Borussia Dortmund vs Cologne Predictions

Borussia Dortmund vs Cologne predictions for this Saturday’s German Bundesliga fixture. Can Dortmund start the title chase with a win after an impressive display in the German Cup? Read on for all of our free German Bundesliga betting tips and predictions.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Cologne Predictions


New Beginnings and Old Rivalries

Key Stats
– Borussia Dortmund maintained an astounding 73% possession in their DFB-Pokal opener.
– FC Koln’s away record last season was a mere 4 wins out of 19 matches.
– Dortmund’s Julien Duranville and Jude Bellingham were the top-rated players, both with a 7.40 rating.

As the memories of a riveting previous Bundesliga season continue to linger, Borussia Dortmund are set to commence their new season at home, with FC Koln as their challengers this Saturday. Dortmund had been on the cusp of championship glory, only to fall short to the dominant Bayern Munich on goal difference. The Billy Goats, in contrast, landed at a modest 11th, a massive 29 points behind the title contenders.

A Tale of Two Campaign Openers

Borussia Dortmund began their season with a masterful performance, sweeping aside fourth-tier club, Schott Mainz, in the DFB-Pokal’s initial round. The numbers from that game were staggering: Dortmund dominated with 73% possession, unleashed 24 shots, and restricted Schott Mainz to just one shot on target, culminating in a 6-1 victory. Key players like Sebastien Haller (with a double) and Julian Brandt made their mark, signifying their intent for the coming Bundesliga games.


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On the other side, FC Koln barely managed to edge past VfL Osnabruck in their DFB-Pokal fixture. An unexpected equaliser from Charalambos Makridis briefly threatened their progression. However, extra-time goals from Sargis Adamyan and Julian Chabot ensured FC Koln’s place in the second round with a 3-1 triumph.

Last Season’s Performances

Borussia Dortmund’s stellar form throughout the 2022-23 season was commendable. The Black and Yellows lost only once in 19 league matches post the World Cup break. They were consistent with 14 victories and 4 draws. Yet, an untimely draw against Mainz on the season’s last day and a last-minute winner by Bayern Munich over FC Koln led to Dortmund relinquishing their grasp on the title.

FC Koln’s campaign, however, was a rollercoaster of unpredictability. With a tally of 10 wins, 12 draws, and 12 defeats, inconsistency plagued them. Particularly concerning was their away record: merely 4 victories out of 19 matches. Dortmund, in comparison, showcased impeccable home form, succumbing to defeat just once at Signal Iduna Park.

Potential Line-Ups

  • Borussia Dortmund: The home team’s lineup will have some gaps, with injuries sidelining Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Julien Duranville, and others. After his recent double, Haller is expected to be the focal point in attack, flanked by talents like Donyell Malen, Marco Reus, and Julian Brandt.
  • FC Koln: Injuries also play a part here, as Noah Katterbach and others miss out. Steffen Baumgart might opt for a 4-1-3-2 setup, with Davie Selke and Luca Waldschmidt spearheading the attack and Eric Martel fortifying the midfield.

Key Players and Stats

Looking at BettingTips4You Expert Rating for the last Bundesliga season for Dortmund, Julien Duranville and Jude Bellingham (now at Real Madrid) emerge as top contributors, both boasting a rating of 7.40. Julian Brandt, Donyell Malen, and Sébastien Haller are their top goal scorers, each netting 9 times in the last season.

FC Koln’s standout player was Florian Kainz with a rating of 7.23. Ellyes Skhiri and Kainz jointly top their goal tally, both having found the net 7 times in the last Bundesliga season.

Match Predictions

1. Match Outcome: Both Teams to Score Considering the offensive firepower displayed by Borussia Dortmund, there’s little doubt that they are set to find the net. With a staggering average of 2.4 goals per game from the previous season and Sebastien Haller looking sharp after his brace last weekend, the Black and Yellows are certainly expected to ripple the net.

On the other side, FC Koln, despite being labelled the underdogs, managed an average of 1.4 goals per game during the 2022-23 Bundesliga campaign. Their recent outing against VfL Osnabruck in the DFB-Pokal where they showcased their fighting spirit to score three, further testifies to their ability to pose a threat. Given the form and stats of both sides, it seems plausible that both teams could find themselves on the scoresheet.

2. Correct Score: 3-1 in favour of Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund, having posted the best home record in the division last season with only a solitary loss, are expected to dominate the game, especially at Signal Iduna Park. Given their average of 2.4 goals per game and their early-season form, a scoreline of 3 goals for the home side isn’t far-fetched.

FC Koln, on the other hand, have shown resilience in their attacking prowess. With an average of 1.4 goals per game and their knack to sneak in goals even when under pressure, a single goal for the Billy Goats seems likely. Therefore, a 3-1 result in favour of Dortmund is a well-calculated prediction based on current form and historical data.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: Sébastien Haller Sebastien Haller is turning out to be a pivotal figure for Borussia Dortmund. With his impressive tally of five goals across the final four Bundesliga games last term, followed by his brace against Schott Mainz, Haller seems to be in scintillating form. Moreover, with Dortmund’s attacking players like Malen, Reus, and Brandt supporting from behind, the chances created would most certainly find Haller in the box. Given the form and supply line he’s expected to enjoy, Haller is a prime candidate to find the net against FC Koln.

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Wolfgang Shotten
Author of betting articles for prominent German publications. Endures Hertha Berlin's ups and downs. Passionate Real Madrid supporter, is our Bundesliga expert. Has been covering the German's top-flight for more than 10 years with great success. Love football details. Based in Berlin, worked for BettingTips4You 5 years ago, and now the routes have met again!