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Borussia Dortmund vs. Cologne Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
26 November 2020
Saturday 28 November
Signal Iduna Park - Bundesliga
Second-from-top Borussia Dortmund welcome second-from-bottom Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Dortmund are on the heels of leaders Bayern Munich but can’t afford to let the champions get too far in front.
Dortmund thrashed Cologne when the sides last met, with a brace from Erling Haaland and goals from Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro.
Cologne haven't beaten Dortmund since the 2015-16 season, when a last minute Anthony Modeste goal gave them a 2-1 win. Sokratis had put Dortmund in front inside the first 20 minutes, but Simon Zoller levelled with less than 10 minutes to play before Modeste sealed the points for the Billy Goats.
Lucien Favre’s injury crisis is coming to an end with Mats Hummels and Emre Can both returning at the weekend. Thorgan Hazard was fit enough to feature on the bench and will hope to get minutes this weekend, although Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marcel Schmelzer both remain sidelined.
Markus Gidsol is expected to remain with his four-man defence, with a number of key players side-lined. Benno Schmitz, Florian Kainz and Jonas Hector all missed out last weekend, with Anthony Modeste also unlikely to feature against Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Cologne Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Borussia Dortmund face Bundesliga strugglers Cologne this weekend, with the host 1.25 to take the win. The visitors are yet to take three points this season, and at 11.00 to do so here, are unlikely to have much luck on Saturday. The draw is priced at 6.25.
Favre’s side lost the league lead with a defeat to Bayern Munich before the international break, but bounced back with a 5-2 win against Hertha Berlin. This does not make for pretty viewing for their opponents this weekend, with Gidsol’s side yet to keep a clean sheet in the Bundesliga this season.
Dortmund have struggled themselves defensively of late, whilst conceding three to Bayern can be forgiven, it was a surprise to see Matheus Cunha bag a brace last weekend. Favre’s back-line has been unsettled by injury this season and are not as secure as a title-challenging defence should be, if Cologne had a go at them, they may have a change of getting something out of the game.
Unfortunately for the visitors, their strikers have had little luck this season with an average of one goal per game. Against Dortmund’s prolific front line, even if they do get on the scoresheet, it would take a stretch of the imagination not to see them conceding two or more.
Dortmund to win and over 2.5 goals scored at 1.57
The hosts are heavy favourites and Haaland cannot stop scoring at the moment. He should fill his boots here.
Dortmund to score under 1.5 goals in the first half at 1.39
Favre’s team have been slow starters at times this season, with all of their goals scored after half time last weekend. That’s when opponents tire and Dortmund find another gear.