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As the season wears on, there are several clubs whose bright starts fade.
Malaga have endured a tumultuous month, picking up just two wins, collecting devastating injures and suspensions and facing the outlay from those dreaded payment issues (via sfgate.com).
Eintracht Frankfurt, too, have stuttered after an incredible opening to their season. After an unbeaten start, they've dropped the tempo slightly and the latest home draw to bottom-of-the-table Greuther Furth was a real disappointment.
David Moyes and Everton have cooled off with four consecutive draws, albeit the one against Fulham should have been a win, and they're simply not burying their chances.
Despite being at the top of the Eredivisie, FC Twente have hit the buffers, Borussia Dortmund continue their abject form in the face of injuries and Napoli's disappointing last four weeks sees them drop out.
Cagliari just missed out as their impressive four-game win streak came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Fiorentina.