FC Koln and RB Leipzig will meet at Rhein Energie Stadion on Monday for the last game of the 29th round in 2019-20 German Bundesliga. Cologne are easily sitting in mid-table on 11th place with 34 points, seven more than the first side in the relegation zone, while the Red Bulls are third in the standings with 55 points.
The Red Bulls have been one of the best teams in the competition for an exceptionally lengthy timespan, and they are at present placed in the third position in the table. They are going after a Champions League place, and thinking about that they are taking on a recently promoted and battling Koln, a Leipzig win is anticipated this Monday.
A 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin has everything except completed RB Leipzig’s tilt at the Bundesliga title, with Bayern now nine points in front of them at the top of the table, yet that shouldn’t prevent the east German side from trying to proceed with their superb run form in the league.
Despite their title desires fading RB Leipzig have just lost three games this season, with their current unbeaten run extending back nine matches. Their last match was that disappointing 2-2 draw, where they valiantly defended their lead with 10 men, just for a late Krzysztof Piątek penalty to rob them of two points.
Köln are as yet waiting for their first win since the restart, in the wake of suffering a 3-1 loss against a Christoph Baumgartner-inspired Hoffenheim. They were played out of the game after losing their centre-back Sebastiaan Bornauw in the 26th minute, however, they can be proud of their fightback after Hoffenheim were diminished to 10 men after the 50th minute, with the harm previously done.
Koln vs RB Leipzig Team News
FC Koln hope to get once more into winning ways on home soil. After the midweek fixtures, they are eleventh in the table, while their opponents RB Leipzig stayed in the third position. FC Koln haven’t made some incredible time since the Bundesliga season continued. They had drawn their initial two games yet then lost 3-1 at Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening.
The two sides had a player sent off yet Koln got themselves 3-0 down after 48 minutes. One goal was pulled back yet a penalty was missed and they slumped to defeat. That is left them eight points untied of the final Europa League place yet just seven above the relegation play-off position. They are unbeaten in their last three at home yet the last two have both finished in 2-2 draws.
Getting a point from their last home fixture was an accomplishment as they trailed Fortuna Dusseldorf with only two minutes of normal time remaining. It could have been a success however as they had missed a 59th-minute penalty. That other 2-2 draw was at home to Mainz, an alternate story there as they let slip a 2-0 lead. There have been a lot of goals scored in recent home games, 12 in the last five with the two teams scoring in four of them.
With 4 straight games without a success, Koln is gradually dropping in the standings and is presently in 11th spot with 34 points, only 7 points away from the relegation zone. Koln has been pretty consistent on the offensive end and they have scored at least one goal in their last 14 games in Bundesliga.
Koln has likewise conceded at least one goal in their last 5 games in Bundesliga. As much as Koln was consistent offensively, it wasn’t sufficient as they yielded 10 goals in their last 5 games. In general, Koln is right up there with some of the huge teams offensively with 44 scored goals, yet with 52 yielded goals, Koln is one of the most noticeably terrible teams in Bundesliga. In their midweek match against Hoffenheim on the road, Koln was the better team with 57% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 10 corner kicks, and high 88% of the right passes. Once again Koln’s defense was a debacle and they have lost this game 3-1.
Cordoba is leading goal scorer for Koln with 11 goals, while Uth and Bornauw included 5 goals each. Risse is harmed, while Bornauw is suspended as a result of the red card. Koln will have the option to get a few more points until the finish of the season which will leave them in Bundesliga next season too. Koln is a strong team that can score a lot of goals if just their defense was slightly better.
RB Leipzig could have gone second if succeeding at home to Hertha Berlin. It didn’t occur however as they went a goal down after only nine minutes. They recouped to take the lead but a goal eight minutes from time earned the guests a point. That left Leipzig in third and nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich. They are just two away from Bayer Leverkusen in fifth so a bit of work is expected to make sure about a top-four completion and a Champions League place.
Draws have harmed their title challenge with four in the last five matches and six in the last eight. They are unbeaten in their last nine league games with only one defeat in the last 18. Leipzig have won eight of their 12 away league games this season with only two losses.
A +22 goal difference shows exactly what a danger they are on their travels. Their last three games have seen them score 10 goals, getting five past both Schalke and Mainz. Just 13 goals have been yielded and just Bayern Munich have scored more on the road and they have kept four straight off clean sheets.
Before the season began once more, Leipzig had a better than average opportunity to win the title, however in their first game in more than two months, Leipzig has played 1-1 which knocked them out of the title race. Regardless of whether Leipzig despite everything had trust from that point forward, they tied against Hertha a few days back and Leipzig is now without an opportunity to arrive at the top spot in Bundesliga.
Leipzig must concentrate presently to win one of the staying 3 spots that lead to the Champions League because 4 teams are going after three spots, and every one of the four teams are within four points. Leipzig is presently in 4th spot with 55 points, yet they have one game less than Leverkusen in 3rd spot.
In their most recent match in Bundesliga against Hertha at home, Leipzig has had 57% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 84% of the right passes. The first half outcome was 1-1, yet in the 63rd minute, Leipzig has yielded a red card and was presently a player short against a strong Hertha team. In 68th minute Schick shot the ball towards the goal and Hertha’s goalkeeper made a horrible mistake, and all of an abrupt Leipzig was ahead. In the 82nd minute, Hertha was awarded an extra shot and scored, and this match finished in a 2-2 draw.
Timo Werner has scored 24 times for Leipzig this season, while Nkunku included 14 assists. Ampadu and Poulsen are harmed, while Halstenberg is suspended because of the red card. The rest of the season will be exciting for Leipzig as they need every point to remain in on of the top four places, yet for that to happen Leipzig must find a way to remain focused through the whole game.
Koln vs RB Leipzig Head to Head (h2h)
A fairly new fixture in German football, Köln have just played RB Leipzig on five events, with the Red Bulls-backed side winning three of them, remembering a 4-1 triumph for the reverse fixture back in November. Köln’s just success was a 2-1 triumph last season, and their first meeting finished in a 1-1 drawback in 2016.
Just once have the Billy Goats won against this rival up until now. Not once have the Goats kept a clean sheet against this adversary. At this venue, the visitors have a 100% unbeaten record throughout the years. The last time these two locked horns at this ground, the guests won 1-2.
The way that Leipzig hold a 11-6 goal difference across five meetings shows the bay in class between the sides, however, Köln might be getting their adversaries at a decent time.
Date: Monday, 1 June 2020
Start Time: 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Rhein Energie Stadion (Cologne)
TV Channel: BT Sport (UK), FOX Sports (US), fuboTV (US)
FC Koln vs RB Leipzig Prediction
The Billy Goats were defeated 3-1 on the road the last match-day, by Hoffenheim. It was a significant 90 minutes, with two red cards, one missed penalty, one disallowed goal, and four goals. All through the match-up, the hosts dominated proceedings and permitted not an inch-space for the Goats to significantly assemble the courage to endeavor a rebound.
In the interim, the Red Bulls were held to a 2-2 draw at home the past game week, by Hertha. The hosts had an opportunity to post the success, as they were leading 2-1 in any event when there were only ten minutes left on the game clock. In any case, Hertha managed to slot in the equalizer towards the finish of the match, to leave with a draw.
As things stand, the Bulls are easily the top choices. They have been a significant team in the league for a very long time, and are perpetual contenders for the Champions League places. They are now placed in the 3rd position and have an incredible possibility at qualifying or Europe’s premier competition.
Then again, the Goats were absent in this league the past season, as they were taking care of their obligations in the 2.Bundesliga. As such, they do need experience and introduction. What’s more, the Bulls have a 100% unbeaten record in h2h conflicts at this arena, and they have not even once kept a clean sheet against them.
While neither one of the sides is in a remarkable electric form they were appearing before the break, RB Leipzig ought to have the option to show their quality if they manage to get their attacking players ready at the Rhein Energie Stadion.
The additional pressure of Köln having a makeshift centre-back matching, along with Nkunku coming back to the forward line, ought to be a lot for the hosts to deal with. While there ought to be minimal possibility of an upset, Köln might have the option to compel a score draw on the off chance that they start well and keep their performance high.
Such a large number of draws have dented the Leipzig title challenge. They currently face a fight to complete in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. Away form is good, they appear to either draw 0-0 or win 5-0 in their four latest matches. FC Koln lost in midweek and have yielded 52 goals in the Bundesliga this season. Facing the strong Leipzig attack, they are probably going to battle and the tip here is for an away success.
FC Koln vs RB Leipzig Probable lineups
Probable lineup: Hector (c) – Kainz, Horn – Ehizibue, Leistner, Uth, Jakobs – Cordoba, Schmitz – Skhiri, Mere
Out: Risse (knee), Bornauw (suspended)
Doubtful: Hauptmann (groin)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Probable lineup: Angelino – Sabitzer (c), Gulacsi – Mukiele, Klostermann, Olmo, Werner – Schick, Upamecano, Laimer – Nkunku
Out: Poulsen (ankle), Ampadu (back), Konate (hamstring), Halstenberg (suspended),
Doubtful: Kampl (groin)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann