Top ten strike partnerships
36 goals - FC Bayern München's deadly duo of Robert Lewandowski (r.) and Thomas Müller are the most prolific pair at this stage of a season in Bundesliga history. The two have netted a combined 36 goals, with Lewandowski plundering 21 and Müller 15. © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst/Bongarts
35 goals - That tally is one more than the sum managed by Gerd Müller (r.) and Uli Hoeneß in 1972/73. Müller had notched 23 goals and Uli Hoeneß 12 in FC Bayern's first 21 matches, with the Reds winning the league that season. © imago / imago/WEREK
33 goals - Close behind them are Uwe Seeler (r.), scorer of 21 goals, and Charly Dörfel (not pictured), scorer of 12, for Hamburger SV in the 1963/64 campaign. HSV would miss out on the title, however, as 1. FC Köln took the inaugural Bundesliga crown. © imago
32 goals - Peter Meyer (r.) and Herbert Laumen (l.) of Borussia Mönchengladbach had scored a combined 32 times times at this stage of the 1967/68 campaign. Meyer struck 19 for a free-scoring Foals side, while Laumen netted 13. © imago
32 goals - Their tally equals that of Franz Brungs (l.) and Heinz Strehl (r.) from the 1967/68 season. Brungs already had 20 goals at this point, while Strehl had 12. Their club 1. FC Nürnberg would be crowned Bundesliga champions at the end of the season. © imago / Werner Otto
30 goals - In 1984, 1. FC Köln duo Pierre Littbarski (r.) and Klaus Allofs (l.) had scored 13 and 17 goals respectively after the first 21 games of the campaign. © imago / Sven Simon
30 goals - Gerd Müller features again in this list, this time with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (l.). The duo combined for 30 goals in 1976/77 - 20 for Müller and ten for Rummenigge - in the season's first 19 matches. © imago / Werner Otto
30 goals - Hoeneß (l.) and Müller feature again in this list, this time for their exploits in the 1973/74 season. Der Bomber had helped himself to 20 goals after 21 matches, while Hoeneß had hit ten. In 1971/72, the pair also had 30 goals at this point: 23 for Müller and seven for Hoeneß.
30 goals - Müller (r.) features again from that season, as his 23 goals in 1971/72 also combined to make 30 thanks to the seven-goal contribution of Franz Roth (l.). © imago / Rust
30 goals - Müller (r.) makes an appearance for a hugely impressive fifth time on this list, on this occasion with Rainer Ohlhauser (c.). The duo scored a combined 30 goals (21 for Müller) in 1966/67.
29 goals>b> - Meanwhile, falling just outside the top ten, we have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (l.) and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund. Aubameyang has 20 goals so far this season, but has been pipped to first place in the scoring charts by Lewandowski. © gettyimages / Alexander Scheuber