Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Signal Iduna Park.
The rampaging Billy Goats are coming to Signal Iduna Park hoping to continue their winning run and make it five in a row against shaky but massively entertaining title challenger.
Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln: Match Preview
Erling Haaland came, saw and conquered on his Bundesliga debut, scoring a hat-trick in just 23 minutes from the bench in an eight-goal thriller and huge 3-5 comeback at Augsburg.
Die Borussen aren’t giving up hope in the title race; sitting fourth following first Bundesliga round of 2020, seven points behind league leaders Leipzig, Favre’s men are still in the running though they must work on their consistency and bloody awful away form.
In front of their Great Yellow Wall, The BVB are yet to be defeated. With 26 goals scored, they’re second best home team in Germany; with just 9 goals conceded, they’re tied with greatest defenses of Bundesliga. All that with game or two in hand.
Jhon Cordoba struck twice with Jonas Hector also getting on the scoresheet as Cologne continued their recent revival with their fourth victory in a row, 3-1 beating of Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon.
Having won just eight points up till the beginning of December, everyone expected Koln to go down to second division, but Gisdol’s men responded in spectacular fashion, winning against all odds v Leverkusen which kickstarted their uprising and right now they are at 13th, three points off Bremen and relegation places.
The Billy Goats don’t do well outside of RheinEnergieStadion, having managed just two wins and a draw from nine games but the Billy Goats did win on their last road trip after being 2-nill down at Frankfurt.
Dan-Axel Zagadou and Thomas Delaney are close to return for Favre’s side, with Marcel Schmelzer being an unknown but all three most likely won’t be in contention for Friday’s clash.
Lasse Sobiech, Matthias Bader and Christian Clemens are slowly getting up to speed, but neither is deemed fit enough and won’t play against Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (88 games): Borussia Dortmund 37 wins, 23 draws, 1. FC Köln 28 wins.
- Borussia Dortmund have 24-13-6 record at home versus The Billy Goats.
- The BVB are on a three-game winning (six-game unbeaten) streak v Köln.
- Both teams have scored in five of last seven head-to-head meetings.
- Five of their last seven encounters ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln: Prediction
Both sides were the contestants in some of the most ridiculous score-lines this season, especially Borussia so this game should be another entertaining two hours of football. With that in mind, I’d recommend you go with goals in the second half. It’s becoming Dortmund’s trademark for all hell to break loose after the break, so I expect similar scenario in Friday’s game.
Borussia at Westfalen, in front of their own fans, with all that attacking potency equals goals. Just twice this season The BVB games here ended with fewer than four goals scored and with Koln being calamitous on the road v big sides, we can once more expect goals galore.
Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln: Betting tips
Second Half: Over 1.5 goals @ 1.67
Second Half: Over 2.5 goals @ 3.00 for brave punters
Over 3.5 goals @ 1.98.