Bundesliga – FC Köln to face Hoffenheim on Match-day 12

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Cologne at home against Hoffenheim – Sunday – 7:30pm GMT – The Rhein Energie Stadion.

This clash sees seventh play tenth, as struggling Hoffenheim visit the Rhein Energie Stadion to face Cologne.

FC Köln have so far accrued 16 points in this season of the Bundesliga

Another victory would be a terrific achievement, but that is what Steffen Baumgart will be asking from his team, as they go into this game on the back of strong results after beating Mainz 5-0 and Augsburg 3-2

Also, Steffen Baumgart’s Cologne have lost two of their last three matches this season. They currently stand tenth in the League, with 16 points for a total of 4 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws having won four fixtures, drawn four matches, and lost three fixtures.

Playing at home, Cologne have won three meetings, drawn one game, and lost one game.

FC Köln will have 19 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Good Attacking Performance

Cologne have a good scoring record this season, with 19 netted so far (17 from open play and two penalties). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Florian Kainz (4), Steffen Tigges (3), and Benno Erik Schmitz (2). Cologne’s defensive record in the Bundesliga has so far been very weak, with 22 goals conceded in their last games. This is an issue that Steffen Baumgart urgently needs to address within the dressing room.

It is likely that ten key players will miss Sunday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Steffen Baumgart and his Cologne team.

Hoffenheim arrive at this meeting, having secured 17 points so far this season

Is this to be the game where Hoffenheim to put a halt to their recent record of poor results? They go into this fixture on the back of two recent defeats to Bayern Munich and Schalke.

Also, Hoffenheim keep finding ways to win, having secured five victories in their last 10 matches is astonishing this season. Their position is seventh in the League and they have 17 points, that is, 5W, 4L and 2D having won five games, drawn two matches, and lost four meetings.

Hoffenheim have won two games, drawn one game, and lost two fixtures of their five League matches on the road this season.

Victory for Hoffenheim would take their points tally to 20 so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Hoffenheim, in terms of goals scored (17). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Munas Dabbur (4), Andrej Kramaric (3), and Robert Skov (3). Hoffenheim have conceded 12 goals.

Hoffenheim’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Andre Breitenreiter, ahead of this Sunday’s fixture against their opponents.

FC Köln v Hoffenheim – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels when these two rivals meet, the tendency has been for Hoffenheim to take all the points with 13 wins and six draws. In addition, Cologne are unbeaten in their last two meetings with Hoffenheim at the Rhein Energie Stadion. Their most recent encounter in this competition Hoffenheim secured a 0-1 away win.

Other players of note for Cologne are Florian Kainz and Steffen Tigges with four goals each and for Hoffenheim are Andrej Kramaric and Robert Skov with three goals and three goals respectively.