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Bundesliga preview: Strugglers meet in crucial battle

18 August 2011 10:52

Cologne and Kaiserslautern can recover from poor starts to the Bundesliga season when they clash on Saturday.

Last meets second-last in the clash at the RheinEnergie Stadion, with both sides keen to win all three points for the first time this season.

The match will be the late kickoff on Saturday and with the attention of the country on both sides, the pressure will be on.

Cologne's start to the season has been nothing short of disastrous.

They started with a home match against Wolfsburg and were comfortably defeated 3-0, before suffering a 5-1 thumping at Schalke on Saturday.

They now sit bottom of the table with a goal difference of negative seven after just two matches and need to improve quickly.

Kaiserslautern, who recorded an impressive seventh-place finish last season, were held to a 1-1 home draw against Augsburg on Saturday, after a 2-0 opening-day defeat at Werder Bremen.

Goal scoring could prove to be a problem, with last season's top scorer Srdjan Lakic (16 goals), Erwin Hoffer and Jan Moravek (five goals each) no longer at the club.

The trio provided 26 of the 47 league goals Kaiserslautern scored last season, with only Israeli Etey Shechter looming as a quality replacement.

On Friday, fourth meets fifth as the unbeaten Borussia Moenchengladbach host Wolfsburg.

On Saturday, reigning champions Borussia Dortmund host Nurnberg, with the former keen to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to bogey side Hoffenheim.

Bayern Munich were lucky to notch a last-gasp 1-0 win at Wolfsburg and manager Jupp Heynckes will demand a more professional performance when his side play in front of their home fans at the Allianz Arena against Nuremberg.

Last season's runners-up Bayer Leverkusen are on the road to Stuttgart, Werder Bremen host Freiburg and Augsburg are at home against Hoffenheim in other matches on Saturday.

On Sunday, table-toppers Mainz host Schalke with the former keen to make it three wins from three after an impressive start to the season, while Hannover host Hertha Berlin.

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Competition
Bundesliga
Date
20 August 2011
Game week
3
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
RheinEnergieStadion (Köln)
Attendance
47200

Goals

0 - 1
17' I. Iličević
 (assist by F. Dick)
M. Jajalo 19'  
1 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
29
7 25'
5 2'
3 81'
23 79'
20
22 17'
8
28
16
9
Coach: M. Kurz

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12 87'
27
25
26
18
28
31
# Player Bookings
10
30
13
1
6
15
21

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