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Bayern Munich's Quest for 101 Goals - Matchday 17 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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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're well on their way.

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, who would tally 40 times that season, gracing the roster.

Current count

After matchday 16 of the current season, Bayern stand at 45 goals scored, giving them an average of 2.82 goals per game, which puts them on pace for about 96 goals.

Up this week

Struggling with injuries, especially to the wings, Bayern had trouble with FC Ingolstadt, who put up an impressive fight.  But in the end, the big club prevailed with a 2-0 score.  Unfortunately, for record-chasing purposes, that's below the needed average, and the record holders from 1971/72 were able to slam 11 goals against Dortmund on the same matchday.  For the first time since matchday six, Bayern are not the top scoring team in the current Bundesliga season, letting Thomas Tuchel's Dortmund pass them again, by one goal.

Up next is a trip to Hannover 96, a club that has been struggling this season, and are currently in the relegation playoff spot at 16.  Their defense is rather porous, tied for third-worst in goals allowed for the season, only behind VfB Stuttgart and Werder Bremen.

Goals Scored

Number of games remaining: 18

2015-16 - 45 goals

1971-72 - 47 goals

Pace: This season's FC Bayern is two behind the 1971/72 team.

Matchday 17, 2015-16

Opponent: Hannover 96

Goals Allowed: 28

Result: TBD

Matchday 17, 1971-72

Opponent: Schalke 04

Goals Allowed: 14

Result: 0-1 loss, Away

The record holders from 43 years ago traveled to league leaders Schalke, who were sporting the stingiest defense.  The game would be scoreless until late, when Dutch midfielder Heinz van Haaren would break the deadlock in the 77th minute, giving Schalke a narrow 1-0 win over their closest rivals.

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