One of the elite leagues in Europe is set to return this weekend and the Bundesliga is likely to be the centre of the sporting world.
Bayern lead the way ahead of Dortmund by four points, with the championship race still very much alive. Here, we'll look at the players in the German top flight who have contributed to the most goals for their team so far.
Goals + Assists
|3||Timo Werner||RB Leipzig||21||7||28|
Jadon Sancho's transcendent form for Dortmund has seen him score 14 goals and create another 15 for a total of 29 goal contributions. The Englishman has enjoyed a breakout season, and in a normal summer would be courting a nine-figure fee from the likes of Manchester United.
Bayern Munich dominate the list with three entries; Robert Lewandowski (28), Thomas Muller (22), and Serge Gnabry (20). The Pole has scored 25 goals this season and only trails Ciro Immobile of Lazio in the hunt for the European Golden Shoe. Team-mate Muller who has recorded the most assists with 16, one ahead of Sancho, and only Kevin De Bruyne has produced more in Europe's major leagues.
Goal Contributions P90
|#||Player||Team||Minutes||G + A||Goal contribution P90|
|3=||Timo Werner||RB Leipzig||2051||28||1.23|
Sancho once again leads the way in the rankings when we look at goal contribution P90, once again showing his quality, with Muller, having spent a spell earlier in the season out of favour, in second place, showcasing his spectacular return to form. Werner and Lewandowski both have a total of 1.23, clearly the most potent centre-forwards in the division. Gnabry appears in fifth spot.
Expected Goals + Expected Assists
|#||Player||Team||xG||xA||xG + xA|
|2||Timo Werner||RB Leipzig||18.5||7.2||25.7|
Looking at expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA), we can see how many contributions each player would reasonably have been expected to acquire given the chances they had themselves, and the chances they created.
Lewandowski leads the way with a combined xG and xA of 30.5, and he is actually underperforming his xA of 6.8, having collected just three assists throughout the season. Had his team-mates been a little more ruthless in finishing the chances he created, his numbers would be even better. Despite all that, Lewandowski is still not only the highest in the Bundesliga, he is highest in Europe's top five leagues.
The usual suspects of Werner, Gnabry, and Muller make up the next three spots, but the last entry is a new one, in the form of Alassane Plea of Borussia Monchengladbach.
Gladbach are only six points adrift of Bayern in the title race, and could catapult themselves into contention should results go their way quickly. They are largely in the lofty heights of fourth due to the goal contributions of Plea, who has scored eight and assisted seven for a combined contribution of 15.