Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Borussia Dortmund will be aiming to kickstart new Bundesliga campaign in fashion when they welcome Koln to their Signal-Iduna-Park on Saturday afternoon. Key midfielder Jude Bellingham is no longer part of the team, but new signings Ramy Bensebaini, Marcel Sabitzer, and Felix Nmecha are surely capable of helping the Yellow-Blacks improve their game. As for the season opener, aforementioned midfielder Nmecha misses out with injury as well as Reyna, Meunier, Adeyemi, Sule, and Scholotterbeck.
The Billy Goats, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and that is the main reason why we are going to bet on the title hopefuls. To make things even worse for the visiting side, influential players Jan Thielmann and Dejan Ljubicic are out of contention with injuries, while both Timo Hubers and Davie Selke are major doubts and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Julian Brandt):
Julian Brandt is one of the most promising wingers in Germany. He started playing football in his hometown, Bremen, at SC Borgfeld, moving to FC Oberneuland, after which he joined VLF Wolfsburg’s youth academy. With 27 goals in his 48 games during two seasons with the Wolves, Brandt recommended himself to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract in January 2014.
The 22-year-old winger prefers to play on the left flank, but he can also provide help on the right side, as well as an attacking midfielder. During the season 2015/2016, Julian Brandt netted goals in six consecutive games, becoming the youngest player since Gerd Muller to achieve this.
The good performances in the season made Joackim Low call the youngster in Germany’s preliminary 27-man squad for the Euro 2016 and he made his first appearance for the senior squad in May 2016, against Slovakia. He was a part of the Germany squad at the Summer Olympics, where Brandt and his teammates won the silver medal. In the summer of 2018, Julian Brandt made the World Cup team.
Highlighted Team (Koln):
FC Koln is a German football club from Koln and is currently active in the Bundesliga. The club was founded on 13th of February in 1948 after a fusion between Koner BC01 and SpVgg Sulz07. Like many German football clubs FC Koln is not only a football club but has different other sports departments as well.
FC Koln currently hosts it’s home games in the Rhein Energie Stadium which holds a capacity of almost 51 000 spectators and was recently renovated in 2004.The main club colours are white and red. The most known nickname for FC Koln is Die Geißböcke which literally means the Goats. The biggest rivals of FC Koln are Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fortuna Dusseldorf. The club from Koln holds a narrow relationship with St Pauli, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain.
FC Koln is one of the most successful clubs in Germany winning the Bundesliga title 3 times and the DFB Pokal 3 times. Notable players that played for FC Koln are Schuster, Korput, Olsen, Weber and Muller.