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Bayern Munich's Quest for 101 Goals - Matchday 8 Preview Comparison

This season's FC Bayern Munich team is trying to reach the record for goals scored in a Bundesliga season, held by none other than ... the 1971-72 FC Bayern squad. Can the current guys reach 101? We compare the two teams by matchday.

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After taking a run at the team goal scoring record last season, only to fade late while battling an unusually bad spell of injuries, while already having clinched the Bundesliga title early, the 2014-15 FC Bayern Munich team ended well short of 101, scoring "only" 80 goals.

But, once again, Bayern Munich has a chance to equal or surpass the Bundesliga record for the most goals scored in a season, which currently stands (and has stood for over 40 years) at 101 goals scored, and they've had a promising start.

Who are they chasing? None other than the 1971-72 Bayern team, with the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeneß, Sepp Maier, and, most importantly, Gerd Müller gracing the roster.

After matchday seven of the current season, Bayern stand at 23 goals scored, giving them an average of 3.29 goals per game, which puts them on pace for (about) 112 goals.

Up next is a visit from the suddenly sputtering Borussia Dortmund, the rivals who started the season even better than Bayern, leading the league through matchday five (on goal differential ahead of die Roten), only to stumble a little in two consecutive draws, against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt, in the last two games.  Bayern will look to increase their four-point lead on second place BVB, and build on their record start, so far claiming all 21 points from seven games, and sporting a +20 goal differential, which eclipses the record start Bayern had during their triple-winning season of 2012/13.

Goals Scored

Number of games remaining: 27

2015-16 - 23 goals

1971-72 - 15 goals

Pace: This season's FC Bayern is eight ahead of the 1971/72 team.

Matchday 8, 2015-16

Opponent: Borussia Dortmund

Goals Allowed: 6

Result: TBD

Matchday 8, 1971-72

Opponent: VfL Bochum

Goals Allowed: 14

Result: 2-0 win, Away

The record holders from 43 years ago traveled to the Ruhrgebiet to visit newly-promoted VfL Bochum, who were in 12th place at the time.  A 38th minute strike by Uli Hoeness would put Bayern up 1-0 before the break, before Danish defender Johnny Hansen doubled the lead in the 67th minute.  Sepp Maier and the defense would not allow a goal to the hosts, and Bayern would walk away with a 2-0 win.