The Bundesliga returns on Friday evening, as FC Köln travel to Hoffenheim looking for a second straight victory whereas the hosts will be looking to bounce back from a defeat before the international break. The hosts are 11th after an underwhelming start to the new campaign while Koln have fared significantly better, sitting sixth after seven games.
Sebastian Hoenes’ troop continues with their habit of producing much better results at home than on the travel and will come to this with the need to add on this record. Hoffeinheim haven’t had a smooth run as they have picked up just two wins from the seven games that have been played, and have already been beaten on three occasions.
Two of the defeats came in their last four league games, which includes the 3-1 defeat that they suffered against Stuttgart before the international break. However, in the match at the end of September fixture against Wolfsburg which ended in 3-1 victory for the hosts here would be a repeated history for home side.
It has been a fine start to the new season for FC Köln and seem to have put last season’s struggles firmly behind them. They currently sit sixth in the league standings, and victory on Friday could see them go into the top four of the table.
Koln remains undefeated in the previous five league fixtures, and they are surely capable of matching Hoffenheim at PreZero Arena. Koln have lost just once in six fixtures and have picked up three wins and three draws to this point, having scored 13 goals.
Hoffenheim vs FC Koln head to head
In the last 25 head to head fixtures since 2002 the hosts here have won 11 times with 6 draws. The visitors on the other side have managed 8 victories. 1. FC Cologne haven’t won any of their last 6 games against Hoffenheim but have however not lost in their last 5 games.
- Hoffenheim 3-0 1. FC Cologne 24/01/21
- FC Cologne 2-3Hoffenheim 19/09/20
- Hoffenheim 3-1. FC Cologne 27/05/20
- FC Cologne 1-2 Hoffenheim 08/11/19
- Hoffenheim 6-0 FC Cologne 31/03/18
- Stuttgart 3-1 Hoffenheim
- Hoffenheim 3-1 Wolfsburg
- Bielefeld 0-0 Hoffenheim
- Hoffenheim 0-2 Mainz
- Dortmund 3-2 Hoffenheim
- FC Cologne 3-1 Greuther Furth
- Frankfurt 1-1 FC Cologne
- FC Cologne 1-1 Leipzig
- Freiburg 1-1 FC Cologne
- FC Cologne 2-1 Bochum
Hoffeinheim team news
Bicakcic, Hubner and Baumgartner remain with injuries but Norway attacker Nordtveit has overcome his injury.
Koln team news
Skhiri and Horn are out with injuries while Jonas Hector misses the match through illness.
Prediction and Odds
- Both sides to score
- Goals over 2.5