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Bayern Munich will be the visitors at RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday for the Bundesliga 1 clash with home side Cologne.
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Cologne are hoping to win again after their last result, the 1-3 Bundesliga 1 success over Hertha Berlin.
In that game, Cologne managed 47% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 7 on target. For Cologne, the goalscorers were Anthony Modeste (29'), Ondrej Duda (32') and Jan Thielmann (91'). Hertha BSC got 11 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Vladimír Darida (57') was the scorer for Hertha Berlin.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times where Cologne have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Cologne have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 7 goals along the way. We shall soon find out if that trend can be continued on here.
Heading into this contest, Cologne have not emerged victorious against Bayern Munich in their last 15 matches in the league. A shocking run, it really is.
Since a loss in their previous game against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Bundesliga 1 action, Bayern Munich will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Bayern Munich had 62% possession and 18 shots at goal with 7 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Bayern Munich was Robert Lewandowski (18'). On the other side, Borussia Mönchengladbach had 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Florian Neuhaus (27') and Stefan Lainer (31') scored for Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In their last half-dozen clashes, Bayern Munich have helped themselves to a tally of 18 goals. Bayern Munich have also managed to score in every single one of those games. During that period, they’ve had 5 goals go into their own net.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Bayern Munich:
- haven't been beaten by Cologne when they have played them away from home in the previous 7 matches in the league. Travelling fans have really enjoyed these clashes.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 05/05/2018 shows that these fixtures have been disappointments for Cologne. They’ve not been able to get themselves any wins whatsoever whereas Bayern Munich have simply been better than them, running out winners in 100 per cent of those matches played.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 27 overall at an average of 4.5 goals per meeting.
The previous league match featuring these clubs was Bundesliga 1 match day 2 on 22/08/2021 when it finished Bayern Munich 3-2 Cologne.
That time, Bayern Munich had 57% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. The goals were scored by Robert Lewandowski (50') and Serge Gnabry (58', 71').
On the other side, Cologne had 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Anthony Modeste (60') and Mark Uth (62') scored.
The referee was Martin Petersen.
Team News: Cologne
The Cologne boss Steffen Baumgart will be grateful to have no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this game owing to a completely injury-free group to pick from.
We think that Köln will possibly opt for a 4-3-1-2 system for the game, handing starts to Marvin Schwaebe, Benno Schmitz, Luca Kilian, Timo Huebers, Jonas Hector, Louis Schaub, Salih Oezcan, Ondrej Duda, Florian Kainz, Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth.
Team News: Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Lucas Hernández (Corona virus), Alphonso Davies (Heart Condition) and Leon Goretzka (Hip problems) are those who can’t be considered. The suspended players who are serving a ban for this game are Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr.
From our viewpoint, Bayern will likely elect for a 4-2-3-1 lineup using Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Suele, Marcel Sabitzer, Marc Roca, Corentin Tolisso, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Mueller, Jamal Musiala and Robert Lewandowski.
Our feeling is that Bayern Munich will probably get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
In contrast, Cologne will not find it easy to get goals of their own- but, we do see them converting at least once as well.
We’re therefore anticipating a fairly comfortable 1-3 margin for Bayern Munich at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (50,000)
Captain: Jonas Hector
Chairman: Werner Wolf
Manager: Steffen Baumgart
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 6, DFB-Pokal (Third Round)
⭐ Key Player: Mark Uth
Normally deployed in the Striker position, Mark Uth was born in Köln, Germany. Having made his senior debut playing for SC Heerenveen in the 2012 - 2013 season, the dangerous Forward has managed 3 league goals in the Bundesliga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date coming from a total of 15 appearances.