Cologne will be facing visiting side Freiburg at RheinEnergieStadion in this Bundesliga 1 clash on Sunday.
Our Cologne v Freiburg tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - along with the latest match odds.
Cologne are hoping to win again after their last result, a 2-3 Bundesliga 1 success vs Augsburg.
In that game, Cologne managed 48% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. For Cologne, the scorers were Ondrej Duda (8', 33') and Florian Kainz (23'). FC Augsburg 1907 had 13 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Robert Gumny (54') and Ruben Vargas (62') scored for Augsburg.
It’s not been often in recent games that Cologne have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Köln have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 12 goals during that time. Previous results aside, we must now wait to see if that trend shall be sustained in this game.
In the game prior to this, Freiburg drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga 1 match with Hoffenheim.
In that match, Freiburg managed 48% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Freiburg was Vincenzo Grifo (81'). On the other side, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim had 17 shots on goal with 4 on target. Andrej Kramarić (40') scored for Hoffenheim.
Throughout their 6 latest matches, Christian Streich's Freiburg have converted 8 times thus giving them the goals scored per game average of 1.33.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 12/02/2017 tells us that Cologne have won 2 of these games and Freiburg 4, with the tally of drawn results standing at 0.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 27 overall which averages out at 4.5 goals per meeting.
The previous league fixture featuring these clubs was Bundesliga 1 match day 15 on 09/01/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Freiburg 5-0 Cologne.
In that game, Freiburg managed 49% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The goalscorers were Ermedin Demirović (18'), Nicolas Höfler (39'), Roland Sallai (59'), Philipp Lienhart (69') and Lucas Höler (79').
For their opponents, Cologne got 5 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Robert Schröder.
Team News: Cologne
Cologne manager Friedhelm Funkel will be thankful to have no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this game owing to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from.
Team News: Freiburg
Due to a fully injury-free group available for selection, Freiburg manager Christian Streich has zero fitness worries to report ahead of this match.
We’re of the view that Freiburg would be disappointed if they were not to break down this Cologne outfit, although it possibly won’t be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re going for a narrow 2-1 victory for Cologne after 90 minutes. It should be a decent one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (50,000)
Captain: Jonas Hector
Chairman: Werner Wolf
Manager: Friedhelm Funkel
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 16
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