David Wagner’s Schalke 04 side travel to the RheinEnergieStadion on the back of a humbling defeat to Leipzig last time out, to face a Koln side who have recorded three impressive wins in the last five games.
The 6th placed visitors who will be looking to respond to their most recent wobble will hope to avoid a defeat as they seek to maintain their Europe chasing adventure.
The host meanwhile will be looking to consolidate on their impressive 5-0 away win against struggling Hertha Berlin in their last Bundesliga match. The 13th placed side will be looking to pick up all three points and climb higher up the table.
Markus Gisdol will be without defender Noah Katterbach (ankle), Christian Clemens (Knee), and Thomas Kessler (calf). Midfielder Niklas Hauptmann (illness) and Modesta (groin) are also injury doubts for the game.
Head to Head
The last three Bundesliga matches between both sides have all produced draws with Schalke 04 just edging out their weekend hosts in the last two DFB Pokal encounters.
The hosts will be looking to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time since December.
Schalke meanwhile will hope to record just their first win in the league this year.
FC Koln last five matches in all competitions: WLWLW
Schalke 04 last five games in all competitions: LDDWD
Cologne’s 5-0 win over Hertha Berlin the last time out was the fifth consecutive league match that they have been involved in over 3.5 goals scored in the fixture.
They have won three of those matches and the winner in each of those matches has scored the first three goals of the game.
Cologne have a fine home form ahead of this game as they have won four of their last five home league games and three of those wins have come with clean sheets.
The home side has also been in fine goal scoring form and they head into this game having scored in all but two of their last 22 home league games.
Schalke 04 head into this game on a poor run of form as they have won none of their last five league games.
They have lost two of those games and each loss has come via a 5-0 scoreline and they would be keen to avoid such an embarrassment in this game.
The visitors also come here having not scored in any of their last three away league games. If they failed to score here it would be the first time they have encountered such a barren spell since 2001.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 4/5
Both Teams to Score/Yes @ 4/6
Cologne to win @ 6/5