Cologne will look to get back to winning ways, as they take on relegation-threatened local rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf in Cologne on Sunday. Ahead of this round, the hosts are 10th with 33 points, while the visitors are 16th with 23 points.
The hosts have re-started their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Mainz, but their recent form has been nothing short of amazing. Cologne have won eight of their last 12 league matches and have seen 25 of their 33 season points come during this run. This has seen the hosts gallop away from the relegation zone and remain 10 points away from the bottom three. Although they haven’t won in their last two matches, Cologne will be happy with the record that no team with a 10-point gap on the relegation zone at this stage has ever gone down. Even more importantly, Cologne’s home form has been their driving force. They have won five of their last seven Bundesliga home fixtures and will hope to continue that run.
Düsseldorf remain four points behind safety, but have been showing signs of improvement. Although frustrated in a goalless relegation six-pointer in the previous round, Düsseldorf have avoided defeat in six of their last seven Bundesliga matches. However, Düsseldorf have drawn five and won just once during this sequence. They have now drawn three games in a row and are unbeaten in four matches, which is Düsseldorf’s longest unbeaten run in 16 months. Düsseldorf have won just 10 of their 23 points on the road, but have gone unbeaten for three Bundesliga trips. Although they have won only once and drawn the other two, Düsseldorf will hope to extend their unbeaten run.
Cologne will be looking to extend their impressive home league form, while Fortuna Düsseldorf will hope that their recent streak will continue to bring points. Don’t be surprised if this turns out to be a draw, but keep an eye on backing the hosts on the double chance market. With the odds very low on that pick, we are backing the goals market on the higher side. Cologne and Düsseldorf have struggled this season with discipline and have been the league’s top-two for most cards received – 66 and 65 respectively. This match could also witness cards on the high side and that could be an interesting pick as well.