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Prediction: FC Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen

Jamie Jones in Bundesliga, Free Soccer Predictions 28 Feb 2024

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Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen to win 3-0

Best Odds: 17/2

Bookmaker: Zetbet

FC Koln and Bayer Leverkusen will lock horns with each other in the Bundesliga this weekend. The match between Die Geißböcke and Die Schwarzroten will be held at RheinEnergieStadion and is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 pm UK time on Sunday.

FC Koln

FC Koln are a modest club in the Bundesliga who are happy to just stay in the top flight of German football. They finished 11th in the league table last season and will be happy if they end up in a similar position this time around, but there is a chance that they will get relegated to the second tier of German football.

Timo Schultz’s side are as low as 16th in the Bundesliga table with 17 points from 23 matches. FC Koln are only two points above second-placed Mainz and are eight points behind VfL Bochum in 15th.

FC Koln will head into the Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen on the back of a 1-1 draw with VfB Stuttgart away from home in the league. It came after a 1-0 defeat to Werder Bremen on the road in the Bundesliga which followed a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim away from home.

Team News:

FC Koln are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Bayer Leverkusen. Marvin Schwäbe will be in goal for the home team and will have Rasmus Carstensen, Luca Kilian, Julian Chabot and Max Finkgrafe in front of him in defence. Eric Martel and Denis Huseinbasic will be the two holding midfielders. Dejan Ljubicic, Florian Kainz and Justin Diehl will be the three attacking midfielders. Jan Thielmann will lead the line for FC Koln.

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen are having a wonderful season and could break Bayern Munich’s monopoly on the Bundesliga title. Bayern have been the dominant force in German football for years now, but this season, maybe, just maybe, Bayer could beat them.

Xabi Alonso’s side are at the top of the Bundesliga table at the moment with 61 points from 23 matches. Bayer are as many as eight points above second-placed and defending champions Bayern. Things are looking very good for Bayer at the moment.

Bayer will head into the Bundesliga match against FC Koln away from home on the back of a 2-1 victory over Mainz in front of their fans in the league. It came after a 2-1 victory over Heidenheim on the road in the Bundesliga which followed a 3-0 hammering of Bayern at home in the league.

Team News:

Bayer Leverkusen are likely to line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation against FC Koln. Lukas Hradecky will be in goal for the home side and will have Odilon Kossounou, Jonathan Tah and Edmond Tapsoba in front of him in defence. Jeremie Frimpong, Robert Andrich, Granit Xhaka and Alejandro Grimaldo will be the four midfielders. Jonas Hofmann and Florian Wirtz will be the two playmakers. Amine Adli will lead the line for Bayer.

Key Factors to Consider

  • FC Koln have won 3 out of 23 Bundesliga matches this season.
  • FC Koln have lost 1 of their last 5 Bundesliga matches.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won their last 4 Bundesliga games.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have not lost a single game in the Bundesliga this season.
  • Victor Boniface has scored 10 goals and given 7 assists in 16 Bundesliga matches for Bayer Leverkusen this season.

Conclusion

FC Koln are one of the favourites to get relegated to the second division of the Bundesliga, while Bayer Leverkusen could end up winning the title. Bayer are on a roll now and are very likely to win this particular game with ease.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen to win 3-0

Best Odds: 17/2

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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