Eight games have elapsed in this year’s Bundesliga and swathes of changes are threatening to take hold below champions-elect Bayern Munich.
Critics have labeled the German top flight as one-sided, uncompetitive and a season-long ceremony for Bayern.
But while they remain a dominant force and may yet go down as one of the finest German sides of a generation, teams jostle for position beneath them in what looks like one of the least predictable Bundesliga seasons of recent times.
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Teams with minimal expectations find themselves in unusually good form while others struggle to live up to lofty expectations, often coinciding with European campaigns too.
With unpredictability comes surprises and we take a look teams who do not currently lie as expected through eight games – for better or for worse.