Red Star vs. 1.FC Cologne / Europa League – Another match that directly decides who will be in the sixteenth finals of Europa League. In this case, Red Star and Cologne has the same number of points, but a draw is good for the host, because they in the first duel defeated Cologne with 1-0 and that is why the “Billy Goats” have to return if they want the second place. Otherwise, in the domestic championship Red Star is the leader on the table, while Cologne is the last in Bundesliga, and last weekend both teams recorded draws with 2-2 as guests. Begins: 07.12.2017. – 21:05 CET
A very good first half of the season for Red Star and the crown should be placement in the knockout phase of Europa League, and it should be said that this team has not played a spring in Europe for 25 years. This team can boast even with the title of European champions, but those were some other times and they would now be delightful for the 16th finals. They played really good and only Arsenal defeated them minimally, with the proviso that they possibility get to a draw in that match against the famous English team with which they played a draw as guests.
They might have more than two draws against Bate Borisov, but that is why it is important to say that they lost two goals in five rounds and that is the least in this group. In domestic championship, they are holding the first place with six points more than their only competitor Partizan, although they only played a draw with Backa on Sunday. They have no problems with the team and the strongest team should be on the field.
Probable lineups Red Star: Borjan – Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Gobeljic – Krsticic, Donald – Srnic, Kanga, Milic – Boakye
Cologne is still playing on all three fronts, but a big question is how will this season unfold for the “Billy Goats”, especially when it comes to the championship. As for Europa League, this match decides whether we will watch for them in Europe in the spring. In the Cup they also went to third round, but they are still without a win in the championship and they are convincingly the last, and the zone of rescue is very far, although they played a draw in the last round when they played a tough away match with Schalke.
Interestingly, only after this even a good result, they decided to finally dismiss their coach Stoger. His assistant Ruthenbeck will now lead the team and hope that this change could cause a positive shock to the players so they can win the knockout stage with the victory. However, what needs to be stressed are huge problems with players’ injuries and the entire set of 11 football players is out of action, so a new coach will have to improvise in this duel.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Klunter, Sorensen, Bisseck – Olkowski, Ozcan, M.Lehmann, Rausch – Jojic, Guirassy – Osako
Red Star vs. 1.FC Cologne PICK
Red Star is playing very hard in Europa League and given that a draw is a good result, we expect them to be again defensive. Cologne is in big trouble and they need a win, but it is hard to expect that they can force a rhythm, so we predict a match with a smaller number of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.70 at bet365 (down to 1.60 can be played)