Bayern Munchen vs Koln 14/12/2017
Bayern Munich continue their relentless march to the title with a home game against the luckless Cologne side. The bottom club have not tasted victory this season and surrendered a 3-0 lead to Freiburg on Saturday in a defensive horror show. They lost 4-3.
It will be a miracle to leave Munich with something as the defending champions have won seven of eight top flight games under the returning Jupp Heynckes. The veteran will have a mini crisis to deal with as his no.2 goalkeeper Sven Ulreich faces a fitness test after pulling up in the pre-game to the Frankfurt win last weekend. Tom Starke will be on standby.
No.1 Manuel Neuer and Thiago Alcantara are still nursing long-term injuries, while the Billy Goats’ list of absentees is even longer, with key players like Jonas Hector, Maroh and John Cordoba, among others, out of action.
Cologne have a battle on their hands to avoid the drop – no top-flight team has ever survived after falling 12 points off safety.