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Cologne take on visiting team Union Berlin at RheinEnergieStadion in the Bundesliga 1 clash on Sunday.
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Cologne head into this fixture following a 1-1 Bundesliga 1 drawn match against Werder Bremen.
In that game, Cologne had 33% possession and 7 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. SV Werder Bremen got 16 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Niklas Moisander (67' Own goal) and Leonardo Bittencourt (82') scored for Werder Bremen.
It has been all too rare in recent games that Cologne haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Köln have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 9 goals during that time. That sort of trend isn’t assured to follow through into this game, of course.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Cologne:
- have not beaten Union Berlin in their previous 4 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 9 league matches. Such a poor run.
Union Berlin will come into the encounter following on from a 5-0 Bundesliga 1 win versus Arminia Bielefeld in their last fixture.
In that match, Union Berlin managed 50% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. For Union Berlin, the scorers were Keita Endo (3'), Robert Andrich (13'), Sheraldo Becker (45'), Max Kruse (52') and Cedric Teuchert (89'). Arminia Bielefeld got 6 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
A series of outstanding displays by the Union Berlin defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their previous 6 outings combined. During the same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 15.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Union Berlin:
- remain undefeated by Cologne when they've played them away from home in the last 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head clashes going back to 04/11/2013 shows us that Cologne have won 2 of these games and Union Berlin 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
In all, 16 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 8 of them from Köln and 8 coming from Union. That is an average goals per game value of 2.67.
The previous league match featuring these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 31 on 13/06/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Cologne 1-2 Union Berlin.
On that occasion, Cologne had 61% possession and 10 shots at goal with 6 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Jhon Córdoba (92').
Union Berlin had 6 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Marvin Friedrich (39') and Christian Gentner (67') scored.
The referee was Martin Petersen.
Team News: Cologne
Cologne manager Markus Gisdol will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match thanks to a completely injury-free squad to pick from.
Team News: Union Berlin
Union Berlin manager Urs Fischer has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Joel Pohjanpalo (Ankle Injury) and Anthony Ujah (Knee Surgery) are not ready for selection.
When taking all factors into account, Union Berlin and Cologne could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a tight encounter, finishing with a 1-1 score draw at the conclusion of the game.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (50,000)
Captain: Jonas Hector
Chairman: Werner Wolf
Manager: Markus Gisdol
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 16, DFB-Pokal (First Round)
🔑 Star Man: Sebastian Andersson
Normally playing in the Striker position, Sebastian Andersson was born in Ängelholm, Sweden. Having made his senior debut playing for Ängelholms FF in the 2010 season, the talented Forward has managed 2 league goals in this Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 season so far in 7 appearances.