Bundesliga Action at the OPEL Arena – Mainz face FC Köln

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The OPEL Arena sees Friday action as Mainz take on Cologne – 8:30pm GMT.

Cologne to face eleventh Mainz on Friday at the OPEL Arena, with Steffen Baumgart’s squad currently occupying seventh place in the League.

Mainz have 15 points to their name, going into this tie

Bo Svensson will know at the end of this next match, whether Mainz’s season is back on track, having lost their last fixture and drawn against RB Leipzig before that.

Also, Mainz keep finding the winning formula this season, that’s one in a row now. Now they have 4 matches won, 3 games lost and 3 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in eleventh place, with a total of 15 points having won four matches, drawn three meetings, and lost three games.

Mainz have drawn three meetings and lost one game of their four League matches at home this season.

A win in this fixture, would take Mainz’s points from 15 to 18, so far this season.

Bo Svensson will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of three of his Mainz players.

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

Can Cologne make it three out of three, having turned over Augsburg 3-2 and B Mönchengladbach 5-2 in their last two games?

Also, Cologne keep finding ways to win, having secured two victories in their last three games is astonishing this season. With a seventh position in the league and 4 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws, they currently have 16 points in the League having won four matches, drawn four fixtures, and lost two fixtures.

Playing away from home, Cologne have won one game, drawn three matches, and lost one game.

A win in this fixture would take FC Köln’s points to 19 in the League.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Cologne, in terms of goals scored (19). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Florian Kainz (4), Steffen Tigges (3), and Benno Erik Schmitz (2). Teams that leak goals on a consistent basis, don’t tend to win anything, such is the situation with Cologne so far, having conceded 17 goals in their last games so far.

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

Mainz v FC Köln – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels these two sides have met 33 times before this fixture, with each recording wins on 12 occasions. Further, seven of the previous 14 matches between Mainz and Cologne have resulted in a Mainz win. Their most recent encounter in this competition The 05ers secured a 3-2 home win.

Other players of note for Mainz are Karim Onisiwo and Aaron Martin with three goals each and for Cologne are Florian Kainz and Steffen Tigges with four goals both.