One of the sides still yet to win since the restart of the Bundesliga, Köln welcome high-flying Leipzig to RheinEnergieStadion on Monday, with the visitors desperate to nail down Champions League qualification.
Date: Monday, June 1
Kick-off: 19:30 pm
Köln’s non-descript form has seen them take a paltry two points from a possible 12 in their last four league games, with their trip to Sinsheim last time out resulting in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim.
However, they remain close to mid-table (11th) with 34 points and will be targeting their first home victory since February.
Leipzig were held 2-2 by Hertha Berlin on Wednesday, with Krzysztof Piatek’s late penalty denying The Red Bulls what could have been a second successive victory after their 1-1 stalemate with Freiburg on the resumption day of the Bundesliga.
Only once have they lost to Köln in each of their five competitive meetings, with the last scoreline they recorded in November reading 4-1 in their favour.
Sebastiaan Bornauw was sent off against Hoffenheim and so, is suspended.
Ismail Jakobs has overcame his bout of coronavirus and is available for selection.
Niklas Hauptmann is nearing a return from a groin operation.
Yussuf Poulsen is ruled out with an ankle injury.
While Kevin Kampl is doubtful after sitting out against Hertha Berlin due to a groin injury, Ibrahima Konaté is struggling with a hip problem.
Dayot Upamecano is available after suspension but Marcel Halstenberg who was sent off in midweek
Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu will sit out this one with a back injury.
Head to Head
There have been five competitive matches played between these two sides, with Leipzig winning three, including the most recent meeting. Köln have won once and their first ever meeting in 2016 ended deadlocked.
Köln’s last five competitive matches: WLDDL
Leipzig’s last five competitive matches: DDDWD
Leipzig will be expected to get the job done here, despite playing away from their fortress and Köln’s indifferent form thus lends it a helping hand. Die Roten Bullen remain unbeaten in their last nine league games, and having dropped far too many important points in their race for the title will now make certain they tighten up to avoid running the risk of dropping out of the Champions League picture. They are 8/15 to secure an away victory here, and should pay out on Monday.
With Köln having conceded at least two goals in their last four whilst also scoring at least two goals in five of their last six home matches, Both Teams To Score at 8/15 should be another interesting option to pick here.
Timo Werner is 7/10 to score anytime. The German has 24 to his name already as he continues to chase down Robert Lewandowski on the goal standings and one feel he will have some more to fill his boots here. He opened the scoring the last time these two sides faced off.