Bundesliga / 1.FC Cologne vs Borussia M'gladbach – Local derby where Borussia is in better situation; it won four points and was defeated for the first time in the previous round. Cologne won just once and it did so right in the previous round when they played in Freiburg. The two teams met the last time two seasons ago and then Cologne won at home by 2-1.
Game 1.FC Cologne vs Borussia M'gladbach begins 14.09.2019 at 15:30 CET
Cologne won the first points this season no sooner than in the third round. True, no one expected that they could do something in first two rounds since they firstly played in Wolfsburg and lost by 2-1, where they scored their only goal in the finish of match. In the second round Cologne met Borussia Dortmund and were defeated by 3-1 despite being the first to take lead after Drexler scored in 29 minute. They lost steam in last 20 minutes when they received all three goals. In the last round they won Freiburg away after a turnaround and rather luckily. Skhiri, who came this summer, scored in the second minute of the injury time. Schaub played instead of Cordoba, whom we now expect on the pitch from the first minute.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T. Horn – Ehizibue, J. Mere, Czichos, Hector – Skhiri, Verstraete – Ki. Schindler, Drexler – Cordoba, Modeste
Borussia have problems when playing at home at the beginning of season when it failed to win two home matches. In the first round they played a goalless drew with Schalke, which was definitely unusual. In the previous round they faced Leipzig at home, which was the most interesting match of the round, and they fared even worse. They lost by 3-1 and they scored the only goal in the injury time, meaning they were nowhere near to draw. They played the best game in the second round in Mainz, where they won 3-1 after a turnaround. We expect changes in team so Kramer could be a starter, just like Traore, while Ginter is questionable.
Probable lineups Borussia M'gladbach: Sommer – Lainer, Ginter (Jantschke), Elvedi, Wendt – Kramer, Zakaria – Embolo – Traore, Thuram, Plea
Betting Pick: 1.FC Cologne vs Borussia M'gladbach
Cologne didn’t play badly but the results are not good. We believe that they can play well against Borussia that seems more dangerous when playing away, however, we don’t believe that are capable to win all three points in Cologne.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Cologne
Odds: 1.95 at 888sport (down to 1.85 can be played)
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