Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football game at RheinEnergie Stadion pits together Koln and Borussia Dortmund. Thanks to a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu the Millionaires clinched top position in Group F and they are likely to play an important role in the Champions League last 16. Marco Reus has been producing splendid showings ever since he returned to the starting XI and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Borussia Dortmund are six points behind their bitter rivals Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga standings, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Thomas Tuchel’s troops. Koln suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Hoffenheim in their last league fixture and they are unlikely to grab something from Saturday’s game against the Millionaires. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is enjoying yet another season to remember and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in the RheinEnergieStadion clash.
Highlighted Player (Mergim Mavraj):
Born in Germany to Albanian parents, Mergim Mavraj made two appearances for the Germany Under 21 side before switching his allegiance to Albania and he has since become a key defender for his new national team. The experienced centre back began his professional career at Darmstadt, but his talent was quickly spotted by Bochum scouts and he made a move to the Bundesliga side in 2007. Four years later, he surprisingly opted to join second division side Greuther Furth, but that proved a good career move as he helped the team secure promotion to the Bundesliga before putting in some solid showings in the Germany’s top flight. But, when his side eventually returned to the second division, he moved to FC Koln, where he has been since the summer of 2014. Meanwhile, Mavraj quickly established himself as an important player for the Albanian national team, establishing a good partnership with captain Lorik Cana, and helping the team secure their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football. Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.