FC Bayern Munich have 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.
Who are they chasing? None other than the 1971/72 FC Bayern team, with the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Sepp Maier, and, most importantly, Gerd Müller gracing the roster.
After getting shutout by Gladbach two weeks ago, Bayern once again had trouble scoring in last weekend's clash in Dortmund, with two of their main offensive weapons out of the lineup in Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. As usual, BVB played Bayern well defensively, and only gave up a solitary first half goal to their former teammate Robert Lewandowski, resulting in a 1-0 Bavarian win. Though the victory allowed them to keep their ten point lead intact, it dropped them even further behind the 1971/72 team's pace, who enjoyed a cool half-dozen scores against Werder Bremen on matchday 27.
Number of games remaining: 7
2014/15 - 71 goals
1971/72 - 78 goals
This season's FC Bayern is seven behind the 1971/72 team.
Matchday 28, 2015
Opponent: Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals Allowed: 54 (tied for most in the league)
Previous meeting: 4-0 win, Away
Matchday 27, 1972
Opponent: Hannover 96
Goals Allowed: 54
Previous meeting: 3-1 win, Away
Result: 3-1 win with goals by Uli Hoeness (22, 86), Franz Roth (44)
The record holders from 43 years ago matched their away 3-1 win at Hannover in the Hinrunde with an identical scoreline at home. Can this season's team make up some of their deficit while facing the worst defense in the Bundesliga this season (tied with Werder Bremen)?
With a midweek Champions League match looming against FC Porto, with Robben (still out for a while) and Ribery (just started running and sprinting again) missing again, and possibly having to wait another week on Bastian Schweinsteiger's return, Pep Guardiola may opt to rotate his squad in what is not considered a crucial match, considering Bayern's imposing lead in the standings. Will the reserves be able to turn it up on a hapless Frankfurt defense, or will they take it easy, not wanting to risk any further injuries to what is becoming a thin roster?