Summary

  • Lewandowski and Modeste go head-to-head in Cologne.
  • Bayern looking to maintain advantage at the top.
  • Cologne looking to end poor recent run.

Fresh from last weekend's eight-goal rout of Hamburg, Bayern Munich will seek to keep the rest of the Bundesliga at bay when they travel to Cologne on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Robert Lewandowski took his tally for the season to 19 with his fifth Bundesliga hat-trick during his side’s Matchday 22 masterclass at the Allianz Arena. It put memories of a last-gasp draw with Hertha Berlin a week earlier firmly behind Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who were held 1-1 by the Billy Goats earlier this season but have lost just the once all campaign.

A 3-1 defeat at RB Leipzig on Matchday 22 means that Peter Stöger’s Cologne side have taken just one point from the last nine to sit in seventh, one place outside the European qualification spots. However, Cologne are unbeaten at home this season, and striker Anthony Modeste is just two goals behind Lewandowski in the battle for this term’s Torjägerkanone, the award for the Bundesliga's top scorer.

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Robert Lewandowski has hit a purple patch of late.

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Match Stats

  • Ancelotti’s side have scored the most goals (54) and conceded the fewest (13) this season and are the only unbeaten team in the Bundesliga in 2017.
  • Cologne earned 18 points from their first nine games this season, but only 15 from the next 13 outings.
  • Cologne are yet to beat a side from inside the top eight clubs this season, and have not beaten a Bundesliga leader since a 1-0 win against Schalke in September 2008.
  • Bayern have won 47 per cent of their Bundesliga meetings with Cologne – only against Wattenscheid and Dortmund is that figure lower.
  • Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in his last 10 Bundesliga games.
  • Modeste has scored 55 per cent of Cologne’s goals; if he maintains that until the end of the season, it would be a new Bundesliga record.
  • Cologne have conceded a goal to the first shot of the match in their last two outings – to Alessandro Schöpf of Schalke on Matchday 21 and RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg on Matchday 22.
  • Jonas Hector is suspended for the first time in his Bundesliga career after picking up five yellow cards this term.

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