As usual on the other side of the Rhine, Bayern Munich did not really suffer from competition last year by winning its 9th consecutive German championship title, far enough ahead of Leipzig and even more ahead of Dortmund, despite some cons quite unprecedented performances. On the other hand, the Bavarians fished in the European Cup by being knocked out from the quarter-finals of the Champions League by PSG and they were also quickly eliminated in the German Cup by a club from the 2nd division. In friendly, the men of Jurgen Nagelsmann, who arrived this summer from Leipzig, suffered against Cologne 3-2, Ajax 2-2, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-2, and Naples 0-3. Last Saturday, they were able to avoid defeat against Mönchengladbach again on Matchday 1 before winning in Dortmund in the German Supercup on Tuesday night 1-3. Cologne, for its part, suffered enormously last year.
If the 2019-2020 season did not pose a problem, the club had to resolve to play the play-offs to keep its place in the top flight. But in the end, he was able to dominate Holstein Kiel defeat 0-1 in the first leg, victory 1-5 in the return. On the other hand, Steffen Baumgart's men gained confidence this summer by winning 3 wins in 4 games played against Fortuna Cologne 0-4, Duisburg 1-1, Bayern Munich 3-2 and Shaffhausen 2-0. Then forced to go through a penalty shootout to eliminate Carl Zeiss Jena in the German Cup 1-1, 2-4 tab, the Goats were on the other hand able to dominate Hertha Berlin 3-1 without too much problem during the 1st day.
For a club with such pedigree and ambition, Bayern Munich possess a truly awful defensive record of late, failing to keep a clean sheet in eight consecutive Bundesliga matches, as well as managing just two shutouts in 20 top-flight fixtures. As for FC Koln, they have both scored and conceded in six of their last eight games at this elite level.
Bayern Munich vs FC Koln Prediction
Hitting the back of the net has proven to be no problem for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga home games of late, as they have managed to do so in each of their previous 13 encounters. As for FC Koln they have now been involved in five consecutive away matches at this level in which the net has bulged at both ends, so something similar is expected when the teams meet.
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