Preview - Cologne vs Borussia Dortmund 3 Feb

Started by aaguerra90, Feb 03, 2018, 01:19 AM

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Match Day 21
Borussia Dortmund vs Cologne
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
3:30 am
Stadium: Rhein Energie Stadion

Cologne:
Last six matches: L W L W W 
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Sehrou Guirassy (4)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last six matches: W W L D D
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13)

After the first half of the season, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Cologne; they had an abysmal first 17 matches. They seem to have made positive adjustments in the new year though. In spite of that, however, Cologne are still in last place and sit seven points away from safety and four points from the final relegation playoff spot.

Borussia Dortmund is having a roller coaster season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, their talismanic forward, left for Arsenal. Dortmund replaced Aubameyang with Michy Batshuayi with the hopes that the Belgian will be as prolific as the Gabonese was.

The first round match between these two teams was completely one sided. Dortmund were rampant winners with a 5-0 score line. Currently though, Cologne seem to be in better form overall with three wins in their last six games while Dortmund has only managed two wins.

Talent is on Dortmund's side for this matchup. The only question is: will they be able to replace their top goal scorer and close out the season in a positive manner?

Prediction: Cologne 1-2 Dortmund

aaguerra90

Half Time: 0:1
Full Time: 2:3
Shots: 13:12
Shots on target: 5:6
Corner Kicks: 5:2
Possession: 49:51

It was a great debut for Michy Batshuayi as he scored a brace and handed an assist to give Borussia Dortmund the win versus Cologne. The Belgian opened the scoring in the 35th minute after some wonderful skill from Jeremy Toljan set him free with a wonderful pass. Batshuayi thought he had a second in the 44th minute, only to have it called back by the referee.

Cologne managed to score the leveler through a Simon Zoller header after a parry from Roman Burki in the 60th minute. The draw was short lived though, as in the 62nd minute Christian Pulisic split the Cologne defense and sent Batshuayi through on goal. The striker made no mistake and finished calmly to put the score at 2-1.

Cologne kept pushing to find the equalizer, and managed to do so in the 70th minute. Spaniard Jorge Mere was able to head in a corner served by Jonas Hector for the 2-2.

The stars were aligned for Dortmund and Batshuayi though. In the 84th minute Batshuayi and Andre Schurrle combined and the German was free to tuck in the winning goal, even after his first attempt was saved by the goalkeeper.

Borussia Dortmund are in second place now level on points with Bayer Leverkusen, albeit with one more game played.

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