Koln target a fourth Bundesliga win in five matches when Borussia Dortmund visit RheinEnergieStadion on Friday night.
All is not lost for the rock bottom outfit despite their league position, and the recent three points against fellow strugglers Hamburg provided the perfect lift for the club.
Where and when: RheinEnergieStadion – 2 February, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Koln vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: The sides played out a 1-1 draw with Marco Reus netting an equaliser in injury time.
Koln vs. Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
Having stolen a march on giants Bayern Munich at the beginning of the campaign, the outlook appeared rosy for Dortmund. Peter Bosz made a stunning start to life as Thomas Tuchel‘s replacement with six successes from the first seven matches, but this proved short lived and the Dutchman received his marching orders before the winter break.
From leading the way to now finding themselves in fifth place, there is a real chance the visitors miss out on not only Champions League football, but European qualification altogether.
Five defeats and three draws from October to mid-December has completely destabilised the team and the uncertainty surrounding the future of leading striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not helped. In his place, Andre Schurrle has failed to inspire in the forward’s role and Alexander Isak is simply too raw to be thrusted in from the opening whistle.
Still, BVB are the favourites for the encounter at 7/10, and this would be their first win in four matches. Playmaker Shinji Kagawa is in the goals and has notched in back-to-back appearances. The Japanese international is 4/1 to open proceedings.
20th placed Koln will fancy their chances, and quite rightly. A quite remarkable run of form has seen the host go from relegation certainties to potential survivors. Stefan Ruthenbeck’s men are priced at 15/4 to pick up another result and continue the fine momentum they are building. Striker Simon Terodde bagged a priceless brace against Hamburg and is 12/1 to get on the scoresheet anytime during the 90.
One to watch for Koln: Frederik Sorensen has four strikes to his name this campaign and is a threat from full-back. The defender is 15/1 to net last.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Jet heeled Christian Pulisic has the licence to attack from the wing and will be a threat throughout. The young American is 9/1 to get himself a goal.
Long shot: The clash really could go either way and goal difference may be a factor at the end of the term, particularly at the foot of the table. Historically, both sides tend to score in this fixture and on the last six occasions, have shared 23 goals. A thrilling 3-3 draw is priced at 66/1.