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Dortmund vs Koln Prediction, Match Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

First Meeting Was Goal-Fest

After being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, soccer betting Borussia Dortmund doubled down by losing to one of the worst teams in the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, the club remains in the title race, and a victory over FC Koln could boost it up to the top.

Koln is determined to bounce back after failing to win any of its last four games, as losing could make it fall dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Dortmund's German defender Nico Schlotterbeck (Bottom) celebrates
Dortmund's German defender Nico Schlotterbeck (Bottom) celebrates - INA FASSBENDER / afp

You can expect a back-and-forth battle on Saturday like the one they had in October.

Borussia Dortmund: Time to Rebuild

Borussia Dortmund wasn’t even considered a dark horse to win the UCL title, but before losing to Chelsea in the second leg of the Round of 16, the Black and Yellow had won 10 straight games in all competitions. That’s why it was a surprise that it couldn’t even score at Stamford Bridge.

Most recently, it drew 2-2 to Schalke 04 on Saturday, with Nico Schlotterbeck and Raphael Guerreiro as the scorers. Dortmund finished with 66% of possession and 20 shots in total, 10 more than the home side.

To be fair, Dortmund was without the team’s top scorers, Julian Brandt and Youssoufa Moukoko, who remain injured. Still, Sebastian Haller, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Donyell Malen should have gotten the job done. This team has the talent to spare. Giovanni Reyna and Anthony Modeste came off the bench, while Thomas Meunier and Niklas Sule didn’t play at all.

Finally, Borussia Dortmund, who controls the soccer odds for Saturday, owns a 9-1-1 record when playing at home, winning its last six games with a 23-6 aggregate. Not even Bayern Munich, the team atop the standings, has achieved something like that.

Koln: Time to React

Last season, Koln finished seventh, enough to qualify for the UEFA Conference League. Everyone was expecting Koln to finish in the top four this season, but the Billy Goats have failed to meet expectations and currently sit in twelfth place.

On Friday, Koln lost 2-0 to Bochum at home. However, it won possession with 64% and finished with five shots on goal, two more than the visitors. This means there’s hope, but the team needs to focus.

Regarding the soccer lines, Koln is offering a +500 price to win straight up. Koln has won only one road game but managed to draw against RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich and FC Union Berlin, the other three teams in the top four.

As you can imagine, Koln isn’t among the top-scoring teams, but it does have a very efficient trio in Florian Kainz, Ellyes Skhiri, and Steffen Tigges, who have scored five goals each. They and the fact that the club finished with a clean sheet in two of its last three road games are the main reasons to consider including the Billy Goats in your betting online ticket.

Dortmund vs Koln Head-to-Head

  • Previous Matches: 125
  • Borussia Dortmund Victories: 50 (216 goals)
  • Koln Victories: 41 (200 goals)
  • Draws: 34

Koln pulled off the stunner in October, defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-2. The Billy Goats came from behind since they lost the first half 1-0. Florian Kainz, Steffen Tigges and Dejan Ljubicic scored to turn things around. The two teams combined for 43 shots.

If you like goals, this is the perfect game since the total has gone over in seven of their last 10 encounters. The total for Saturday’s clash is set at three goals, with the over offering a -110 price in the sportsbook.

Dortmund vs Koln Match Information

  • Match: Dortmund vs Koln
  • Date: Saturday, March 18
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
  • Dortmund vs Koln Live Stream: fubo TV

Dortmund vs Koln Betting Lines

Dortmund vs Koln Picks and Prediction

Even without Brandt and Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund shouldn’t have too much trouble winning. With the UCL being a thing of the past, it must focus on dethroning Bayern Munich as Bundesliga champions, which means no more days off for any player who’s healthy, regardless of the opponent. Therefore, I think you should include the team’s total in your soccer picks. It scored at least four goals in four of its last six matches at Signal Iduna Park.

The Dortmund are listed at -210 in our soccer lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Dortmund, you have a chance to win $48. The Koln are +500, offering a chance to win $500 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Dortmund a 67.74% chance to win, with Koln at 16.67%.

Dortmund vs Koln Match Detail

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