Werder Bremen vs FC Koln
WBN VS KOL MATCH PREVIEW:
Football can be funny sometimes. Not in terms of some gimmicks or playacting on the football field but how one season can change the fortune of a team. Take a look at FC Koln’s last season and the current dire situation-
Koln finished the last season at 5th place and it really was something that nobody saw coming. They finished the 2016-17campaign above the teams like Borussia Monchengladbach, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen. So it was a dream campaign for the fans from Cologne.
Now fast forward the 2017-18 season and arrive on 12th March 2018, FC Koln are reeling at the rock-bottom in the Bundesliga table, and with 8 points separating them and 16th placed Mainz, it won’t take an Einstein mind to conclude that Koln will be playing Bundesliga 2 next season.
Though all is not doom and gloom and Koln can still save their season. They have a game in hand over their rivals and if they win today, the gap could be reduced to just five points. But the saving-job has to start today and anything less than a win will bring the reality of relegation much closer.
Werder Bremen, on the other hand, are the hosts in this match. They are facing their own issues and are having one of the worst seasons in their recent history.
With 27 points in 25 games, they are 14th in the table, and mathematically their Bundesliga future is still not secure. Though after winning three matches in the last six games, the River Islanders have changed the tide in their favor in the past month or so. Quite interestingly, previous three wins came in 19 games. So the home team has all the momentum to win this all-important clash.
When: March 13th, 01:00 AM IST
Where: Weser-Stadion, Bremen, Germany
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Werder Bremen – W L W L W D
FC Koln – D L L D W L
WBN vs KOL TEAM NEWS:
Host Werder Bremen will be missing two key players for the clash against Koln as Fin Bartels and Michael Zetterer are still recovering from their respective injuries.
The benchwarmer Aron Jóhannsson may be brought into the starting XI after he played a key role in his team’s fantastic comeback against Monchengladbach.
Pavlenka (GK); selassie, Velijkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson, Eggestein, Bargfrede, Delaney, Johannsson, Kruse, Kainz
For visitors, Christian Clemens and Sehrou Guirassy are injured. Vincent Koziello is expected to start ahead of Milos Jojic in the central midfield. Leonardo Bittencourt is fit and we are expecting him to be included in the starting XI.
Horn (GK); Heintz, Mere, Sorensen, Risse, Koziello, Hoger, Hector, Bittencourt, Terodde, Pizarro
Werder Bremen – 04 times German Champions
FC Koln – 2 times Bundesliga Champions
Werder Bremen – Johannsson, Kruse, Kainz
FC Koln – Bittencourt, Terodde, Pizarro
Some key stats:
- Both the teams have 34 wins against each other in the top flight football.
- Of the last five home games, four have ended in draws between Werder Bremen and FC Koln.
- Koln’s away record against Bremen is pathetic to say the least as they have won just 7 games away games against their today’s hosts.
- FC Koln have scored the most goals from the penalty spot this season. Seven
- The most interesting fact- FC Koln manager Massimo Oddo was a player at AC Milan back in 2011 when Massimiliano Allegri was the manager of Milan giant.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Werder Bremen have the momentum and are also playing at home so they should be considered a favorite. But FC Koln have shown that they still have some fight left in them. The 2-1 away win against RB Leipzig showed that they shouldn’t be considered as an outcast just yet.
A 2-1 win for the home side.
NOTE: THIS WBN VS KOL MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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