Borussia Dortmund will look to get back to winning ways after the draw in Revierderby, and a 12th-place team looks perfect for just that. The match will occur at The Grand Signal Iduna Park and kick off by 5:30 PM (UTC) on Saturday.
The Black and Yellow currently sit second in the Bundesliga, just two points below league leaders Bayern Munich. They come in 11th place in Opta power rankings of all football clubs worldwide. Dortmund also has the third-best home record in the league.
Koln sit in the bottom half of the table at 12th with a -6 GD (Goal Difference). Koln have just one win across their last 8 games and haven’t scored in the last four.
Both teams will be going into the game with lots of players missing. The major players Dortmund will be missing are Julian Brandt, Karim Adeyemi and Youssoufa Moukoko. Gregor Kobel’s presence is also doubtful in the match. The Billy Goats will be missing major players: Florian Dietz, Jan Thielmann, Luca Kilian and Mark Uth.
Dortmund have won 10 of the 12 matches they’ve played in the post-World Cup. We predict a two-in-one outcome: Dortmund to win, and over 1.5 goals with odds at 1.62 (-161 American; 31/50 Fractional).
Reason: Dortmund has one of the best forms in the world right now, with just one loss in their last 12 matches. They’ve also scored two or more goals in 12 of their last 15 matches. Playing against Koln makes it easier: the Billy Goats have just one win in their last 14 matches and have just 4 clean sheets in the same run.
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