An essential match for both teams. With this victory, Koln is practically saved from the relegation, while on the other side, if they do not succeed in coming home with three points, the Bulls could lose the Champions League spot for the next season. They’ve been spilling points over the previous few weeks, and although they haven’t lost a single match, those draws had an equal impact on their position like defeats.
Koln (+475) is without a win in the previous four games Since coming back to the pitch and the restart of the league, the Billy Goats had two draws and one loss. That happened in the last round against Hoffenheim on the road, 3-1, while the previous two games ended 2-2, against Dusseldorf and Mainz. Both were at home.
In general, Koln plays efficient matches, and the previous nine events ended with over 2.5 goals. Also, the last five saw both sides to score. These numbers are telling us that this team plays offensive and open football, without relying upon defensive tasks too much.
On the other side, RB (-210) is disappointing its fans. One week they are playing world-class football, the next, they are losing points at home against mediocre teams. Those oscillations eventually hurt their championship ambitions, and RB now has to fight for the UCL.
Leipzig didn’t lose for 10 straight games, but a lot of draws was what killed their title hopes. Since the restart, they played 1-1 at home against Freiburg, then demolished Mainz on the road 0-5, and eventually, played just 2-2 against Hertha Berlin this week at home also. Basically, that is four points lost, and with them, Julian Nagelsmann’s crew would be in a much better position.
They now have 55 points, one fewer than Leverkusen and Monchengladbach, and five than Dortmund, with a game in hand.
Just to mention, Leipzig hasn’t allowed a single goal on the road in the last five games.
Koln’s Sebastiaan Bornauw is suspended for two games after receiving a direct red card. This is his first and won’t be eligible to play against Augsburg also. Marcel Risse is injured, while Niklas Hauptmann remains doubtful.
Marcel Halstenberg is suspended for this one, while Yussuf Poulsen, Ibrahima Konate, and Fabrice Hartmann are all injured. Ethan Ampadu is questionable.
Head to Head Matches
Leipzig rolled over Koln with 4-1 in the first part of the season. Everything was over already after the first 45 minutes. Werner, Forsberg twice and Laimer netted for RB, while Czichos scored for Koln.
Since 2016 these two sides played five events, and all saw both teams to score, with just the first one concluding without three or more scores.
Many believe that this might be a very interesting match filled with goals. There are several reasons for that. The first is the overall situation of both crews, as both Koln and RB simply need to win. Koln to avoid any potential problems in the relegation battle, and RB to reach back into the Champions League zone.
Over 2.5 goals with both sides to net, is the first solution here. Moneyline is -133, and when looking at the risk, it seems ok.
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