more.
Most memorable quote
"I was only nervous before my college exams – and that's because I was badly prepared."
Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl ahead of his side's first Bundesliga game at 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Hasenhüttl is not renowned for rotating his players and has instead kept his faith in the core of the side which gained promotion to the top flight in 2014/15. That has made it hard for new signings to break into the team, but Markus Suttner (r.) is the exception to confirm the rule. The summer recruit from Austria Wien has held down a regular starting berth on the left-hand side of the defence and, with almost flawless performances, has become a mainstay in the back four.
Explore the ups and downs of Ingolstadt's campaign so far by clicking on the link to our interactive standings.