The official website of the Bundesliga has compiled a list of facts from Bayern Munich's latest victory over Darmstadt. While statistics are only as meaningful as you make them, they often give a unique angle on a game.
1. First things first: 36 shots and 18 corner kicks are both new season records. What do 36 shots on Darmstadt's goal look like? Glad you asked!
SHOT MAP: Bayern Munich's 36 attempts on goal vs. Darmstadt today.Peppered. pic.twitter.com/HsmMU4XIT7— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 20, 2016
Soccer statistician Michael Caley represents Bayern's dominance in terms of xG (expected goals) versus Darmstadt as below:
xG map for Bayern-Darmstadt. Ho hum +2 G +2.6 xG win for Bayern. pic.twitter.com/0uLpf8m1kl— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) February 20, 2016
For those unfamiliar with Caley's system, the pink boxes represent goals; their relative size reflects the likelihood that a given shot results in a goal. Darmstadt's compact defending prevented Bayern from taking many shots that were almost certain to go in. The big exception is the big pink box that represents Lewandowski's point-blank tap in at the goal line. The other two pink boxes represent the goals shot by Thomas Müller, who again defies the odds.
2. Thomas Müller's two goals against Darmstadt are nos. 87 and 88 for Bayern Munich. He has passed both Mehmet Scholl and his former teammate Claudio Pizarro, both of whom scored 87 Bundesliga goals for Bayern.
At just 26 years old, Müller looks set to rise up the ranks of Bayern's all-time goal-scorers. Ahead of him in Bundesliga goals for Bayern remain only Giovane Ebler (92), Dieter Hoeneß (102), Roland Wohlfarth (119), Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162), and the all-time great, the Bomber of the Nation, Gerd Müller with an astonishing and perhaps unbreakable record of 365 Bundesliga goals.
3. Another fun Tommy fact: Bayern has won its last 50 games in which Thomas Müller has scored a goal.
4. But what about Robert Lewandowski? With his goal against Darmstadt, Lewy has scored 32 goals in 32 games this season, and he has scored at least one goal against all 18 Bundesliga sides this season. He has overtaken Borussia Dortmund's Aubameyang as the leading goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 22 goals. He is among Europe's elite, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo behind Benfica's Jonas (24 goals), Napoli's Higuain (24 goals), and leader Luis Suarez (25).
5. Across competitions and seasons, Bayern has won its last 17 home games. The last time Bayern disappointed its fans at home was when it lost 0-1 against Augsburg, May 9, 2015. In that game, Pepe Reina, who started to allow Manuel Neuer to rest, was sent off with a red card after fifteen minutes. Augsburg missed the penalty, but Bobadilla - assisted by Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg - scored late in the second half.