Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln: Bundesliga Betting Odds, Prediction & Soccer Picks

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:13 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 3:13 PM GMT

FC Köln heads to dance with the Bundesliga champions as week 23 kick off and this is one of those games where host Bayern Munich can probably name their score. This one is a good betting opportunity.

Odds Overview
Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln, Friday 19:30 (GOL TV USA, Fubo TV, My German TV + (USA); ESPN UK/HD 2 (UK); 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT): First-place Bayern Munich (17-4-1, 59 GF-9 GA) welcomes 13th-place FC Köln (6-7-9, 20 GF- 25 GA) to the majestic Allianz Arena in Munich for this Week 23 Bundesliga mismatch on Friday. Oddsmakers have obviously made hosts Bayern Munich massive favorites (-1000, bet365) here with FC Köln gargantuan +2000 underdogs with Draw priced +850 (bet365) in the Three-Way (Winner) marketplace. The Total Goals is in this match is 3½ Over/Under -120, bet365) while the To Win To Nil odds for Bayern Munich are -162, while should FC Köln somehow blank Bayern in Munich, the payback is +6000 (Paddy Power). You never know, Clem. With such a big spread between the winners and the losers in this match, its probably best to attack it employing the Asian Handicap. Here are some of those soccer odds: Bayern Munich -2.25 -153; Bayern Munich -2.5 -114; Bayern Munich -2.75 +102; Bayern Munich -3 +135; Bayern Munich -3.25 +160; Bayern Munich -3.5 +185 (bet365).

 

FC Köln
FC Köln (5-1-5 Away, 15 GF-16 GA) has been way better away from home than it has at RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne where Die Geißböcke (The Billy Goats) are a pathetic 1-6-4 (5 GF-9 GA). So, just one win and a total of 14 goals in 11 games. and nicknamed the Billy Goats. Doesn’t get much better, now does it Pablo? Pure excitement in North-Rhine, Westphalia, Bruder. Bring your stein. FC Köln—formally named 1. Club Köln 01/07 e. V.—doesn’t score many goals and that’s going to be a real problem here going in against the best goalkeeper on the planet (Manuel Neuer) and one of the best teams in Europe on their sacred home soil, where they have yet to lose and have allowed just 3 goals. Funsies. Not even David vs. Goliath. More like Elmo vs. Freddie Kruger here in Bavaria.

In its last outing, host FC Köln tied Hannover 96, 1-1 as Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah scored the club’s first Home goal since December. More funsies. Another team that apparently can’t stand to score. The horror. Ujah (7 goals, +380 Anytime Goalscorer, BetVictor) and German midfielders Mathias Lehmann (3 goals, +600) and Marcel Risse (3 goals, +550) are the only FC Köln players with more than 2 goals and Die Geißböcke don’t even have a player with more than 2 assists and we can see the month of March down the aisle if we look closely. To say that FC Köln Head Coach Peter Stöger and GK Timo Horn have there hands full here on Friday would be like saying that Captain Ahab had his hands full with Moby-Dick.

 

FC Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich (10-1-0 Home, 36 GF-3 GA) may be the most dominant Home team in all of professional sports and FCB has resumed play in this Second Half of the German top flight season on a mission, winning its last two Bundesliga games by 6-0 and 8-0 scorelines (against SC Paderborn 07 and Hamburger SV, respectively), and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola seems to have this club now on overdrive. Bayern Munich—which is also battling Shakhtar Donetsk in its Round of 16 Knockout Stage UEFA Champions League series after drawing Leg 1, o-0 in Ukraine last week—has a number of solid goalscorers and the hosts should score between 3 and maybe 6 goals here, despite FC Köln’s recent track record against Bayern Munich , its impressive Road mark so far this season and its stinginess defensively. This should be a min-blowout with Bayern Munich GK Neuer registering a fairly easy Clean Sheet in a situation where he may not even have to wash his uniform (kit) after all is said and done. Another win, Bubba.

Dynamic midfielder Arjen Robben (16 goals, -300 Anytime Goalscorer, BetVictor), Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (10 goals, 225), club legend Thomas Müller (9 goals, -225), Mario Götze (9 goals, -187), Franck Ribéry (4 goals, -115), Philipp Lahm (2 goals, +333), Sebastian Rode (+333), Bastian Schweinsteiger (1 goal, +220), David Alaba (+220), Xabi Alonso (1 goal, +333) and Juan Bernat (+333), among others believe it or not, provide Bayern a plethora of scoring power and after scoring 8 and then 6 goals in its last two league fixtures, it’s hard to imagine anything less than a 3-0 win here at Home at Allianz Arena in Bundesliga’s first match of Week 23 on Friday. Better hide the Kinder (children).

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Best Betting Approaches and Trends
The Team Also Known As Cologne has actually played mighty Bayern München pretty tough of late, going 2-3-3 over the L8 against the Bavarians. But FC Köln has lost the L3 straight to Bayern Munich in league play, including the first meeting this season at Cologne, 2-0 in Week 6. This one could get ugly early and taking Bayern Munich -250 in the First Half (BetVictor) marketplace seems more than obvious. Expect Lewandowski, Robben, Götze and Ribéry to have good games here against the aptly-named Billy Goats and Bayern Munich to roll to another easy win and Clean Sheet at Home. This is actually a really good game to bet on which can be approached from a number of different creative angles in the modern marketplace and provides a good chance to make some money with our soccer picks despite the deceptive -1000 Three-Way odds on host Bayern Munich. The More You Know...

 

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 FC Koln 0

Bundesliga Free Soccer Pick: Bayern Munich First Half -250, Robert Lewandowski Anytime Goalscorer -225 (BetVictor), Bayern Munich -2.5 -114, Over 3½ -120 (bet365), Bayern Munich To Win To Nil -162 (Paddy Power)

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