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The Bundesliga 1 match at RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday will see home side Cologne doing battle with Hoffenheim.
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Cologne will play in this fixture following on from a 1-1 Bundesliga 1 draw versus Eintracht Frankfurt.
In that game, Cologne had 35% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Cologne was Florian Kainz (43'). Eintracht Frankfurt had 13 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Niels Nkounkou (87') was the scorer for Eintracht Frankfurt.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games that Cologne have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Cologne have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, letting in 8 goals during that time. Such a trend might not follow through into this game, of course.
Taking a look at their past results, Cologne:
- haven't lost in the league to Hoffenheim in their previous 2 games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league matches.
Hoffenheim will go into this meeting following on from a 3-1 Bundesliga 1 win to defeat VfL Wolfsburg in their previous game.
In that game, Hoffenheim managed 39% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For Hoffenheim, the goals were scored by John Anthony Brooks (45'), Maximilian Beier (60') and Robert Skov (74'). For their opponents, Wolfsburg got 13 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Tiago Tomás (36') scored for VfL Wolfsburg.
Looking at their form, and Hoffenheim have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 9 goals in all. At the back, Hoffenheim could really do with shoring things up.
Their prior results show that Hoffenheim:
- haven't been defeated by Cologne when they have played them away from home in the previous 7 league games. An impressive run.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 19/09/2020 tells us that Cologne have won 1 of these games & Hoffenheim 4, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A total of 20 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 6 of them from Köln and 14 created by Hoffenheim. The average goals per game has been 3.33.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was Bundesliga 1 match day 29 on 22/04/2023 when the final score was Hoffenheim 1-3 Cologne.
That time, Hoffenheim had 55% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Kasper Dolberg (94').
Cologne got 13 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Florian Kainz (18'), Davie Selke (39') and Jan Thielmann (92') scored.
The match was refereed by Robin Braun.
Team News: Cologne
The Cologne manager Steffen Baumgart will be grateful to have no fitness worries whatsoever coming into this game with a fully injury-free squad to choose from.
In our view, Köln could kick off with a 4-1-4-1 formation for this one, beginning the first half with Marvin Schwaebe, Benno Schmitz, Timo Huebers, Julian Chabot, Leart Paqarada, Dejan Ljubicic, Rasmus Carstensen, Denis Huseinbasic, Florian Kainz, Linton Maina and Davie Selke.
Team News: Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim manager Pellegrino Matarazzo has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Bambasé Conté (Unknown Injury), Dennis Geiger (Adductor problems) and Marco John (Unknown Injury) miss out here.
We are inclined to think that Hoffenheim appear most likely to elect for a 3-4-1-2 system, giving starts to Oliver Baumann, Ozan Kabak, Kevin Vogt, John Anthony Brooks, Pavel Kaderabek, Robert Skov, Grischa Proemel, Florian Grillitsch, Andrej Kramaric, Wout Weghorst and Maximilian Beier.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Hoffenheim could well find it tough to score goals against this Cologne lineup who we think might well score at least once to gain the upper hand.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive game with a 1-0 win for Cologne at the end of the 90 minutes.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (50,000)
Chairman: Werner Wolf
Manager: Steffen Baumgart
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 14, DFB-Pokal (First Round)