Seven of 34 matches – over one fifth of the Bundesliga season – are now complete. Peter Bosz's troops currently occupy pole position. The statistics clearly show where Borussia Dortmund's strengths lie.
The Black & Yellows currently sit in first place, having dominated their matches and recorded a division-high average possession of 67 percent. They have conceded the fewest goals (two) and given away the fewest shots (50), while they boast the highest tackle win rate (56 percent) in the Bundesliga and are currently topping the fair play charts with only two yellow cards.
BVB are top of the goalscoring rankings with 21 goals – a club record after seven games – and have had the most shots on the opposition goal in the league (128). That equates to a conversion rate of almost one in six, vastly surpassing the league average of one goal per 10 attempts.
Fifteen of the 21 goals scored this season – 11 of which have come in the first half and 10 in the second – were scored by attackers. Leipzig are second in this regard, with eight goals by strikers (league average: 4.2). Though the attack are responsible for three quarters of their goals, Borussia Dortmund's offensive prowess is by no means predictable. It would not suffice to "shut out" one individual player for 90 minutes, as the 21 goals have been scored by nine different players – almost double the number of goalscorers for the other 17 clubs.
Another positive has been their early-season success from free-kicks. This campaign has seen BVB score twice from free-kicks, which are not a strength traditionally associated with the club. (br)