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Cologne play host to away side Bayern Munich at RheinEnergieStadion in the Bundesliga 1 fixture on Friday.
View all of the Cologne v Bayern Munich predictions, poll and stats below - along with the latest match odds.
Cologne enter this fixture following a 1-1 Bundesliga 1 drawn game vs VfL Bochum.
In that match, Cologne managed 48% possession and 10 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The scorer for Cologne was Davie Selke (54'). Bochum had 25 attempts at goal with 9 on target. Lukas Daschner (25') was the scorer for VfL Bochum.
Fixtures involving Cologne have usually been engaging encounters recently with a lot of goalmouth action expected. Over their past six games, the sum total of 22 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 7 of these coming from Cologne.
Leading up to this clash, Cologne:
- have left without a victory over Bayern Munich in their previous 18 league games. That has got to hurt.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 home league matches.
Bayern Munich go into this encounter following a 4-2 Bundesliga 1 win with the eclipse of Heidenheim in their previous outing.
In that game, Bayern Munich had 73% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. For Bayern Munich, goals were scored by Harry Kane (14', 44'), Raphaël Guerreiro (72') and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (85'). At the other end, Heidenheim had 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Tim Kleindienst (67') and Jan-Niklas Beste (70') scored for Heidenheim.
The attack-minded Bayern Munich have managed to bag a plethora of goals in their past six clashes (22 to be exact). That works out as the impressive average of 3.67 goals scored per match during this time. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Bayern Munich:
- remain undefeated by Cologne when they have played them away from home in the previous 9 league matches. A fantastic record for the visitors.
- have not been beaten in their last 7 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head meetings going back to 31/10/2020 shows that these fixtures have not been kind to Cologne. They’ve not managed to come away with any wins whatsoever while Bayern Munich have just been stronger than them, running out winners in 83% of those matches.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 23 in all at an average of 3.83 goals per match.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 34 on 27/05/2023 and the score finished Cologne 1-2 Bayern Munich.
In that game, Cologne managed 47% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 on target. Their only player to score was Dejan Ljubičić (81').
On the other side, Bayern Munich had 11 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Kingsley Coman (8') and Jamal Musiala (89') scored.
The referee was Sven Jablonski.
Team News: Cologne
The Cologne manager Steffen Baumgart will be grateful not to have any fitness worries whatsoever coming into this game with a fully healthy squad to pick from.
We are thinking that Köln could employ a 4-2-3-1 system this time and select Marvin Schwaebe, Rasmus Carstensen, Timo Huebers, Julian Chabot, Dominique Heintz, Dejan Ljubicic, Eric Martel, G. Waldschmidt, Florian Kainz, Linton Maina and Davie Selke.
Team News: Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Tarek Buchmann (Torn muscle bundle), Jamal Musiala (Hamstring injury), Tom Hülsmann (Hamstring injury) and Matthijs de Ligt (Inner knee ligament tear) are not ready for selection.
We reckon that Bayern seem likely to elect for a 4-2-3-1 formation with a starting lineup of Manuel Neuer, Noussair Mazraoui, Dayot Upamecano, Min-Jae Kim, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Thomas Mueller, Kingsley Coman and Harry Kane.
In our view, Bayern Munich have the ability to convert a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.
However, Cologne could well find it tough finding the net themselves but we do fancy them converting at least once.
Therefore, we are anticipating a comfortable 1-3 win for Bayern Munich at the end of the 90 minutes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (50,000)
Captain: Florian Kainz
Chairman: Werner Wolf
Manager: Steffen Baumgart
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 17
🔑 Key Man: Luca Waldschmidt
Mostly played in the Striker position, Luca Waldschmidt was born in Siegen, Germany. After having made a senior debut playing for Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2014 - 2015 season, the accomplished Forward has hit 2 league goals in this Bundesliga 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in 10 appearances.