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Schalke make the trip to RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday for the Bundesliga 1 clash with hosts Cologne.
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Cologne enter this fixture following a 2-2 DFB-Pokal draw against Regensburg.
In that game, Cologne managed 62% possession and 25 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Cologne, the goals were scored by Mark Uth (28') and Dejan Ljubičić (63'). At the other end, Jahn Regensburg had 10 shots on goal with 2 on target. Andreas Albers (18') and Prince Osei Owusu (26') scored for Regensburg. Regensburg ran out winners after a 3-4 penalty shootout.
Cologne have been conceding pretty frequently lately, although they have also found ways to hit the back of the net themselves. Over their last 6 matches, Cologne have conceded in 6 of them as well as scoring in 5 of those matches.
Schalke will go into this match following a 0-5 DFB-Pokal win versus Bremer in their previous game.
In that game, Schalke had 77% possession and 29 shots at goal with 12 on target. For Schalke, goals were scored by Rodrigo Zalazar (2'), Dominick Drexler (12', 33') and Marcin Kamiński (83'). Bremer got 8 shots at goal with 2 on target.
Schalke have been dangerous up front of late, having scored 18 times in their last 6 matches. While their manager Frank Kramer will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Schalke can also improve defensively after being scored against in 5 of those same games. That kind of pattern might not be sustained into this game, however.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 22/04/2018 tells us that Cologne have won 3 of these and Schalke 0, with the number of drawn games standing at 3.
A combined total of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 10 for Köln and 5 netted by Schalke. That is an average goals per game value of 2.5.
The previous league game between the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 34 on 22/05/2021 which ended up with the score at Cologne 1-0 Schalke.
On that occasion, Cologne managed 66% possession and 21 attempts at goal with 10 on target. Their only player to score was Sebastiaan Bornauw (86').
On the other side, Schalke got 6 attempts at goal with 0 on target.
The match was refereed by Daniel Siebert.
Team News: Cologne
The Cologne boss Steffen Baumgart will be grateful to have no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash thanks to a fully healthy squad available to choose from.
In our view, Köln should opt for a 4-1-3-2 formation in the match, handing starts to Marvin Schwaebe, Benno Schmitz, Luca Kilian, Julian Chabot, Jonas Hector, Ellyes Skhiri, Jan Thielmann, Dejan Ljubicic, Florian Kainz, Anthony Modeste and Sargis Adamyan.
Team News: Schalke
With a completely healthy squad available to choose from, the Schalke boss Frank Kramer has zero fitness worries to speak of before this match.
It’s our belief that Schalke might make use of a 4-4-2 system, settling for Alexander Schwolow, Cedric Brunner, Maya Yoshida, Marcin Kaminski, Thomas Ouwejan, Rodrigo Zalazar, Alex Kral, Tom Krauss, Tobias Mohr, Simon Terodde and Sebastian Polter.
Schalke have enough to put a goal past this Cologne side, however it probably shouldn’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We are anticipating a 2-1 victory for Cologne at the end of the 90 minutes. Could easily see this go either way.
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: Steffen Baumgart
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 9, DFB-Pokal (First Round), Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round)