Relegation-threatened Dusseldorf travel Cologne to mid-table FC Koln, who are looking for their first win in three League games.
The Billy goats who sit in 10th place will look to pick up valuable three points and recover the impressive post-winter break form that saw them pick up three wins on the bounce while winning five in seven during that period.
On their part, Dusseldorf are rooted in a relegation fight as they occupy the play-off position, having picked up just 23 points from 26 games.
Markus Gisdol will be the services of German defender Rafael Jorge Mere who is out with a muscle injury. Ismail Jakobs (illness), Niklas Hauptmann, and Marcel Risse are also unavailable.
Meanwhile, Uwe Rösler will be without defender Kaan Ayhan who misses out due to suspension for picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in their last game against Paderborn. Oliver Fink is out of the side, while Dawid Kownacki and Bernhard Tekpetey miss out with knee and thigh injuries.
The head-to-head record between both sides in the last five meetings stands at two wins apiece. Four of their meetings in the last five have come in the second-tier of the league. These meetings have produced 13 goals with two clean sheets.
FC Koln last five games in all competitions: DLWWW
Dusseldorf’s last five matches in all competitions: DDLDW.
Fortuna Dusseldorf has the worst discipline record with 65 yellow cards and three red cards in the league this season. SC Paderborn are not far behind though with 62 yellow cards to their name this season meaning that we can expect a game heavy on cards
Apart from having a bad disciplinary record, the host have one of the poorest defense for teams in the mid-table, having conceded 47 goals in 26 league games.
At the other end of the pitch, Markus Gisdol’s side boasts one of the leagues’ finest attacks. Having scored 41 league goals, they sit 6th for the team with the most goals.
The Billy goats seem to enjoy a high-scoring encounter as all the games they have played since the winter break have produced 2.5 goals. Six of the games in this period have seen games involving Koln produce 3.5 goals.
They do love a second-half goal at home, though, as 60% of their thirteen home league games have been scored after the break this season. However, one of these 13 games has produced a scoreless first half.
Despite the home side’s porous defense, Dusseldorf, on their part, are toothless, scoring just 23 goals this season. Their attack seems to have derailed their season as getting goals have been their undoing.
Uwe Rösler’s side are the masters of a draw game, with just three sides recording more draws than the visitors in the league this season. Also, only one team has dropped more points from a winning position. Three of their last five draws have seen them a lead.
With a goal difference of -23, the visitors are also the league’s third-worst defense.
Both Teams to Score/No @ 11/8
Under 2.5 Goals @ 5/4
FC Koln Draw No Bet @ 1/3