Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga action today to take on struggling FC Koln at Allianz Arena.
The match might not seem too difficult for Bayern Munich, to face a newly promoted team like Köln. However, it has to be mentioned that their match against Borussia Dortmund a few weeks ago was fascinating, which makes it a bit hard for Niko Kovac and his men
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.
This is while Koln have picked up just three points from 12 available, lingering just above the relegation zone.
The history books say that Bayern have won nine of their last ten Bundesliga meetings with Köln with just one draw. Their last loss came in Köln in February 2011 as they lost 3-2.
In addition, their last home defeat against Köln came in February 2009, with Jürgen Klinsmann as manager.
It is interesting to know that each of the last four matches between Bayern and Köln at the Allianz Arena that have taken place during the Oktoberfest have all ended in draws. Bayern’s last home win over Köln during this period came in September 1984, where they won 2-0.
After drawing 1-1 in Leipzig, Bayern sit fourth in the BL with eight points. The last time they had so few points after four games was in 2014/15. However, it is interesting to know that they still won the league by ten points that season.
No matter what, Bayern has been unbeaten in each of their last 15 Bundesliga home games, winning 12 and drawing 3. Their last defeat came in October 2018 vs. Gladbach where they lost 3-0.
On the other hand, including last season, Köln have kept just one clean sheet across their last 12 competitive outings. They have shipped 26 goals in total during this period.
Bayern: Neuer, Kimmich, Pavard, Sule, Hernandez, Tolisso, Thiago, Gnabry, Coutinho, Coman, Lewandowski.
Koln: Horn, Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Hector, Schaub, Skhiri, Hoger, Drexler, Cordoba, Modeste.
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 14:30 (CET)
Venue: Allianz Arena
Referee: Patrick Ittrich
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