Going into the winter break with a nine-point advantage over closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich are certainly making amends for being second best in the league, domestic cup and Champions League last season.
Die Roten have been virtually impenetrable at the back: They have conceded just seven goals in 17 league games, with Manuel Neuer keeping an incredible 11 clean sheets in the process.
Bayern's main strength appears to be their away form. They have yet to lose a game on the road and have conceded only one goal away from the Allianz Arena during a 1-1 draw with Nurnberg in November.
The back line received criticism last season from the likes of former defender Thomas Berthold for not being up to scratch, but they have been much improved in this campaign thanks to the addition of Brazilian centre-back Dante in place of Daniel van Buyten.
Where Malaga benefit from experience, the Bundesliga leaders appear to favour youth: The only outfield defender over the age of 30 is the aforementioned bit-part player van Buyten. In fact, the average age of the entire squad is just 25.8 years. Stoke's average, by contrast, is 29.1.