Bayern Munich must pick themselves up after the massive disappointment of missing out on the Champions League final, as they travel to FC Koln in the penultimate round of Bundesliga fixtures. There’s no doubt that Jupp Heynckes’ side will be demoralised, which could give the hosts a sniff of victory.
Where and when: RheinEnergieStadion – 5 May, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see FC Koln vs. Bayern Munich: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Koln put in a valiant display at the Allianz Arena just before the winter break, only going down to a single goal from Robert Lewandowski on the hour.
FC Koln v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
It’ll take all of Heynckes’ many years of experience to pick his players up after Tuesday’s narrow miss in Spain. After pushing Real Madrid all the way in their mammoth European semi-final clash, a trip to bottom club Koln is hardly one to set Bavarian pulses racing.
Bayern Munich are 1/3 for the win, as they look to inflict a 21st defeat of the season on their already-relegated hosts. Despite their European disappointment, Die Roten have won 17 of their last 19 Bundesliga fixtures, and they’re strong favourites to record their 27th victory in 33 games.
Koln meanwhile have only managed five wins all season, with three of those coming at home. Victory against the runaway champions – whatever the circumstances – would be a decent way for Stefan Ruthenbeck’s side to end their four-year stay in Germany’s top flight in their final home game.
The Billy Goats are available as long as 9/1 for an unlikely win, although they’ll have to manage without Jorge Mere who’s suspended. Christian Clemens, Sehrou Guirassy, Simon Zoller and Matthias Lehmann have all been struggling with various injuries, and are doubts for this one.
Manuel Neuer has been back in training for while after his broken foot, but Bayern are refusing to rush him back into action. The ‘keeper will be anxious to play some competitive football before the summer’s World Cup, and could come in for Sven Ulreich after his howler against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Die Roten will be without Jerome Boateng, Kingsley Coman and Arturo Vidal for the last two games of the season, while Arjen Robben is also struggling. In spite of injuries to key men, Koln would probably still take a point from this game, with the draw priced at 5/1.
One to watch for FC Koln: Simon Terodde is Koln’s top scorer for the season, even though he only arrived at the club in January. He’s available at 10/1 in the first goalscorer market at the weekend.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Sandro Wagner could get the nod to start after Lewandowski’s recent dip in form. He’s 9/2 to open the scoring, and the same price to bag the last goal of the game.
Long shot: Bayern beat Koln 4-1 in this same fixture six years ago to the day. If the Bavarians come out with all guns blazing as they look to get over their European failure, this scoreline could come into play – it’s priced at 15/1.