Robert Lewandowski is the man to beat for the Bundesliga's brigade of goal-getters in 2018/19. - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH
Robert Lewandowski is the man to beat for the Bundesliga's brigade of goal-getters in 2018/19. - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga

Bundesliga top scorer 2018/19: The challengers to Robert Lewandowski's crown

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 29? has the lowdown on the runners and riders...

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Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 28 (28 starts)
Goals: 21
Goals per game: 0.75

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 picking up a more familiar pace, netting two against Wolfsburg, scoring twice in the Matchday 11 defeat to former club Dortmund, and to prove the adage of all good things coming in threes, netting another brace in the Bavarian derby. Hanover, Hoffenheim and VfB Stuttgart fell victim to the Pole's predatory finishing, before he became the first player to score 100 Allianz Arena goals with his 13th of the season in the Matchday 21 win over Schalke. He grabbed two more on both Matchdays 24 and 25 to usurp Claudio Pizarro as the Bundesliga's record foreign-born goalscorer. He added another goal in a convincing win over Mainz, served up his 199th in the Bundesliga in the Matchday 27 draw at Freiburg and broke the 200-mark with a brace in Der Klassiker against Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski is a three-time Bundesliga top goalscorer, and has pushed past the 20-mark once again. - © Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 27 (21 starts)
Goals: 17
Goals per game: 0.63

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 seven goals between Matchdays 11-20, before adding a 15th of the campaign against Hannover on Matchday 23 and moving on to 16 to help Frankfurt into the top four with a 3-0 win against Stuttgart on Matchday 27. A week later, he then converted a penalty in the ninth minute of second-half injury time to seal a 2-1 win at Schalke.

Luka Jovic turned on the style with Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 8, scoring five past Fortuna Düsseldorf in a 7-1 win. - © 2018 Getty Images

Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 20 (9 starts)
Goals: 16
Goals per game: 0.80

The summer arrival from Barcelona has breezed into the Bundesliga and hit opponents like a hurricane. Just ask Matchday 7 opponents Augsburg: they were leading 1-0 until Alcacer came off the bench, completing a second-half hat-trick with a 96th-minute matchwinner in a 4-3 Dortmund win for the ages. He continued his epic run with a goal against VfB Stuttgart - his first Bundesliga start - and scored the winner, again as a substitute in Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich. Dortmund rewarded him by transforming his loan into a permanent move, and he paid them back with goal-scoring cameos against Mainz, Freiburg and Düsseldorf to set a new single-season Bundesliga record for substitute strikes (10). He scored from the bench once again on Matchday 24 and from the start a week later, but netted possibly his most important goals yet against Wolfsburg on Matchday 27, striking twice in injury time to send BVB back to the top of the standings.

Paco Alcacer goals-per-minutes ratio is in a league of its own. - © 2018 Getty Images

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 24 (24 starts)
Goals: 15
Goals per game: 0.63

If you don't love the sight of Reus in full flight, you can only be a Schalke fan. Fit again and bang in form, the Dortmund captain has been the fulcrum of Lucien Favre's attack, prompting teammates and punishing opponents in equally effective measure with his Matchday 5 display in the 7-0 dismissal of Nuremberg one of his all-time best. He added to his tally in a narrow win at Wolfsburg, grabbed a brace in the comeback victory over Bayern Munich on Matchday 11 and struck again in wins against Freiburg, Bremen, Gladbach and Hannover, and the Matchday 20 draw with Frankfurt. He was back among the goals in the crucial Matchday 25 triumph over VfB Stuttgart and hit a last-gasp winner in the 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 26, a strike that could potentially be crucial in the title race.

Marco Reus is arguably playing his best football to date for Dortmund. - © PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/GettyImages

Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)

Appearances: 25 (23 starts)
Goals: 15
Goals per game: 0.60

Kramaric took a while to get going this season, scoring just twice in his first seven Bundesliga outings. He began a hot streak on Matchday 11 though, netting in four consecutive games against Augsburg, Hertha Berlin, Schalke and Wolfsburg. He ended a three-game drought with a brace in Hoffenheim's 4-2 victory over Freiburg on Matchday 19, before opening the scoring the following week in the 1-1 draw with Fortuna Düsseldorf. The 27-year-old Croatia international was on target again on Matchday 23 in Hoffenheim's 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig, and hit a brace as Julian Nagelsmann's side beat Nuremberg 2-1 on Matchday 24. He tied Sejad Salihovic as Hoffenheim's record Bundesliga scorer on 46 goals in the Matchday 26 draw with Stuttgart, and added to his tally with subsequent strikes against Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg.

After a slow start, Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric has recovered his scoring touch this season. - imago images / Jan Huebner

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)

Appearances: 26 (24 starts)
Goals: 15
Goals per game: 0.58

The Denmark international is lauded for his work ethic as he tirelessly harries opposing defenders, creating time and space for his teammates to score goals. This season, he has managed to ally both. He got the Leipzig party started in the 3-2 win over Hannover on Matchday 3; for the impressive 2-1 defeat of Hoffenheim, Poulsen did not even need any help in earning his team all three points; and hit braces against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 11, Mainz on Matchday 15, Düsseldorf on Matchday 19 and Stuttgart on Matchday 22. He became the first Leipzig player to score a Bundesliga hat-trick in the 5-0 rout of Hertha on Matchday 27.

RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen is enjoying a rich vein of goal-scoring form, by his modest standards. - imago/Jan Huebner

Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 26 (22 starts)
Goals: 14
Goals per game: 0.54

The powerful French striker was on target in Frankfurt's first three Bundesliga outings this season against Freiburg, Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund. A four-game goal drought came to an end on Matchday 8 when he struck a brace in a relentless 7-1 triumph at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf. He came to the Eagles' rescue in a 1-1 draw in Nuremberg, and 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 triumph over Augsburg. After going five games without a goal, he moved onto double figures with the opening goal against Freiburg on Matchday 18, and struck again against Bremen and Hoffenheim. He came of the bench to net a quickfire stoppage-time brace in a 3-0 triumph over Düsseldorf on Matchday 25.

If he's not busy scoring goals, Sebastien Haller (r.) is making them. - © 2018 Getty Images

Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Appearances: 26 (25 starts)
Goals: 14
Goals per game: 0.54

Werner scored braces against Nuremberg, Hannover, Hertha Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Mainz, before ruining the fun for statisticians everywhere by scoring just the once in the 3-2 victory over Werder Bremen on Matchday 17, He belatedly opened his account for 2019 in the 1-0 win at Schalke on Matchday 26, but netted in back-to-back wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg on Matchdays 28 and 29.

Timo Werner has finished the last two seasons as RB Leipzig's top goalscorer. - © Gettyimages / Bongarts

Ishak Belfodil (Hoffenheim)

Appearances: 23 (15 starts)
Goals: 13
Goals per game: 0.57

A summer signing from Standard Liege, via a loan spell with Werder Bremen, Belfodil scored four goals in 14 appearances during the first half of the season, including a brace against VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 9. The Algeria striker grabbed another double in the 3-3 draw with Borussia Dortmund, before adding to his haul with efforts against Hannover, Eintracht Frankfurt and a third season brace in the 4-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Ishak Belfodil (r.) is keeping Andrej Kramaric (l.) company in the Hoffenheim scoring charts. - Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Appearances: 29 (28 starts)
Goals: 13
Goals per game: 0.45

Havertz is enjoying the best season of his fledgling career - a fact underlined by him becoming a full Germany international towards the end of last year. The 19-year-old grabbed his first goal of the season against Mainz on Matchday 4, hit a brace against Werder Bremen on Matchday 9 and went into the winter break with five after adding to his tally against Nuremberg and Hertha Berlin (two). He has been on fire in early 2019, netting against Wolfsburg, Mainz and Düsseldorf to help steer his side up the table, while also hitting the winner away to Hannover on Matchday 25. He scored his third double of the campaign in the Matchday 28 defeat to Leipzig, and stuck away a match-winning penalty in Stuttgart a week later.

Kai Havertz is enjoying his most prolific season to date as a professional. - imago/Team 2

Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)

Appearances: 29 (28 starts)
Goals: 12
Goals per game: 0.41

Such is the impact Weghorst has made at Wolfsburg, he has already surpassed club legend Edin Dzeko's debut Bundesliga season haul of eight goals. The Dutchman, a summer 2018 arrival from Alkmaar, opened his account on Matchday 2, and is currently averaging a goal every fifth shot on target. He netted his ninth of the campaign and third in as many games in 2019 as the Wolves dispatched Mainz on Matchday 22. Weghorst scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick in the Matchday 26 rout of Düsseldorf.

The goals of Wout Weghorst have Wolfsburg dreaming of a top-six finish. - Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Kevin Volland (Bayer Leverkusen)

Appearances: 29 (27 starts)
Goals: 12
Goals per game: 0.41

Volland failed to find the net in Leverkusen's first four matches this season, but is now the club's top scorer. The versatile forward grabbed both goals in a 2-1 victory of Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 5 and added another four prior to the winter break. Since the turn of the year, the 26-year-old has found the target against Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, helping the club climb back up the table. He struck another brace on Matchday 25 in Leverkusen's 3-2 win away at Hannover, and was on target immediately after the March international break in the 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim.

Kevin Volland is Bayer Leverkusen's top scorer this season, hitting his 10th and 11th of the campaign against Hannover on Matchday 25. - 2019 Getty Images

Alassane Plea (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Appearances: 28 (24 starts)
Goals: 11
Goals per game: 0.39

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 grabbed his first Bundesliga hat-trick against Werder Bremen on Matchday 11, and found the net on Matchdays 16 and 18 in wins over Nuremberg and Bayer Leverkusen respectively. After a seven-game drought, he found the net again in Gladbach's 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg on Matchday 26.

Gladbach's Alassane Plea has made a seamless transition from Ligue 1 to the Bundesliga. - © Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg)

Appearances: 16 (16 starts)
Goals: 10
Goals per game: 0.63

Finnbogason missed the first five games of the season through injury, but made up for lost time with a Matchday 6 hat-trick against Freiburg. He scored four goals in his next five outings, before a two-match absence took him out of his stride. The Iceland international went six matches without scoring, only for the dam to well and truly break against Mainz on Matchday 20 with the Augsburg front man bagging his fourth career Bundesliga hat-trick.

Alfred Finnbogason has scored two Bundesliga hat-tricks in 2018/19. - 2019 Getty Images

Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin)

Appearances: 27 (25 starts)
Goals: 10
Goals per game: 0.37

Duda is making up for lost time after an injury-ravaged first two years in Germany. The 24-year-old had never scored a brace in his professional career before this season, but his double in Hertha's 2-0 win at Schalke at the start of September was a sign of things to come, with goals following in wins over Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich before the month was out. Duda then went six games without a goal, but scored four in his next seven to move onto double figures for the first time as a pro.

Ondrej Duda had only scored one goal for Hertha Berlin before the 2018/19 season. - imago/Jan Huebner

Max Kruse (Werder Bremen)

Appearances: 29 (29 starts)
Goals: 10
Goals per game: 0.34

Bremen captain Kruse scored in back-to-back games on Matchdays 4 and 5, but had to wait until Matchday 15 to add to his tally - a 2-1 defeat to Dortmund. He scored in another losing effort against RB Leipzig towards the end of the year, before going six matches without a goal. His Matchday 24 equaliser against Wolfsburg was the release he needed, though: Kruse netted five goals in his next three games, including braces against Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz, to move onto double figures.

Werder Bremen skipper Max Kruse scored five times between Matchdays 24 and 27. - imago images / Nordphoto

Jean-Philippe Mateta (Mainz)

Appearances: 28 (24 starts)
Goals: 10
Goals per game: 0.36

Enjoying a stunning debut Bundesliga season, Mateta found the net on Matchday 2 but then endured seven-game barren spell before scoring again in a 2-1 win against Werder Bremen on Matchday 10. He has been on target regularly ever since, ending the first half of the season with five goals. Since the turn of the year he has scored against Stuttgart and Schalke, and hit a hat-trick in Mainz's 5-0 demolition of Freiburg on Matchday 28.

Jean-Philippe Mateta is Mainz's top scorer this term. - imago/Jan Huebner

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 29 (22 starts)
Goals: 10
Goals per game: 0.34

Sancho leads the Bundesliga assists chart, but he's also scoring plenty of goals, too. Having already found the net against Nuremberg and Stuttgart, the former Manchester City academy talent became the first player born in the new millennium to score a Bundesliga brace in the Matchday 9 draw with Hertha Berlin. He helped himself to the winning goal in the Revierderby with Schalke, and added further efforts to his tally against Gladbach, Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, before usurping Lukas Podolski as the youngest Bundesliga player to score nine goals - eight this season - with his strike against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 23. The 19-year-old England international ended a five-game lean patch by sticking away his second career brace in the Matchday 29 triumph against Mainz, in the process becoming the youngest ever BVB player to post double digits in a single Bundesliga campaign.

Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho is into double figures for goals and assists. - 2019 Getty Images

On nine goals

Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
Dodi Lukebakio
(Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Thorgan Hazard
(Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin)
Benito Raman (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)

On eight goals

Nils Petersen (Freiburg)
Milot Rashica (Werder Bremen)
Gian-Luca Waldschmidt (Freiburg)

On seven goals

James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich)
Robin Quaison (Mainz)
Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich)
Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim)

On six goals

Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)
Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg)
Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)

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