Fans will be hoping for goals galore on Saturday as in form 1. FC Köln take on the equally impressive Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion (kick-off 15:30CEST/ 13:30GMT). With both Anthony Modeste and Vedad Ibisevic on the pitch, there will be no shortage of excitement, as both continue their impressive goal scoring runs, sharing 12 between them.
Having dropped only four points this season, Hertha have put a spark into the battle at the top of the table. With Ibisevic up front and Rune Jarstein in goal, the Capital club have become an effective team under Pal Dardai, a formation only FC Bayern München have been able to beat this season.
Köln will have their sights firmly set on a victory, as the chase to close in on Bundesliga leaders Bayern continues. Having won only once away from home this season, Köln will have to be at their attacking best. However, with Modeste in fine form upfront, do the Billy Goats dare to dream of what could be ahead of them this season?
- Fourteen points and a plus-four goal difference is Hertha’s best start in 46 years.Hertha and Freiburg are the only sides yet to drop points at home this season. Victory over Köln would be Hertha’s fourth home win in a row and a record under coach Dardai. Köln are unbeaten in their last nine away games, which is their longest run in 27 years. Hertha’s Ibisevic has faced Köln twice and last season scored all three goals against the Billy Goats (2-0 at home and 1-0 away). Modeste is the league’s top scorer with seven goals and the first Billy Goats player to have at least seven goals from the first seven matches since Klaus Allofs (8 in 1984/85). Köln have conceded just 86 goals in 75 matches under Peter Stöger, which is the best average of any Billy Goats coach with at least 25 Bundesliga games in charge (1.2 per game).