Bayern Munich will look to get their Bundesliga title defence back on track when they host FC Köln on Saturday at 2:30pm (UK time).
The Bavarians have seen their lead cut to just two points by RB Leipzig in recent weeks but will be confident taking on a Köln side languishing down in 14th place, just three points clear of the relegation playoff spot.
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Where to watch Bayern Munich vs FC Köln on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 FC Köln
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Bayern Munich vs FC Köln build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Since returning from their successful Club World Cup campaign in Qatar, Bayern have taken just one point from two Bundesliga games, first salvaging a 3-3 draw with Arminia Bielefeld before falling 2-1 away at bogey side Eintracht Frankfurt. Leipzig have won their past four league matches and as a result, Bayern’s lead has been slashed to two points, while Frankfurt and Wolfsburg are only seven points behind. That said, Hansi Flick’s men demolished Lazio 4-1 away from home in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg, proving Bayern are still well capable of blowing any opponent away.
Köln are equally desperate to take all three points in this game, although for very different reasons. Markus Gisdol’s men have lost their last two Bundesliga games and are enduring a sequence of just three wins in their last 11 German top-flight matches. It’s a run which has seen the Billy Goats drop to 14th in the table, with just three points separating them from the relegation playoff spot. Even more worryingly, Mainz are only four points behind in the first automatic relegation place. Travelling to Munich is a daunting task, but one which Köln must tackle bravely if they’re to keep the relegation wolves away from their door.
- Bayern Munich (vs Lazio): Neuer; Sule, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Kimmich; Sane, Musiala, Coman; Lewandowski.
- FC Köln (vs Stuttgart): Horn; Ehizibue, Cestic, Mere, Czichos, Jakobs; Wolf, Skhiri, Rexhbecaj; Duda, Bonaventure.
Thomas Muller and Benjamin Pavard remain sidelined, while it looks like Corentin Tolisso and Douglas Costa are out for the rest of the season. Serge Gnabry, Alexander Nubel and Tanguy Nianzou are all doubts.
Köln will be missing Sebastian Bornauw due to a back injury, while Jonas Hector is unlikely to return to action. Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz are back in training and could feature here.
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Player to watch: Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
It’s been a big week for teenage sensation, Jamal Musiala, who scored Bayern’s second goal in a 4-1 rout of Lazio before declaring his international allegiance for Germany over England, despite being capped 22 times for the Three Lions across various youth levels.
“I’ve thought about this a lot,” he said of the decision. “In the end, I just listened to the feeling that over a long period of time kept telling me that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the land I was born in. Still, it wasn’t an easy decision for me.”
With Muller still sidelined, Musiala is the most natural and in-form option to operate behind Robert Lewandowski this weekend and from there, the 17-year-old can run beyond the Poland international to get in on goal, while also having the freedom to drift wide and combine with the likes of Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane.
Matthew Hoppe (5) and Florian Wirtz (4) are the only teenagers with more Bundesliga goals to their name than Musiala (3) so far this season, and Saturday’s game against the German top-flight’s sixth-leakiest defence will be another chance to show his incredible potential.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Bayern Munich: LDWWW
- FC Köln: LLWWL
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