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Incumbent Champions Bayern Munich once again hit the road, and travel to Rhein Energie Stadion to take on Cologne in match week 19 of the Bundesliga 2021-22 season.
Bayern Munich has been at its best this season, and is once again topping the table with 43 points, and is 6 points clear of second-placed Dortmund. The lead could have been more, had the team not suffered a shock 1-2 defeat against Monchengladbach in its last game. That aside, the team has performed consistently throughout the season and has won 14 out of 18 games it has played so far.
This is also the reason why most football betting sites are favoring Bayern Munich so heavily ahead of this encounter.
FC Cologne is currently in 6th place on the points table with 28 points and is in contention to make it into the Europa Conference League. This game is more important for Cologne as compared to Munich, as a victory will take it into the top 4, while a loss or a draw will give teams like Frankfurt and Union Berlin to overtake it. The team has suffered just 4 losses so far this season and will be high on confidence coming into this fixture, on the back of a 3-1 win against Hertha BSC.
Match prediction and betting tips for FC Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne Bundesliga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Rhein Energie Stadion, Cologne, on the 15th of January 2022.
Except for Monchengladbach, which has proved to be its nemesis, Bayern Munich has performed well against most teams this season. In this game too, we expect them to find the back of the net at least a couple of times. Robert Lewandowski has been sensational, scoring 20 goals this season, and the team will be again looking towards him to give them an early lead. Manuel Neuer, Tolisso, and Omar Richards too will most probably feature in the starting eleven. Lucas Hernandez, Kingsley Coman, Dayot Upamecano, Leroy Sane, Leon Goretzka, and Plettenberg will most likely be missing from action due to COVID and various injuries.
As for Cologne, the team has won its last 3 games and has lost just 1 of the 9 home games it has played this season in the Bundesliga. Coach Steffen Baumgart is unlikely to face any selection issues, as he has a fully fit and injury-free squad at his disposal, and he will be looking to put down the best possible team on the field.
While Cologne may be able to score a goal, it is Munich who is more likely to come out on the top. The belief and the attacking prowess that Bayern Munich has is just too good to bet against.
Bet on Bayern Munich to win.
Both teams have scored in the previous five matches between Bayern Munich and FC Cologne. Also, a ton of goals have been scored in those matches. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in all five of the most recent matches between these two and in fact, 5 or more goals were scored in four out of those five games. Pairing the bets does increase your risk a bit but that seems to be the only way to get some reasonable odds in this match.