S
SEARCH
M
SW
Collect News Data
Oct 15, 2021 at 7.30pm UK
HoffenheimHoffenheim
5-0
FC KolnFC Koln
Bebou (31', 49'), Baumgartner (51'), Geiger (74'), Posch (87')
Kaderabek (33')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Czichos (81')

Preview: Hoffenheim vs. FC Koln - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Hoffenheim vs. FC Koln - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Friday's Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and FC Koln, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

Hoffenheim shall be attempting to bounce back from being defeated by Stuttgart at the weekend when they host FC Koln on Friday at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

The visitors have had a much stronger start to the campaign and head into this game with a five-game undefeated streak, which sees them just four points behind Bayern Munich, who are currently top of the Bundesliga.


Match preview

After a mid-table finish last season, Hoffenheim are looking to make significant improvements throughout 2021-22 but so far it has been a difficult campaign that has seen a lot of mixed results.

Sebastian Hoeness has only seen his team pick up two victories in the first seven fixtures, one of which took place on the opening day as they beat Augsburg to start things off well.

Their second win came much more recently, though, as they defeated Wolfsburg 3-1, with goals from Andrej Kramaric, Christoph Baumgartner and Pavel Kaderabek helping them battle from behind to secure the three points.

However, they failed to make it consecutive results on Friday when they faced Stuttgart and were on the losing end of a 3-1 result, as Jacob Larsen's 84th-minute goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

Hoffenheim defeated Koln twice last season, and that is something they will be wishing to repeat once again, especially since they only sit four points above the relegation zone at the moment, being keen to not get dragged down into that situation at this point.

The visitors are currently thriving this season, sitting in seventh place, having only lost once so far in the Bundesliga, which is why a victory could see them climb as high as third this weekend.

The only time they have been beaten was away from home at Bayern Munich, and even that game was a thrilling 3-2, which saw Koln fight as much as possible to try and gain something from the fixture.

However, they head into Friday's match with plenty of confidence after five games without a loss, but during that period they have been unable to keep a clean sheet, which could be a concern.

After three draws in a row, Steffen Baumgart finally saw his team get back to winning ways last weekend when they defeated Greuther Furth 3-1, with a brilliant performance going along with it.

Koln dominated with 68% of the possession as Sebastian Andersson found the back of the net while Ellyes Skhiri scored a brace, and the team will now be keen to follow that up with another victory.

Hoffenheim Bundesliga form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

Hoffenheim form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

FC Koln Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • W

FC Koln form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • W

Team News

Sebastian Rudy was able to return from injury for Hoffenheim last Friday, but he only featured from the bench as he continues to push towards gaining full-match fitness.

Larsen might have also played his way into the starting lineup after scoring during his substitute appearance, which could provide Hoeness with a decision to make.

However, the club will still be without Havard Nordtveit, Ermin Bicakcic and Benjamin Hubner, who are all dealing with injury problems at the moment.

Florian Kainz was able to retain his place in the Koln team on Friday, marking consecutive appearances in the midfield after his absence due to suspension.

Both Jannes Horn (hip) and Tim Lemperle (ankle) are unavailable at the moment with injury issues, but they have had strong performances of late, which could lead to no changes taking place.

Hoffenheim possible starting lineup:
Baumann; Raum, Vogt, Richards, Kaderabek; Geiger, Samassekou, Grillitsch; Adamyan, Kramaric, Bebou

FC Koln possible starting lineup:
Horn; Schmitz, Mere, Czichos, Hector; Skhiri, Kainz, Duda, Uth; Andersson, Modeste


We say: Hoffenheim 1-2 FC Koln

FC Koln have failed to keep a clean sheet recently, which will likely provide opportunities for Hoffenheim to find opportunities to score goals.

However, the visitors are in fantastic form at the moment and the confidence that is within the team right now will likely see them through at the weekend.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home/Away:data



body check tags ::

amp_article__467143 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-10-13 18:26:04:
html db last update - 2021-10-12 22:26:10 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Bundesliga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern97113382522
2Borussia DortmundDortmund970225151021
3Freiburg9540146819
4Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen95222314917
5Union BerlinUnion Berlin94411310316
6RB Leipzig94232091114
7Mainz 059414129313
8FC Koln93421516-113
9Wolfsburg9414912-313
10Hertha Berlin94051121-1012
11Hoffenheim93241715211
12Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach93241012-211
13Stuttgart92431415-110
14VfL BochumVfL Bochum9315716-910
15Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt9153914-58
16Augsburg9135518-136
17Arminia Bielefeld9054514-95
18Greuther Furth9018624-181
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

La Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Sociedad10631149521
2Real Madrid962124111320
3Sevilla96211661020
4Atletico MadridAtletico9531138518
5Real Betis105321511418
6Osasuna105321413118
7Rayo Vallecano105141712516
8Athletic Bilbao944195416
9Barcelona94321510515
10Valencia103431513213
11Espanyol103431010013
12Mallorca10334915-612
13Villarreal9252107311
14ElcheElche10244812-410
15Celta Vigo9216712-57
16Granada9144713-67
17CadizCadiz10145715-87
18AlavesAlaves9207413-96
19Levante10055918-95
20Getafe9027313-102
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.