Top 3 long-range goals
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 12? bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the runners and riders…
Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Appearances: 10 (7 starts)
Goals per game: 0.9
After a slow start to the season, Jovic has been in excellent 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. He netted a double against Schalke on Matchday 11.
Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Appearances: 12 (10 starts)
Goals per game: 0.75
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. He came to the Eagles’ rescue late in the day on Matchday 9, sliding in to tap in the equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Nuremberg. He then opened the scoring for his side at VfB Stuttgart before rounding things out against Schalke in consecutive 3-0 wins and scoring for a seventh straight game in the 3-1 wiin over Augsburg.
Alassane Plea (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Appearances: 11 (9 starts)
Goals per game: 0.72
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 with his aesthetically pleasing carbon-copy curlers cutting down Wolfsburg and Bayern the standout strikes. He also grabbed his first Bundesliga hat-trick against Werder Bremen on Matchday 11. If you ever wondered what the perfect start to a Bundesliga career looks like, look no further.
Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg)
Appearances: 6 (6 starts)
Goals per game: 1.2
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 – before converting a penalty in the 2-1 win at Hannover. Finnbogason also netted in Matchday 10’s 2-2 draw with Nuremberg and the 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim a week later.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Appearances: 10 (10 starts)
Goals per game: 0.70
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. He also scored twice and had two ruled out in the Matchday 11 defeat to former club Dortmund.
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