Tip Bayern Munich - Köln
German giants Bayern Munich showed their finesse in their away match at Lazio in the Champions League and will be gunning for the same when they resume Bundesliga action. A home game against Cologne is next in their roster and opening up a gap at the top is their main agenda. Bayern are at the summit of the Bundesliga standings with 49 points while Cologne are 14th with 21 points. The champions struggled a bit upon their return from the Club World Cup, drawing 3-3 with Arminia Bielefeld before losing 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. However, a 4-1 win at Lazio was a stark reminder of the class they still hold, though after the last two league matches, their lead has been trimmed to just two points. Bayern’s biggest threat in the season is in their attack, however, the greatest concern lies in the defence. The giants have conceded the joint most goals in the top seven of the Bundesliga at the moment. They have conceded in nine of the last 15 matches across all competitions. Four of their last five league matches have produced over 2.5 goals. Bayern have won seven of their last 10 league matches, and are unbeaten in 20 at home, with 16 wins therein. Robert Lewandowski has been in top form this season and go to this game having scored five goals in the last five matches. However, a combination of injuries and Covid-19 related issues will mean they miss key men both in defence and attack.
Cologne didn’t have a midweek fixture and should be well rested for this game, as they look to rise further away from the relegation region. In their last two matches they haven’t helped themselves a lot on this aspect, as both have ended in losses, leaving the team just four points out of the drop zone. They have no clean sheet in seven matches, and just one in 10, while they’ve failed to score in six of the 10 a very bad stat, heading to a clash with the league leaders. In Bundesliga alone, Cologne have failed to score in seven of the last 10 matches. This season, in the 11 away league matches, they’ve managed just four wins, and have three losses in the last five. Four of their last five away league matches have produced over 2.5 goals. Cologne have not only lost each of their last six matches against Bayern, they haven’t beaten Bayern Munich in 13 straight meetings.
Key points Bayern Munich - Köln
Bayern Munich have conceded in nine of their last 15 matches.
Bayern are unbeaten in 20 home league matches.
Four of Cologne’s last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Cologne have failed to score in seven of the last 10 league matches
Four of Bayern’s last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Conclusion Bayern Munich - Köln
Bayern Munich are outright favorites here and after their slump in the last two league matches, will want to come back strongly. They’re backed by a poor away run their opponents carry. While the champions don’t have a lot of clean sheets, they should be able to handle easily an opponent that doesn’t score consistently. Bayern look well placed to win both halves here.
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Bayern Munich Köln Prediction published on February 25, 2021