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Bayern Munich's Quest for 101 Goals - Matchday 24 Comparison

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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, but they will need to crank up their scoring in the last eleven games to have a chance.

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 23 of the current season, Bayern stand at 58 goals scored, giving them an average of about 2.52 goals per game, which puts them on pace for about 86 goals.  To equal the record, they need to score an average of about 3.9 goals the rest of the way.

Up this week

After a tough game in Wolfsburg, the hits keep on coming, with fifth place Mainz 05 coming to visit the Allianz Arena.  Nobody expected the low-budget team to be in the Europa League spots, but Swiss coach Martin Schmidt has them overachieving, and getting respectable results, especially against some of the big boys of the league.

Goals Scored

Number of games remaining: 11

2015-16 - 58 goals

1971-72 - 62 goals

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

Matchday 24, 2015-16

Opponent: 1. FSV Mainz 05

Goals Allowed: 29

Result: TBD

Matchday 24, 1971-72

Opponent: Arminia Bielefeld

Goals Allowed: 44

Result: 1-0 win, Away

The record holders from 43 years ago traveled to the Ruhrpott to face relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld, who were wallowing in 17th place, and had given up a generous 44 goals up to that point.  When the top-scoring team meets a defensively-challenged opponent, the expectation is usually a shootout, but the hosts made life hard for the Reds, keeping them off the scoresheet for over an hour.  Unfortunately for Bielefeld, the game lasts a little longer than that, and Gerd Müller (who else?) would give the Bavarians all the offense it would need, with a 63rd minute strike that would hold up for a final 1-0 win.