Professionals | 24/01/2020

Matchday 19

The Number Crunch: Away to Dortmund

1. FC Köln travel to Borussia Dortmund on Friday evening to open up Bundesliga Matchday 19 at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund and Friday evening are something that don’t normal bring much success to FC, but here are 10 reasons to get you in the mood for the game.

FC are in their best form since the turn of the millennium. For the first time since the 2000-01 season, 1. FC Köln have won four games in a row. The last time FC went on a longer run, it was 1985 with seven consecutive victories.

Jonas Hector is also enjoying his most successful Bundesliga season to date, when it comes to going forward. With his goal against Wolfsburg, the FC captain recorded his third goal of the season – a tally he has never previously reached in the top flight.

Reasons to be cheerful

Another two headed goals, from Jhon Cordoba and Jonas Hector, at the weekend cemented FC’s place as the leading heading team in the Bundesliga. No team has scored more headers (9) than Markus Gisdol’s men.

FC have also excelled from corners and set-pieces this season. They have scored 10 goals from set-pieces – eight of which have come from corners – the second-best numbers in the league.

FC have been strong when it comes to starting and finishing the game. Gisdol’s side have conceded just three times in the opening 15 minutes and six times in the final quarter of an hour – both are the second best marks in the Bundesliga.

On the day of the game, exactly 53 years prior, FC recorded a 1:0 win in Dortmund to progress in the DFB-Pokal. Jürgen Jendrossek was the man to send 1. FC Köln into the second round.

Dangerous Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund are the only team in the Bundesliga yet to lose at home this season. BVB have taken 18 points from a possible 24 at Signal Iduna Park in 2019-20.

To back up that home form, Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 27 Friday night games at home. FC, on the other hand, have not managed to pick up a single point in their previous six Friday matches.

Erling Haaland is now talk of the town following his hat-trick against FC Augsburg. His 21-minute show is the fastest by a debutant in league history. He managed his goals from three shots – just as he did on his Champions League debut against Genk.

Given Dortmund’s pace, it’s hardly surprising that they lead the league when it comes to counter-attacking goals. BVB have scored 12 times on the break this season, a huge leap in comparison to the league average of just five.

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Total table
121. FC Union Berlin26
131. FC Köln26
14Hertha BSC26