2019-20 Bundesliga – Koln vs Borussia Dortmund Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Koln vs Borussia Dortmund kick off? Friday 23rd August, 2019 – 19:30 (UK)

Where is Koln vs Borussia Dortmund being played? RheinEnergieStadion

What is the weather forecast for Koln vs Borussia Dortmund? Clear, 20c

What television channel is Koln vs Borussia Dortmund on? Some Bundesliga matches are televised on BT Sport so check here for their TV schedule

Where can I stream Koln vs Borussia Dortmund? If televised on BT Sport, this match can be streamed live via the BT Sport website and app

Where can I get tickets for Koln vs Borussia Dortmund?

Koln – https://fc.de/fc-tickets/ticketnews/

Borussia Dortmund – https://www.eventimsports.de/ols/bvb/

What was the score when the teams last met? Koln 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

THE TEAM NEWS

KOLN

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Horn; Ehizibue, Czichos, Jorge Mere, Hector; Hoger, Verstraete; Schindler, Drexler, Kainz; Terrode

Unavailable: Clemens (Injured)

Doubtful: Schaub (Injured), Katterbach (Injured)

  • Koln's return to the top flight ended in a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg last Saturday but there is sure to be a tremendous atmosphere at the RheinEnergieStadion for their first home game of the season.
  • Louis Schaub is still struggling with the ankle injury that kept him out of the trip to Wolfsburg but young left-back Noah Katterbach has returned to full training this week.
  • Anthony Modeste started as a lone striker against Wolfsburg but Simon Terrode came off the bench and scored and Jhon Cordoba is back from suspension, so coach Achim Beierlorzer has options up front.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Burki; Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji, Schulz; Weigl, Witsel; Sancho, Reus, Hazard; Paco Alcacer

Unavailable: Morey (Injured)

Doubtful: Burki (Injured), Raphael Guerreiro (Injured)

  • Borussia Dortmund sent out an early statement of intent on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga, recovering from an early goal to thrash Augsburg 5-1 at home.
  • First-choice goalkeeper Roman Burki did not recover in time to face Augsburg but is likely to be fit for this one, while Raphael Guerreiro also returned to full training at the start of the week.
  • Coach Lucien Favre therefore has no major personnel concerns and will have been pleased to see attackers Jadon Sancho, Paco Alcacer, Marco Reus and summer signing Julian Brandt all get off the mark last weekend.

MATCH ANALYSIS

Borussia Dortmund were the second-highest scorers in the Bundesliga last season and their high-quality attack already looked in top form on Matchday 1 as they put five past Augsburg. Koln have plenty of goals in them as well so this should be an entertaining contest with plenty of goals.

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