Both sides have yet to hit the ground running since the resumption, and after suffering defeats in their last games respectively, it remains to be seen who comes out top at the WWK Arena on Sunday.
Date: Sunday, June 7th
Kick-off: 17:00 pm
Venue: WWK Arena
After succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in Germany’s capital last weekend when they travelled to play Hertha Berlin, Augsburg have been left with plenty of work to do.
With only five games left to play before the curtain falls on the Bundesliga for this season, Heiko Herrlich’s team sit just four
points clear of 16th-placed Fortuna Dusseldorf and a further two ahead of Werder Bremen, whose goal difference is well worse off.
While Fuggerstädter can move level on points with their opposition should they emerge victorious on Sunday, dropping further points could spell doom as Union Berlin and Mainz who are not too farther off are still fighting for their lives.
Köln were also 4-2 losers to RB Leipzig on Monday, a second successive defeat that have left them with just two points from a possible 15 in their last five league games.
Die Geißböcke started brilliantly on their own patch last time out, scoring the first goal but by the time Leipzig’s Daniel Olmo landed the coupe de grace just three minutes shy of the hour mark, it was succinctly ominous Köln were headed for another defeat, their 15th of the league season.
Only last season, Köln were playing in the 2. Bundesliga and having struggled to keep up with the intensity of the top-flight, will they slip back down or will they spring a surprise and tilt the odds in their favour here?
Simon Asta will not play again this season after suffering an ACL tear.
Alfred Finnbogason is nearing a return from a knee injury but this one could come too soon.
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw is available after suspension.
Andre Hahn and Fredrik Jensen are both rated doubtful for the visit of Kolñ.
Sebastiaan Bornauw who sits out again through suspension is joined by Dominick Drexler who had picked up his fifth booking of the season.
Mark Uth missed out on Monday with a muscle injury, while Jhon Córdoba went off with a knee problem.
Head to Head
In 12 previous competitive appearances, Augsburg have won six and drawn five. Only once have Kolñ managed to get the better of their rivals, a 3-0 home win in the 2011/2012 campaign.
Augsburg last five matches in all competitions: LLWDL
Kolñ last five matches in all competitions: LDDLL
Kolñ have not been all doom and gloom, despite their shortcomings and going forward, they have been delightful to watch. Last weekend’s loss to Leipzig was not without some flair, with the likes of Anthony Modeste and Jhon Cordoba getting goals though they could not keep up with the urgency of their visitors. As such, goals should be a surety from here given their tendency to take their chances in attack, and should have punters backing over 2.5 goals to emerge from this one. It is 8/11 for odds, and is enticing enough for one to pick as one of the tips for this clash.
On the goalscorer market, Cordoba is one player worth giving serious thought, to get in among the goals here. The Colombian took his tally for the season to 12 when he found the net last time out, and you wouldn’t bet against him grabbing another one here. He is 13/8 to score anytime and chunky 9/2 to deliver the coupe de grace.