Köln and visitors, Union Berlin are embroiled in some shocking form, and it is hard to split them when they meet at the RheinEnergieStadion this weekend.
Date: Saturday, June 13
Köln’s season is fast bordering on inauspicious, and their run of six games without victory has further exacerbated the situation at the club. Back-to-back defeats to Hoffenheim and Leipzig was followed by a 1-1 draw with Augsburg last time out to leave them in 12th, and seven points clear of danger.
The Billy Goats came inches away from getting an important win in Augsburg, but saw Anthony Modeste’s effort cancelled out by a Phillip Max’s strike late on.
Union Berlin have fared even worse than their opposition, having failed to win any of their last seven games in the division, losing all of their last three away from home.
Thankfully, they have a kind-looking schedule and can expect to finish the campaign comfortably, with Paderborn, Hoffenheim and a final day home game with Fortuna Duesseldorf still to come.
Dominick Drexler and Sebastiaan Bornauw are available for selection again after serving suspensions.
Niklas Hauptmann is nearing a return from a groin operation and misses out again.
Otherwise, Markus Gisdol could stick with the side that earned the draw last time out.
Robert Andrich faces suspension for yellow card accumulation and thus, misses out.
Julian Ryerson is ruled out until the end of the season with a knee injury while Akaki Gogia is still not over his knee ligament damage.
Sheraldo Becker has a thigh injury and is still ruled out for a couple weeks.
Head to Head
Union Berlin were 2-0 winners in this game’s reverse fixture, their second in succession while Köln have one win to themselves in four competitive games.
They shared spoils 1-1 the last time they faced off here.
Köln last five competitive games: DDLLD
Union Berlin last five competitive games:LLDLD
One thing that have been evident in Köln’s games despite their evident struggles is goals. 12 of their last 13 league games have seen at least three goals scored so let’s assume this one will equally live up to the billing and bring forth a lot of goals. Should that be the case here again, it could be clever to back over 2.5 for odds of 3/4 as one of the tips to take from this game.
Jhon Córdoba has been a viable goal getter for the hosts and he is 7/5 to score anytime again. The Colombian fired blanks against Augsburg last time out, but his 12 league goals shows he is equipped enough to get at hesitant defences like Union’s.