[ClevPicks Prediction]: Cologne vs. Dortmund: Battle of Red And Yellow
Cologne's Steffen Tigges (l.) could come up against former Borussia Dortmund teammate Jude Bellingham (r.) this weekend.
If Cologne wants to defeat Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Jude Bellingham must make it through (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).
After being undefeated through their first five Bundesliga games, Cologne is now winless after falling to league-leading Union Berlin and drawing with last-place Bochum. The mid-table Billy Goats have also played in the UEFA Europa Conference League, drawing 1-1 in Nice and defeating Slovacko 4-2. Steffen Baumgart, the head coach, has not yet decided who will be his first-choice striker in the post-Anthony Modeste era. Steffen Tigges, a young ex-Dortmund player competing with Florian Dietz for regular minutes, has made three starts but has yet to score a Bundesliga goal in Cologne colors. Even though he resumed light training during the international break in September, local forward Mark Uth might still have to wait a while before making his return from injury.
After winning local bragging rights against Schalke on Matchday 7, Dortmund resumes their pursuit of Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title in second position. Modeste, a veteran from Cologne, started the match, but it was Youssoufa Moukoko, a young replacement, who scored the game-winning goal to cement his place in Revierderby mythology. The winner against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 4 is Modeste's only goal for BVB to far; nevertheless, captain Marco Reus will not play this time around due to an ankle injury sustained in the previous game. Karim Adeyemi is anticipated to fill in after being left off of Germany's September roster due to an injury-plagued start to his Dortmund career. Bellingham, on the other hand, has just returned from two performances in the UEFA Nations League for England's midfield that were as domineering as always.
With two goals and three assists through seven games, Florian Kainz is Cologne's top goal threat.
In his first seven games wearing a Cologne jersey, Tigges has scored one goal in the Europa Conference League. In 23 games as a senior for Dortmund, he scored three goals, all of which were Bundesliga goals.
Only one of Cologne's last 11 encounters with Dortmund has resulted in victory (D5, L5).
Bellingham has so far this season won 119 challenges, which leads the league. For Cologne, Modeste scored 79 goals in 157 games.
This Bundesliga season, Cologne has been involved in four draws while Dortmund has yet to record one. Only VfB Stuttgart has had more games than others (five).
For Cologne, Modeste scored 79 goals in 157 games.
Cologne: Schwäbe - Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) - Skhiri, Martel - Ljubicic, Duda, Kainz - Tigges
Out: Andersson (knee), Chabot (ankle), Horn (muscular), Limnios (knee), Olesen (ankle)
Doubtful: Uth (pubic bone)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart
Dortmund: Kobel - Wolf, Hummels (c), Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Bellingham, Özcan - Adeyemi, Brandt, Malen - Modeste
Out: Bynoe-Gittens (shoulder), Dahoud (shoulder), Haller (testicular cancer), Morey (knee), Reus (ankle)
Coach: Edin Terzic
When Bayern plays Leverkusen on Friday, we anticipate that the international break will have helped the team calm down and get back to winning.
The visitors clearly possess the offensive capabilities to negatively impact the Bavarians during a transition, but they are currently lacking in confidence and typically do not respond well to any losses or extended periods of pressure.
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