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 ten games to have a chance. In fact, if they don't increase their goal production significantly this weekend, this series will come to an end for this season, as they will have fallen too far behind the pace needed.
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.
After matchday 24 of the current season, Bayern stand at 59 goals scored, giving them an average of about 2.46 goals per game, which puts them on pace for about 84 goals. To equal the record, they need to score an average of about 4.2 goals the rest of the way.
Up this week
Maybe Bayern were looking ahead to this Saturday's game, which could explain the shocking 1-2 loss to Mainz 05. At home!!! But, now comes Der Klassiker, the biggest game and rivalry that the Bundesliga currently has to offer, as FC Bayern travels to Dortmund, to face the yellow and black wall. The first leg in the Hinrunde was dominated by Bayern at home, beating their main competition by a whopping 5-1 scoreline. Can they repeat that feat? Or will Dortmund manage to shorten Bayern's lead down to a mere two points?
Number of games remaining: 10
2015-16 - 59 goals
1971-72 - 63 goals
Pace: This season's FC Bayern is four behind the 1971/72 team.
Matchday 25, 2015-16
Opponent: Borussia Dortmund
Goals Allowed: 25
Matchday 25, 1971-72
Opponent: VfL Bochum
Goals Allowed: 49
Result: 5-1 win, Home
The record holders from 43 years ago welcomed VfL Bochum to Munich, and proceeded to be very bad hosts.Forward Franz Krauthausen would open the scoring in the sixth minute, before teammate Gerd Müller would double the lead for Bayern in the 36th minute. A Bochum goal by VfL forward Hans-Werner Hartl, right at the end of the first half, would give the guests some hope.
But, the second half was all Bayern, as Müller would score on two headers in the 56th and 87th minutes, to ratchet the score up to 4-1, before an own goal by Bochum in the 90th minute would finish the game at 5-1 for the Reds.