Preview - FC Köln vs. Bayern Munich 16 February 20

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Match Day 22
FC Köln  vs. Bayern Munich
Sunday, February 16th 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion

FC Köln:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 1.90
Top Scorer: Jhon Córdoba (7)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.76
Average goals against per match: 1.10
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (22)

Bayern Munich are now back in their customary position at the top of the Bundesliga table, but have very little room to breather in what is starting to look like a title race which may go right down to the wire. Next up for the defending champions is this trip to take on an FC Köln outfit who may be down in 13th but have been in decent form of late.

Bayern have won six of the past seven meetings between these sides including a 3-1 success in the game here last season and a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Thomas Kessler looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Bayern are expected to be without Javi Martínez, Niklas Süle and Ivan Perisic.

FC Köln have been a team on the rise of late and head into this having won five of their past six in the Bundesliga - including each of their last four here at home. They have particularly impressed at the back here of late having kept three clean sheets in their past four.

Bayern are unbeaten in their last seven in the Bundesliga - winning six. They have won six of ten away from home overall, scoring two or more in seven of those games.

As well as Köln have been playing of late, Bayern do remain a notch above most sides in the division and will be expecting to pick up all three points. It may not be entirely straightforward, but we do expect the champs to get the win.

Prediction: FC Köln  1 - 3 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 3
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots: 13 - 24
Shots on target: 6 - 8
Corner Kicks: 1 - 6
Possession: 39% - 61%

Sebastian Bornauw was the only player booked for the home side in this one, with Jerome Boateng, Thiago and Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich all also having their names taken by referee Felix Zwayer.

This was all over by the end of the 12th minute. Bayern took the lead three minutes in. A lovely slick passing move from the left ending with Thomas Muller slipping in Robert Lewandowski in the left of the area. No mistake from Lewandowski to emphatically smash home into the top left from around 10 yards out.

Just two minutes later it was two. Another wonderful passing move, again ending with Muller providing the assist. This time finding Kingsley Coman around the penalty spot, who then finished down the middle via a slight deflection.

The third arrived in the twelfth minute. A corner from the right finding Serge Gnabry around nine yards out at the back post. Gnabry drifting inside and drilling a sixteen-yard effort from a central position into the bottom right.

0-3 after 12 minutes but no further damage by half-time.

The fourth goal did arrive in the 66th minute. Gnabry drifting in from the left-flank, moving between two markers and firing a fine strike into the right-hand side from 18-yards and to the left of centre.

The home side had the last word when grabbing a consolation in the 70th minute. Florian Kainz played in in the left of the area and playing a ball across goal. Mark Uth the man arriving to supply the tap in at the far post.

4-1 final score.

Bayern move back to the top with this win - one point clear of second placed RB Leipzig. FC Koln drop down one place to fourteenth but are still six points clear of the relegation zone.

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