1.FC Cologne vs MSV Duisburg / 2.Bundesliga – The ninth round 2.Bundeslige will be closed by two teams that are on the first and last place on the table. Cologne is the leader on the table and they are on the excellent path to expressly return in Bundesliga, while Duisburg is last and it is already becoming certain that they may get eliminated. Cologne is the most efficient team in the league with only one defeat, and Duisburg is still waiting for the first win. Last time they met in 2013 also in 2.Bundesliga and then both games ended unresolved.
1.FC Cologne vs MSV Duisburg begins 08.10.2018 at 20:30 CET
Cologne is now safely stepping towards the return in Bundesliga and they have only made two mistakes, interestingly, both on their field. Already in the second round they played 1-1 with Union Berlin, while they in the 5th round lost to Paderborne in a very strange match with 5-3. A round before that they were a team that has scored the same result against St.Pauli on the side and they have a total of six wins, so it no wonder they are the leaders on the table.
Those victories were not all quite convincing and they had problems in some matches, like Ingolstadt when they were losing and finally celebrated with 2-1 thanks to a goal by Terodde. This striker was also great in the last round when they celebrated against Arminia with 3-1 and he has again scored two goals, which is a total this season. Coach Anfang is changing the composition even when they are winning, but he is also forced due to injuries. Now Risse could go back to the right back.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Risse, L.Sobiech, Czichos, J.Hector – Hoger, Schaub – Koziello, Drexler, Guirassy – Terodde
Unlike Cologne, the team of Duisburg is in all the worse situation and they are nailed to the bottom of the table. It is no surprise that they are the only team in the league that has not yet made any victories and they were winning points thanks to only two draws they played as guests. All four games in front of their supporters were lost and they only scored two goals. They are more efficient as guests and all five of their goals outside of their stadium were scored in the mentioned two draws. It was 2-2 against Union Berlin, and they played 3-3 in a strange match with Magdeburg.
In the previous four games they managed to score a goal and they lost in the last round on their field from Regensburg with 3-1. After 15 minutes they received two goals and it was difficult to return to the game. After all, it is quite logical that they have received the most goals in the league, as well as that they have already changed their coach. Coach Torsten Lieberknecht will lead them in this game and we will see what he will change compared to his predecessor, Ilija Gruev. He was also constantly rotating his starting lineup, seeking a winning combination in which he failed.
Probable lineups MSV Duisburg: Mesenholer – Wiegel, Bomheuer, Nauber, Wolze – Schnellhardt, Frode – Gyau, Engin, Souza – Verhoek
1.FC Cologne vs MSV Duisburg PICK
The difference in quality is evident, and in what kind of form these teams are is best shown by the situation on the table. When we add to this all the advantage of their field, then it is clear that Cologne must celebrate a safe victory.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1 Cologne
Odds: 1.63 at betvictor (down to 1.56 can be played)
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