Christmas is here. And what that means is that the first half of some of the biggest football leagues in Europe is already done with. Unlike the Premier League, the other top leagues in Europe take a break from football to either enjoy the holidays or spend the time touring the Far East.
One of those leagues currently on a winter break is the German Bundesliga. After 17 games in the league, here are 5 things we now know about the league:
Another Bayern Munich rollercoaster
As things stand, Bayern Munich is a good 11 points ahead of everyone else on the table. Even though they had a bad patch with Carlo Ancelotti at the beginning of the season, the Bavarians, with the help of their former manager, Jupp Heynckes, they’ve continued their dominance on the local scene.
They’ve only lost twice this season, scoring 37 goals in the process. It’s increasingly looking like they may just cruise to yet another Bundesliga title.
The chasing pack
Bayern Munich is strolling to the Bundesliga title and there are a couple of names keeping up the chase. Schalke 04 (30 points), Borussia Dortmund (28 points), Bayer Leverkusen (28 points), RB Leipzig (28 points), Borussia Monchengladbach (28 points), are all ensuring the gap is not too wide.
These teams will be hoping for a slip up by Bayern Munich and will also be looking to take advantage of the other teams should they drop points.
Despite averaging 19.5 shots per game, Bayern Munich is still second to Borussia Dortmund as regards goals scored this season. Munich has scored 37 goals while Dortmund has scored 39 goals.
Freiburg has conceded at least 3 goals in 10 of their last 11 away matches. There has been Over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Borussia Dortmund’s last 14 games.
Stuttgart, Mainz 05 and Cologne have all failed to register away wins this season while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund remain unbeaten at home.
Here’s another fancy stat: Wolfsburg, currently ranked 12th on the log, has recorded the highest number of draws.
Cologne and their six points seem to be doomed for relegation. But there are other teams flirting with relegation too. Hamburger and Werder Bremen (15 points), Mainz 05 and Stuttgart (both teams have 17 points and are yet to win an away match) are the four teams spending a lot of time at the bottom of the table.
One or more of these teams may end up plying their trade in 2. Bundesliga come next year. But we’re still enjoying the winter break and no one knows what the future holds.
What have you noticed about the German Bundesliga this season? Is there any player or club catching your attention? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.