Robert Lewandowski claimed his third top scorer's prize with 29 goals last season - but who heads the 2018/19 Bundesliga scoring charts after Matchday 8? bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the runners and riders...

Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 4 (1 start)
Goals: 7
Goals per game: 1.75

The summer arrival from Barcelona has breezed into the Bundesliga and hit opponents with a whirlwind. Just ask Matchday 7 opponents Augsburg: they were leading 1-0 until Alcacer came off the bench, completing a second-half hat-trick with a 96th-minute matchwinner in a 4-3 Dortmund win for the ages. He continued his epic run with a goal against VfB Stuttgart - his first Bundesliga start.

Watch: Highlights of Alcacer's 36th-minute hat-trick against Augsburg

Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 6 (3 starts)
Goals: 7
Goals per game: 1.16

After a slow start to the season, Jovic has been in fine form of late, scoring in three consecutive games for the first time in his career after finding the net against Hannover and Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and Lazio in the UEFA Europa League. His display against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 8 had something of a coming-of-age feel about it though, with the Serbia international unstoppable in a 7-1 win on home turf, scoring five before being substituted off to a standing ovation.

Luka Jovic turned on the style with Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 8, scoring five past Fortuna Düsseldorf in a 7-1 win. © gettyimages / Alex Grimm

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 7 (7 starts)
Goals: 5
Goals per game: 0.71

What? Only a goal a shade over every other game to start the season? Yes, such are the stratospheric standards set by Bayern's sharpshooter that what is an exceptional strike rate for us mere mortals is merely mortal for this god of goalscoring. Lewandowski went three games without finding the net, before striking twice against Wolfsburg to bump up his tally to five for the campaign.

Watch: All 29 of Robert Lewandowski's 2017/18 Bundesliga goals

Alassane Plea (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Appearances: 7 (5 starts)
Goals: 5
Goals per game: 0.71

A useful goalscorer in his native France, Plea has looked every inch a thoroughbred goalgetter since joining the Foals' stable from Nice in the summer. Like Duda, the former Lyon striker has shown a happy knack of tailoring his finishes to suit the opportunity. He used his head — literally — for his opening top-flight strikes and then power for his third before aesthetically pleasing and devastatingly effective carbon-copy curlers cut down Wolfsburg and Bayern. If you ever wondered what the perfect start to a Bundesliga career looks like, look no further.

Gladbach's Alassane Plea has made a seamless transition from Ligue 1 to the Bundesliga. © imago / Eibner

Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin)

Appearances: 7 (7 starts)
Goals: 5
Goals per game: 0.71

The Slovakia international midfielder has scored in big wins at Schalke and at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern, underlining his ability to burn brightest when the heat is on. With an instinctive nose for goal, he can score from open play, but his free-kick strikes in Gelsenkirchen and Wolfsburg showed he is a threat inside and outside the penalty area.

Ondrej Duda's goals are fuelling Hertha Berlin's European ambitions. © imago / Matthias Koch

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 8 (8 starts)
Goals: 5
Goals per game: 0.63

If you don't love the sight of Reus in full flight, you can only be a Schalke fan. Fit again and bang in form, the Dortmund captain has been the fulcrum of Lucien Favre's attack, prompting teammates and punishing opponents in equally effective measure with his Matchday 5 display in the 7-0 dismissal of Nuremberg one of his all-time best.

Watch: Marco Reus is thriving at Dortmund in 2018/19

Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 8 (7 starts)
Goals: 5
Goals per game: 0.63

The powerful French striker was on target in Frankfurt's first three Bundesliga outings this season against Freiburg, Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, but subsequently went on a four-game goal drought in the league. That came to an end on Matchday 8 when he struck a brace and provided two assists for Luka Jovic in a relentless 7-1 triumph at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Sebastien Haller netted his fourth and fifth league goals of the campaign against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 8. © gettyimages / Alex Grimm

Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg)

Appearances: 3 (3 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 1.3

There are entrances and then there are ENTRANCES!! Finnbogason made the latter when he came back from injury for his first appearance of the season on Matchday 6. He marked his return — and his 50th Bundesliga game — with a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Freiburg in which he had a hand in all four goals. He struck again in the 4-3 loss to Dortmund, but was overshadowed by Alcacer's show-stealing display

Alfred Finnbogason has returned to the Augsburg starting line-up with a bang. © imago / DeFodi

Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim)

Appearances: 4 (2 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 1.00

After scoring from the bench in defeats to Fortuna Düsseldorf and Eintracht Frankfurt, Nelson ran riot on his second Bundesliga start of the season. The Arsenal loanee struck twice in seven second-half minutes on Matchday 8 as Hoffenheim came from a goal down to beat Nuremberg 3-1. His brace came hot on the heels of his first two goals for the England U21s.

England U21 international Reiss Nelson (r.) has hit the ground running at Hoffenheim.
England U21 international Reiss Nelson (r.) has hit the ground running at Hoffenheim. © gettyimages / Adam Pretty/Bongarts

Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin)

Appearances: 7 (7 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 0.57

Duda has claimed much of the attention at Hertha so far this season, but at 34, Ibisevic has probably already had enough of the limelight. What the veteran Bosnia-Herzegovina international striker clearly still has is a hunger for is goals. Two came in the sit-up-and-take-notice win over Gladbach on Matchday 4, while he shared the spotlight with Duda by netting in the victory over Bayern.

Hertha Berlin's Vedad Ibisevic is still banging in the goals at 34. © imago / Mausolf

Maximillian Eggestein (Werder Bremen)

Appearances: 8 (8 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 0.50

Maxi Eggestein is one of the big reasons why Bremen have made such a flying start to the campaign. The 21-year-old scored in the draw against Nuremberg and in the win over Augsburg, before bringing up his first Bundesliga brace in the Matchday 8 success at Schalke. He's now the first Bremen midfielder since Diego some 10 years ago to net four times in the first eight matches of a season.

Bremen's Maxi Eggestein is fast becoming one of the Bundesliga's most potent midfielders. © gettyimages / Martin Rose

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)

Appearances: 8 (7 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 0.50

The Denmark international is lauded for his work ethic as he tirelessly harries opposing defenders, creating time and space for his teammates to score goals. This season, he has managed to ally both. He got the Leipzig party started in the 3-2 win over Hannover on Matchday 3; for the impressive 2-1 defeat of Hoffenheim, Poulsen did not even need any help in earning his team all three points, and he is already just one strike shy of his most prolific Bundesliga season to date.

RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen is enjoying a rich vein of goal-scoring form.
RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen is enjoying a rich vein of goal-scoring form. © imago / Jan Huebner

Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Appearances: 8 (7 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 0.50

The Germany international — like his team — has taken some time to get into his stride this term, but his brace in the 6-0 win over Nuremberg on Matchday 7 — added to the decisive double he claimed in the 3-2 victory over Hannover — suggests the jet-heeled forward has found his shooting boots.

Timo Werner has finished the last two seasons as RB Leipzig's top goalscorer.
Timo Werner has finished the last two seasons as RB Leipzig's top goalscorer. © gettyimages / Robert Michael

Adam Szalai (Hoffenheim)

Appearances: 8 (8 starts)
Goals: 4
Goals per game: 0.50

Szalai scored three in his first two games of the season, but went quiet for five matches before rediscovering his touch against Nuremberg on Matchday 8. The Hungarian is now well on his way to topping his single-season-best of 13 Bundesliga goals in 2012/13.

Adam Szalai is scoring freely for Hoffenheim in 2018/19. © imago

On three goals

Jean-Kevin Augustin (Leipzig)
Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)
Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
James Rodriguez (Bayern)
Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)

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