Köln Look to Escape Relegation Zone
FC Köln have opened up the Bundesliga season in disastrous fashion, with one win, three draws and seven losses. Currently, they’re in 17th place of 18 teams in the Bundesliga heading into Matchday 11. Friday’s match figures to be another difficult one, as they host an in-form Bayern Munich. Bayern have won their last five Bundesliga matches and are chasing league leaders Bayer Leverkusen. Thomas Tuchel will expect his side to come away with three points and we’ll see what their chances are as we preview the FC Köln vs Bayern Munchen head to head odds.
Last season, both games between these sides were close. Although, Bayern Munich finished ten places ahead of FC Köln in the Bundesliga table, the first meeting of the season finished in a 1-1 draw. Köln led for nearly the entire match but a Joshua Kimmich equalizer preserved a draw for Bayern. In the reverse fixture, Bayern Munich picked up a 2-1 win on the road as Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala got on the scoresheet. Köln’s last win over Bayern Munich was 12 years ago and Bayern have won 16 of the last 18 FC Köln vs Bayern Munchen head to head meetings.
Köln Struggling to Stay Afloat
FC Köln have been a poor pick for soccer betting so far this season. They’re level on points with last-placed Union Berlin but are in 17th on goal difference. Köln have scored the fewest goals in the league, with just nine through 11 matches. Just before the November international break, they drew 1-1 at VfL Bochum. The Billy Goats fell behind in the first half and Bochum created a ton of chances.
Köln keeper Marvin Schwabe kept them in the match with a number of excellent saves. Davie Selke finished off a pass from Linton Maina to equalize in the second half. FC Köln have now drawn their last two matches by a 1-1 scoreline. There’s been some noticeable improvement over the last five matches, as they’ve lost just two of them.
Still, Köln are just 1-3-7 this season and may find themselves in a relegation scrap by season’s end. Florian Kainz and Selke have both scored three goals this season but haven’t gotten much help. Midfielder Dejan Ljubicic is dealing with an illness but he should be available for Friday’s match.
Bayern Blowing Away Opponents
Bayern Munich have scored a ridiculous 42 goals through 11 Bundesliga matches. Harry Kane has scored 17 of them alone and he’s set a record for the most goals at this stage of a Bundesliga season. Kane has also scored more goals than the Bundesliga’s joint-Golden Boot winners scored all of last season. Before the international break, England’s number nine scored twice for Bayern in a 4-2 win over Heidenheim.
The Bavarians looked to be cruising to victory, with a 2-0 lead, but two mistakes in quick succession allowed Heidenheim back into the game. With the match level at two, Bayern stormed back to score two goals, from Raphael Guerreiro and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and grab a 4-2 win. It was Bayern’s fifth win in a row in the Bundesliga and they’ve averaged over five goals per game during that time.
Bayern have been one of the best soccer bets today and they’re also a perfect 4-0 in the Champions League so far. Thomas Tuchel’s side are out of the DFB-Pokal but they are expected to challenge for both the Bundesliga and UCL. Right now, Bayern are an unbeaten 9-2-0 in the Bundesliga but trail leaders Bayer Leverkusen by two points. Bettors should note that Jamal Musiala and Matthijs de Ligt are out injured for Friday’s match.
Match Analysis & Odds
Both Bundesliga teams have scored in six of the last seven FC Köln vs Bayern Munchen head to head meetings. Plus, Bayern have gotten on the scoresheet in their last 19 games vs Köln. Bayern Munich are -400 favorites for Friday’s match and they’ve won their last nine Bundesliga matches on the road at Köln. Bettors can also take Bayern -1.5, -2 at -120 odds and they’ve beaten each of their last five Bundesliga opponents by at least a two-goal margin.
Along with Kane, Leroy Sane has been in excellent form for Bayern Munich. The winger has scored eight goals and provided six assists in the league this season. Köln +1.5, +2 sits at even odds and they’ve lost four matches by a two-goal margin or more thus far.
The hosts are also +925 underdogs and wins over Bayern are becoming exceedingly rare for them. A draw is also priced at +585 odds as over 3.5 goals display -130 odds. Over half of Köln’s goals this season have come in their last four games and they’ve conceded in every single match they’ve played in the Bundesliga.