Köln vs Sandhausen, both teams are under pressure. The 1. FC Cologne is indeed still promising in the race for the rise, which is measured in terms of financial effort but also duty and has fallen through three defeats in four games back in danger. The SV Sandhausen is one of the most vulnerable teams and must be careful not to miss early the connection to the midfield.
1. FC Köln vs SV Sandhausen Today’s Betting Prediction
After five duels Cologne is unbeaten against Sandhausen in three wins and two draws. At home, the FC 2012/13, however, did not get beyond a 1-1, won in 2013/14 with 2-0.
1. FC Köln
1. FC Köln is currently enjoying its second phase of weakness in the current season. After a good 19 points from the first eight games, the Billy Goats remained victorious four times in a row and recorded only two out of twelve possible counters. But then succeeded in a series of five consecutive wins, after which it was missed but with a 2: 3 to the second leg before Christmas against VfL Bochum to settle. Also in the new year, it started with a defeat, which at 1. FC Union Berlin (0: 2) and thus in a direct competitor already caused pressure, especially since the following guest appearance at Erzgebirge Aue was canceled weather-related. Against FC St. Pauli, the FC held the pressure but and delivered in a 4-1 victory from a convincing performance. The next setback should not be long in coming. Last weekend, Cologne had a lot under control at SC Paderborn, losing 2: 3 in the final phase after a 2-0 lead.
Lineup 1. FC Cologne
Compared to last week, coach Markus Anfang has to do without the suspended Rafael Czichos and Florian Kainz. Niklas Hauptmann, Salih Özcan and Louis Schaub are still not injured. Marco Höger and Jannes Horn are again options for the squad.
Probable lineup: Horn – Schmitz, Meré, Sobiech – Geis – Clemens, Drexler, Koziello, Hector – Cordoba, Terodde
The SV Sandhausen has missed it unlike in recent years, to get a cushion with a good start. Instead, the leaders had to pull the rip cord after only nine games and dismiss coach Kenan Kocak. Successor Uwe Koschinat got off to a dream start with a 4-0 win against FC Ingolstadt, but only scored five points from the next eight games until Christmas and also failed in the DFB Cup at 1. FC Heidenheim (0: 3). After the winter break followed with a 1: 2 at Hamburger SV directly the next defeat, but succeeded in the home game against VfL Bochum with a 3-0 victory to break the spell and win for the first time since the Koschinat debut. In the 1st FC Union Berlin (0: 2) and against the SV Darmstadt 98 (1: 1), however, it was then again only one of six possible points.
Lineup SV Sandhausen
It is quite possible that coach Koschinat trusts for the second time in a row in the same starting line-up, which played well against Darmstadt over long distances, but ultimately could not be rewarded by a wrong decision by the referee. Nejmeddin Daghfous and Alexander Rossipal are still out of action.
Expected formation: shoes – Diekmeier, Verlaat, Knipping, Dieckmann – Linsmayer, Karl – Gislason, forester, locker – Wooten
Best Betting Prediction 1. FC Köln vs SV Sandhausen
With the individual quality still clearly superior despite the failures the 1. FC Cologne should win the game, as far as the late defeat in Paderborn left no mental traces.
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