Preview - FC Köln vs. Borussia Dortmund 24 August 19

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Match Day 2
FC Köln vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, August 24th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion

FC Köln:
Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.47
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.38
Top Scorer (18/19): Simon Terodde (29)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form:  L D W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.13
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.16
Top Scorer (18/19): Paco Alcácer (18)

FC Köln weren't given the friendliest of welcomes back to the Bundesliga at Wolfsburg on the opening weekend. Whilst they by no means played badly in that 2-1 defeat, things don't get any easier this weekend, as last seasons runners up Borussia Dortmund are the visitors to the RheinEnergieStadion.

This will be the first meeting of the sides since the 2017/18 season. FC Köln were relegated that year and suffered two defeats to Dortmund, losing 3-2 in this game and going down 5-0 at the Westfalenstadion.

Christian Clemens and Ismail Jakobs will be missing for the home side, whilst Dortmund must do without Mareu Morey and Raphael Guerreiro.

FC Köln were solid rather than spectacular at home in Bundesliga 2 last season, winning nine of seventeen overall. Given the increased quality of the opposition they will be doing well to hit that total in the current campaign.

Dortmund were solid on the road in winning nine of seventeen and only tasting defeat on three occasions.

With Bayern slipping up on the opening weekend, it's first blood to Borussia Dortmund in this seasons Bundesliga race. Having succeeded in building a big early lead over the Champions last season, they will be looking to do so once again, and they look to have the squad to do it. If they are to win the title, then these are the games they simply must be winning.

Prediction: FC Köln 1 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  7 - 13
Shots on target: 1 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 8
Possession: 30% - 70%

Birger Verstraete and Kingsley Ehizibue were booked for the home side, with referee Christian Dingert also taking the name of Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund.

An ultimately comfortable and deserved success for Dortmund who came out well ahead in all of the key stats. They were certainly made to work for it though by a spirited FC Köln outfit who took the lead via their only shot on target in the game.

That opening goal arrived in the 29th minute. A corner from the right-hand side being flicked on at the near post by Allyes Skhiri. Dominick Drexler the man arriving at the back post to finish low with a stooping header from a couple of yards. 1-0 at the break.

Dortmund were looking much more of a threat in the second half, but it still took until twenty minutes from time before they drew level. A short corner routine from the right worked to Jadon Sancho in the right corner of the eighteen-yard box. No one closed the England man down who finished really well into the bottom left.

Four minutes from time the turnaround was complete. Lovely passing move drown the right-hand side ending with Lukasz Piszczek dinking a cross into the area. Achraf Hakimi arriving to head home from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors then made sure of the points four minutes into added on time. Lightning quick attack on the counter with the hosts having pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Sancho bursting down the right and into the area, drawing the keeper towards him before playing the ball to his left to Paco Alcácer. Simple finish from Alcácer into the empty net. 1-3 final score.

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