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FC KolnFC Koln
Arminia BielefeldArminia Bielefeld
Wolf (10', 28'), Rexhbecaj (63')
Jakobs (42'), Duda (54')
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Cordova (73')
Soukou (65')

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

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Sports Mole previews Sunday's Bundesliga clash between FC Koln and Arminia Bielefeld, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

FC Koln entertain Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga on Sunday, with the hosts able to move out of the bottom three ahead of their forthcoming opponents in the table with a victory.

Both sides come into this match off the back of heavy defeats last weekend.

Match preview

After a hugely significant last-minute winner against struggling Schalke 04, Koln headed to Hoffenheim with plenty of confidence of gaining another positive result against a side in the bottom half.

However, Hoffenheim's position in the league table proved to be a false one in terms of their performance on the day, with Sebastian Hoeness's side running out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Christoph Baumgartner's instinctive close range finish was sandwiched by two Andrej Kramaric penalties either side of half time, with Anthony Modeste squandering a golden opportunity to open his account for the season against his former club from the spot himself.

Markus Gisdol will have dusted his players down, though, before imploring them to beat Arminia Bielefeld and move out of the bottom three as a result.

Gisdol and his players will hope Arminia's defence are as accommodating as they were throughout Saturday's 5-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In fairness, Frankfurt are the form side in the Bundesliga at the moment, with few sides being able to cope with attacking quality of the likes of Andre Silva and Luka Jovic in their current form.

The nature of the goals would have been a huge disappointment to Uwe Neuhaus, though, particularly the opener, which is often the most important goal in a football match. An attempted Arminia clearance comically clattered off the back of a nearby teammate, landing perfectly at Silva's feet for him to extend his tally for the season.

Frankfurt never looked back from there, with Silva, Filip Kostic, Jovic and a Joakim Nilsson own goal capping a disastrous afternoon for Arminia despite Sergio Cordova having provided a glimmer of hope before half time. They must play much better in order to avoid dropping back into the bottom three on Sunday.

FC Koln Bundesliga form: DLLDWL
FC Koln form (all competitions): WLLDWL

Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga form: WLWDWL

Team News

With goals hard to come by for Koln this season, their fans and Gisdol alike will have been delighted by the signing of forward Emmanuel Dennis from Club Brugge in recent days.

It remains to be seen whether Gisdol throws him in for such a huge match against Arminia, but Rafael Czichos, Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz are ruled out due to injury.

Arminia are likely to travel without Andreas Voglsammer and Noel Niemann due to injury.

Manuel Prietl could return to the starting XI, though, after seemingly recovering from a muscular issue.

FC Koln possible starting lineup:
T. Horn; Wolf, Cestic, Bornauw, Mere, J. Horn; Duda, Skhiri, Hector, Drexler; Dennis

Arminia Bielefeld possible starting lineup:
Ortega; Brunner, Nilsson, Pieper, Laursen; Prietl, Kunze, Hartel; Doan, Klos, Cordova

We say: FC Koln 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld

Arminia actually arrive in Cologne in better form than their opponents, but we can envisage the hosts gaining a crucial victory to lift themselves out of the bottom three.

The arrival of Dennis in attack should provide Koln with the quality outlet they have been missing in recent weeks.

Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals 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.Under 3.5:data

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Bundesliga Table
CBayern MunichBayern34246499445578
2RB Leipzig34198760322865
3Borussia DortmundDortmund342041075462964
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt341612669531660
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen3414101053391452
7Union BerlinUnion Berlin34121485043750
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach341310116456849
12Mainz 0534109153956-1739
14Hertha Berlin34811154152-1135
15Arminia Bielefeld3498172652-2635
16FC Koln3489173460-2633
RWerder Bremen34710173657-2131
RSchalke 04Schalke3437242586-6116
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