Bayern Munich – FC Koln Predictions
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Bayern Munich 1-1 FC Koln
Date: 24.01.2023 | Match at: 20:30 | League: GERMANY: BUNDESLIGA – ROUND 17 | Tip: Under 4.5 Goals | Odds: 1.52 | Bookie: Unibet.
Bayern Munich – FC Koln Predictions and Preview
- It wasn’t the easiest of returns to Bundesliga action for Bayern Munich, though a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Leipzig at least confirmed they will sit at the peak of German football at the half-way stage for the tenth time across the last 12 seasons. Boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted that his side were “average” against Leipzig, a level they must improve upon if they are to achieve a record-extending 11th consecutive Bundesliga crown.
- Returning to the Allianz Arena should boost confidence that Bayern can maintain their cushion at the top as they’re one of just three sides yet to taste defeat in a Bundesliga home game this season (W5, D2). In fact, the clinical Bavarians have netted a terrifying average of 5.25 goals per match across their last four home league outings, and considering they’ve scored at least three goals in the last three home H2Hs against Cologne, you wouldn’t bet against them adding to that incredible goal tally here.
- Scoring a hatful of goals was no problem for Cologne at the weekend, as Steffen Baumgart’s charges silenced their doubters by moving to within striking distance of the top-half thanks to a 7-1 win over Werder Bremen. That game saw the Billy Goats post the fastest time to achieve a five-goal lead in club history (36’) and was also their first seven goal Bundesliga haul since 1983!
- Repeating such a feat away to Bayern appears impossible considering Cologne have picked up just one of the last 24 available points in away league H2Hs (D1, L7), and you’d have to go all the way back to February 2009 to find their last victory here (2-1). That’s not to mention Cologne have lost their last three away league games by multi-goal margins and worryingly without reply, casting further doubt over the prospects of ending that winless away H2H run here.
- Players to watch: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting fittingly scored both Bayern’s last goal ahead of the winter break and their first goal since the return. It was an unbelievable day for Cologne’s Steffen Tigges last weekend as he hit a brace and assisted in the same game for the first time in Bundesliga action, including an incredibly clever goal from the halfway line!