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Borussia Dortmund will be back in action on the Bundesliga schedule this weekend, as they look to put pressure on the sides in the Champions League spots. The German side were the only side between third and fifth in the standings to claim maximum points last weekend, and they could move level on points with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga standings on Saturday.
FC Koln will be the hosts, as they look to end a four-game winless run. The latest Koln vs Dortmund odds and our Bundesliga picks are below.
|FC KOLN vs BORUSSIA DORTMUND
|Location of the Game: RheinEnergieStadion, Koln, Germany
|Date and Time: Saturday, January 20, 2024. 9:30 AM ET
|Reason: 2023-2024 Bundesliga Round 18
|How to watch: ESPN
Koln vs Borussia Dortmund Pick and Prediction
|Borussia Dortmund -0.75
It is impossible to overlook how short the visitors are in the Koln vs Dortmund odds this weekend. The away side bounced back to form on the road last weekend with a 3-0 success at Darmstadt, and they have added quality to their forward line during the winter with the addition of Jadon Sancho.
They should have far too much for the hosts this weekend, and it could be worth siding with Dortmund to cover the (-0.75) spread in this latest round of Bundesliga matchups.
Koln vs Dortmund Odds
The away side is clearly favored in the Koln vs Dortmund odds available, and they are priced up at -140. The draw is available at +327, while the home victory for Koln is a huge price at +358.
Koln vs Borussia Dortmund Analysis
It has been a damaging start to the season for Koln, and there will be pressure on the home side coming into this Koln vs Dortmund matchup on Saturday. The hosts currently sit in one of the two automatic relegation places in the standings after winning just twice in their opening 17 matches.
The Bundesliga team stats over their last five also give them slim hope of getting back on track, as they have recorded just a single victory over that period. Meanwhile, Koln comes into the round after losing two of their last three matches.
It would be a pressing concern within the Koln roster that they have picked up just eleven points from the first half of the season. That marks their second-weakest start to a Bundesliga season.
Koln dropped more points from a winning position last weekend after their 1-1 draw against Heidenheim. That result means that they have now dropped points after being ahead on five occasions in the competition in 2023-24.
Borussia Dortmund Preview
There will be pressure on Dortmund this weekend to continue their strong recent to form following the winter break. The German side were the big winners in the race for Champions League qualification, as they closed the gap on the top four to three points with a straightforward success at Darmstadt.
One of the most pleasing factors in that match was the performance of Jadon Sancho. The loan star was among the leaders in terms of Bundesliga player stats before joining Manchester United, and he recorded an assist off the bench last weekend.
The victory was essential, as the Dortmund scores before that success showed that they had gone four without a victory on the road in the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, their victory last weekend was also the first time that they had kept a clean sheet on their travels in 2023-24.
Dortmund’s prowess from the bench has been a key point throughout the season, as eight goals have been netted by substitutes. That is the most goals to be scored by subs when compared to all teams in the Bundesliga this term.
Koln vs Borussia Dortmund Head to Head
While the Bundesliga odds may point to an away win, it is worth considering that Koln have suffered just two defeats in their last eight home matches against Dortmund. They have also gone three without loss against the German heavyweights in Koln.