1.FC Cologne vs. RB Leipzig / Bundesliga – After European failures, Cologne and Leipzig will admeasure forces in the championship, where things are not going well for Cologne and this team is at the bottom of the table without any wins and only one point won. Leipzig is more successful and they have nine points more than their host, but that is not the type of game they have provided last season. Leipzig has one draw and one defeat in the Champions League, while Cologne has two defeats in Europa League. Last season's duel of these rivals in Cologne ended with a score of 1-1. Begins: 01.10.2017. – 18:00 CET
Cologne has moved a little from the dead point in the last round when they managed to stay undefeated in Hannover. They have suffered five defeats before, and they scored only one goal, and the score was 0-0. They started in Europa League, with expected defeat in London by Arsenal with 3-1, but they were also defeated in the second round with 1-0 by Red Star.
They definitely did not have the luck in that duel and they were scoring three times in goalpost, so it is no wonder they were defeated at the end. Everything is going against them this season, but they are obviously hoping that better days have to come, so coach Stoger is still on the bench. One combined team has played in Europa League, with the proviso that after Bittencourt and Osaka entered in the second part, they became much more dangerous. Risse and J.Hectora are still absent due to injury.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Sorensen, Maroh, Heintz – Klunter, Rausch – Ozcan, M.Lehmann, Osako, Bittencourt – Cordoba
Leipzig’s form oscillates and this team only occasionally plays a good match, so they are in sixth place on the table before this match, which is still under the renown of the team that plays the Champions League. They cannot seem to win in this competition and after the draw with Monaco they were defeated by Besiktas with 2-0. Only when they received goals, they started playing better, but it was late and they only have one point won. In the championship, they have after a draw with Borussia M’gladbach, lost to Augsburg away, when they played in a combined team.
In the last round against Eintrach, coach Hasenhuttl sent the strongest forces to the field and they celebrated with 2-1. Timo Werner was the hero of that victory, while he left the game early in Istanbul due to the problems with a noise from the stands. Midfielder Keita was in the field, but he also failed and they could not hope for a better result. Now Keita has one more much of suspension, while Ti.Werner could take a breather, as well as Ilsanker.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Bernardo – Laimer, Demme – Sabitzer, Forsberg – Augustin, Y.Poulsen
1.FC Cologne vs. RB Leipzig PICK
Cologne cannot seem to make a win, even when they are playing well enough. But it has to happen sometime and we expect them to be at the highest level in this match. The only problem is that Leipzig is a very unpleasant opponent, and they can always shine, so maybe the host would satisfy with a draw.
Pick: Asian Handicap +0.5 Cologne
Odds: 1.93 at bet365 (down to 1.83 can be played)