With German football making its return behind closed doors last weekend, Koln will hope to make a return to winning ways when they welcome relegation scrappers Fortuna Dusseldorf to the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday evening.
While the Billy Goats may have been left hugely frustrated to have thrown away a two-goal lead against Mainz last week, Koln have continued to make some much-needed improvements since opening 2020 and have a top-half finish firmly on their agenda.
On the flip side, only managing to pick up a lacklustre point against fellow strugglers Paderborn after returning from the enforced break, Fortuna have played out three consecutive stalemates and sit firmly at the heart of a relegation battle.
You might be interested to know, that with three of the last four meetings between the two sides seeing both teams find the net by full-time, a similar outcome on Sunday can be found priced at 4/6 with William Hill.
Mark Uth – Koln’s MVP
While Koln boss Markus Gisdol may have been left furious to have seen Mainz come from behind and snatch a point on their Bundesliga return last weekend, the former Hamburg boss will be hugely excited by the ongoing success of leading marksman, Mark Uth.
Although the Billy Goats may have seen their fading European ambitions take what could be a lethal blow last week, Koln’s leading marksman once again converted from the spot on home soil and has quickly cemented his spot as a fan favourite at the RheinEnergieStadion.
With Sunday’s hosts making it clear that they’re desperate to make Uth’s move from Schalke a permanent one this summer, the 28-year-old has found the net in back-to-back Bundesliga matchups and is forming an eye-catching partnership with Jhon Córdoba.
More impressive, recording five top-flight strikes in just his last seven appearances, there is no doubt that Uth should be relishing Fortuna’s arrival this weekend.
You might be interested to know that Koln’s red-hot marksman can be found priced at 6/4 with Ladbrokes to extend on his most recent purple patch this week.
Fortuna’s attacking headache
Although a shock 2-0 win away at Freiburg back in February may have had Fortuna believing they could embark on a famous great escape, Uwe Rösler’s men have failed to capitalize and still find themselves sat four points adrift of top-flight safety.
Crashing out of the DFP Pokal in the most worrying of fashion after a penalties defeat against lower league Saarbrücken back in March, the former Brentford boss also saw his side throw away a three-goal lead in shocking fashion against Hertha Berlin back in March.
Making their return to action last weekend and playing out a sluggish 0-0 draw against rock-bottom Paderborn, Sunday’s guests should be most concerned by their inconsistencies in the final third.
Along with failing to find the net in three of their last five Bundesliga matches on the road, it should also be noted that no side in Germany’s top-tier have scored fewer than Fortuna’s 27 goals this season.
Also hit with a long list of injury issues this weekend, the Dusseldorf outfit can be found pencilled in at 4/11 with Paddy Power to score under 1.5 goals at the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday evening.