HSV and CologneHamburger SV vs. 1.FC Cologne / 2.Bundesliga – This big derby in 2.Bundesliga is also the last match in the 12th round, which will be played between two top ranked teams on the table. Cologne and HSV are expectedly in these positions, but HSV is in better form. They are in a series of games without defeat, counting the Cup, while Cologne is now in a crisis and they are without a win in the last four duels. Common to these rivals is that they were both eliminated from Bundesliga last season in which they played their last mutual duels. Cologne has then celebrated in Hamburg with 2-0.
Hamburger SV vs. 1.FC Cologne begins 05.11.2018 at 20:30 CET
HSV is not playing great in their first season in 2.Bunesliga in the history of the club, but since they are currently second, there is no reason for dissatisfaction. They experienced two defeats, but both were very convincing and they, interestingly, both happened on their field. They lost to Kiel with 3-0, while Regensburg mastered them totally unexpectedly with 5-0.
They played three draws and each time it was 0-0, of which two times on their field. It turns out that when they score a goal, they achieve a victory. They are in a nice series of five rounds without defeat, and they only received one goal in these matches, while they mastered Wehen in the Cup with 3-0 as guests. Against Magdeburg, in the last round, they achieved a goal for 1-0 victory with one less player on the field, because center-back Bates got suspended, so Lacroix will now be on the field.
Probable lineups Hamburger SV: Pollersbeck – G.Sakai, Lacroix, van Drongelen, D.Santos – Mangala – Narey, Hunt, Holtby – Ito, Lasogga
It is interesting that Cologne also has two defeats this season and they lost both those matches on their field. They were defeated by Paderborn and Duisburg, which was then the last on the table. Cologne has, unlike HSV, played all three draws with a score of 1-1 and the “Billy Goats” have at least scored one goal in all those games this season. It is not surprising, they are the most efficient team in the league and that they score more than two goals per match on average. However, they have a series of three matches without a win in the championship and they appear to be in a small crisis.
It all begun with their defeat from Duisburg, after which they played a draw with Kiel as guests and with Heidenheim at home. This was followed by their elimination from the Cup, with the proviso that they played against Schalke and they were close to a victory. They received a goal for 1-1 in the finish and they were eliminated after the penalty. Coach Anfang has left their first goalkeeper Terodde on the bench but the rest of the team was almost the strongest and it still did not help. Sobiech, Koziello, Nartey and Clemens are still injured.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Risse, J.Mere, Czichos, J.Hector – Hoger, Schaub, Drexler, S.Ozcan – Terodde, Guirassy
Hamburger SV vs. 1.FC Cologne PICK
HSV and Cologne are very similar in many things this season, so their mutual duel could be the same. HSV is in a better form, but Cologne scores goals with ease and they are playing great as guests. That is why we expect goals in both nets in this match.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.61 at bethard (down to 1.56 can be played)
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