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Mar 20, 2021 at 2.30pm UK at RheinEnergieStadion
FC KolnFC Koln
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Duda (35' pen.), Jakobs (65')
Jakobs (90+2')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Braut Haaland (3', 90')
Bellingham (34')

Preview: FC Koln vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between FC Koln and Borussia Dortmund, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

FC Koln take on Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with both sides in desperate need of a victory at opposite ends of the table.

The hosts are only one point above the relegation zone, while Dortmund are two points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt as they look to avoid missing out on qualifying for the Champions League.

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FC Koln players celebrate scoring against Union Berlin on November 22, 2020© Reuters

Having taken only one point from their last five games, Markus Gisdol's are now only one point ahead of Hertha Berlin and Mainz 05 in the relegation playoff and first automatic relegation places respectively, with the club in serious danger of slipping back into the second tier of German football once again.

Koln have been relegated five times already this century, never spending more than two seasons in the second tier, so there should be no panic stations regarding the prospect of relegation.

However, it goes without saying that survival is now their only aim between now and the end of the season, with the financial implications of dropping down a division potentially much more damaging during a global pandemic without fans in the ground.

Gisdol's side looked to be benefitting from that once again away to Union Berlin last weekend when Ondrej Duda's penalty gave them a lead to hold onto at half time, but Max Kruse and Christopher Trimmel fired back for the hosts to leave Koln desperately deflated.

They will take confidence from beating Dortmund 2-1 in the reverse fixture, but that was towards the end of Lucien Favre's reign and they will be tougher to beat this time around.

Erling Braut Haaland in action for Borussia Dortmund on March 13, 2021© Reuters

Indeed, while Dortmund are still far from a perfect outfit, only Bayern Munich have beaten them in their last eight matches in all competitions, with Edin Terzic guiding his side to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal, and within two points of fourth-placed Frankfurt within that timeframe.

It has certainly been a much better month for the 38-year-old and his players, then, with belief of qualifying for the Champions League for a sixth consecutive season restored. BVB showed the type of grit and resolve they were missing earlier in the season to hold out for a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin last weekend.

Admittedly they were helped by a dreadful mistake by opposing goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, who somehow failed to make any contact with the ball to stop Julian Brandt's effort from distance flying straight through him.

Vladimir Darida's 80th-minute dismissal for a terrible tackle on Marco Reus left the visitors in the lurch, with 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko sealing the three points in injury time with his third league goal of the season.

Should Frankfurt drop points at home to Union Berlin, Dortmund can move fourth with a victory in Cologne on Saturday. Terzic will be urging his players to seize any opportunities which come their way between now and the end of the season, with two trophies still to fight for, too.

FC Koln Bundesliga form:
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  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Borussia Dortmund form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Team News

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho pictured on February 13, 2021© Reuters

Koln will be without Jannes Horn after the defender picked up his fifth caution of the season in the defeat to Union Berlin.

Sebastian Bornauw and Florian Kainz are unlikely to return from injury in time, but should do so after the upcoming international break.

Likewise, England winger Jadon Sancho is unlikely to be risked, with Mats Hummels, Reus, Mateu Morey, Raphael Guerreiro, Manuel Akanji, Axel Witsel and Marcel Schmelzer all significant doubts for Dortmund, too.

Terzic may have plenty of decisions to make as to how to restructure his potentially depleted side, then, with Moukoko and Thomas Delaney two very differing options to come into the XI from last weekend.

FC Koln possible starting lineup:
T.Horn; Wolf, Mere, Czichos, Katterbach; Skhiri, Hector; Ozcan, Meyer, Rexhbecaj; Duda

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Hitz; Meunier, Can, Zagadou, Schulz; Bellingham, Dahoud, Delaney; Brandt, Hazard; Haaland

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We say: FC Koln 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

With plenty of first-team players missing for Dortmund, Koln may sense an opportunity to spring another upset against BVB.

However, Gisdol's side are on a dreadful run of form, so will certainly need to up their recent performance levels to keep a side with Erling Braut Haaland up front at bay.

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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

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· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

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