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Bayern Munich vs FC Koln Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News
90min
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:48

Bayern Munich vs FC Koln Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

90min
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:48

Bayern Munich vs FC Koln Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News
​Having swept aside Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League in midweek, Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga action on Saturday to take on struggling FC Koln. 
Having dropped points against both Hertha BSC and league leaders RB Leipzig, Bayern sit fourth in the table with eight points and will expect to return to winning ways. 
Koln, meanwhile, have picked up just three points from 12 available, lingering just above the relegation zone. 
Heres 90mins preview of the game.
Where to Watch



​When Is Kick Off?

Saturday 21 September​

​What Time Is Kick Off?

​14:30 (BST)

​Where Is it Played?

​Allianz Arena

​TV Channel/Live Stream?

​beIN Sports HD 5

​Referee?

​Patrick Ittrich
Where to Buy Tickets
Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.
Team News
​Left back David Alaba and central midfielder Leon Goretzka remain the only absentees for ​Bayern, having both suffered hamstring problems.
Alaba is expected to return sooner, however, with the possibility of playing a part the following weekend, while Goretzka has been ruled out for a month. 
Koln are missing both Christian Clemens and Birger Verstraete through injury, but otherwise should be operating close to full strength.
Predicted Lineups



​Bayern

Neuer; Kimmich, Pavard, Sule, Hernandez; Tolisso, Thiago; Gnabry, Coutinho, Coman; Lewandowski. ​

​Koln

​Horn; Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Hector; Schaub, Skhiri, Hoger, Drexler; Cordoba, Modeste. 
Head to Head Record
Bayern have, unsurprisingly, dominated this fixture in the Bundesliga, winning 11 times compared to Kolns two victories.
This has extended to more recent years too, with Kolns last victory over the Bavarians going as far back as 2011.
The meeting will be their first since the 2017/18 campaign, with the visitors bouncing back from relegation to earn promotional back to the top flight last season. In those games, Bayern emerged victorious 1-0 at the Allianz Arena, winning the reverse fixture in Cologne 3-1.
Recent Form
Bayern havent been at their all-conquering best thus far, with some terrific results intwined with surprising dropped points. Scoring goals hasnt been too much of an issue, though, with leading light Robert Lewandowski continuing to fire up front; the Pole already on seven strikes for the season.
On the other hand, Koln have struggled since their return to Germanys top flight, losing three of their four matches, and it would be a shock for them to get anything from the game. 
Heres how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:
​Bayern

Koln​

​Bayern 3-0 RS Belgrade (18/9)

​Koln 0-1 Monchengladbach (14/9)

​Leipzig 1-1 Bayern (14/9)

​Freiburg 1-2 Koln (31/8)

​Bayern 6-1 Mainz (31/8)

​Koln 1-3 Dortmund (23/8)

​Schalke 0-3 Bayern (24/8)

​Wolfsburg 2-1 Koln (17/8)

​Bayern 2-2 Hertha (16/8)

​Wiesbaden 3-3 Koln (11/8)

Prediction
Its difficult to see anything other than a comfortable Bayern victory here, given the history between the two sides.
​Theyre the better side, theyre in better form and they have an have in-form striker chomping at the bit to score more goals.
For the neutral, this could be a fairly drab watch - but for Bayerns supporters, it should be another week of cruise control.
Prediction: Bayern 3-0 Koln.