Foot Predictions shows the Bundesliga clash on Saturday between FC Köln and Stuttgart, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
FC Köln entertain Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with the hosts just two points behind their next opponent at the table with a win.
After a brilliant start back in Germany’s top flight, Stuttgart has been stuttering a bit lately, winning just one of the last six league games.
Cologne, meanwhile, have advanced three points ahead of the relegation zone in recent weeks, with momentum moving in a positive direction after the additions of Emmanuel Bonaventure and Max Meyer in the January transfer window.
However, as the relegation rival Arminia Bielefeld’s surprise draw with Bayern Munich showed on Monday night, there is still a long way to go before Markus Gisdol and your group of players can breathe easily for survival.
Cologne was also very depressed during the 2-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. On another day, the score could have been much more uneven, with only a combination of excellent goalkeeper of Timo Horn and unusually poor finish by Andre silva keeping Koln in the game.
However, Gisdol’s team should be able to play much more on their own terms, against a Stuttgart team that is struggling a bit for confidence at the moment, with Bonaventure waiting for more services while seeking his first goal for the club in the league.
In fact, Pellegrino Matarazzo would target a home game against tough Hertha Berlin as a golden opportunity for everyone, but put an end to any lingering fear of relegation, but was denied by a 1-1 draw at the end of the visitors.
Sasa Kalajdzic had led the home team with his fourth goal in three games at the end of the first half, after the striker was narrowly considered to be in play. Borna Sosafree shot of.
However, Matarazzo’s team failed to press to achieve their advantage, with Matheus Cunha desperately unlucky not to match after seeing his chipped effort miraculously eliminated from the line by Waldemar Anton.
In the end it was a 17 year old Luca Netz that saved a crucial point for visitors, with a replacement Sami KhediraAn excellent pass against his former club found the young man, who calmly fired into the house and became Hertha’s youngest ever goal scorer.
Stuttgart still have a very healthy eight-point advantage over their recent opponent and relegation zone, but they need to win somewhere quite quickly to avoid worsening morale.
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Koln will likely remain without Ismail Jakobs, Jonas Hector, Sebastian Bornauw, Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz due to injury.
Marius Wolf was forced to leave the action prematurely in the defeat to Frankfurt, with a suspected ankle injury that is likely to keep Borussia Dortmund on loan for about a month.
Stuttgart, in turn, will travel to Cologne without Daniel Didavi, Darko Churlinov, Nicolas Gonzalez, Gonzalo Castro, Clinton Mola, Lilian Egloff and Hamadi Al Ghaddioui due to injury, which makes its recent form (or lack thereof) even more understandable.
Kalajdzic will maintain his position in the attack, with his team’s hopes of getting a positive result largely based on his best scorer Silas Wamangitukashoulders of.
Possible starting lineup for FC Koln:
Thorn; Cestic, Mere, Czichos; Rexhbecaj, J. Horn, Skhiri, Ozcan, Katterbach; Duda, Bonaventure
Possible starting line-up for Stuttgart:
Kobel; Mavropanos, Karazor, Anton; Wamangituka, Mangala, Endo, Sosa; Coulibaly, Kalajdzic, Klimowicz
Probability: FC Koln 1-1 Stuttgart
We can imagine the two sides quite happy with one point in this game, especially as it would ensure that Köln would spend another weekend out of the last three.
However, Kalajdzic will have to be closely scored by the home team’s three defenders to get a positive result.
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