17 May 2020 live
FC Koln vs Mainz – Match Preview, Kick-Off Time and Match Prediction
Finally, after weeks of enforced country wide lock-down due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic in Europe, the Bundesliga returns this weekend.
15th league placed; Mainz 05 will return for their 26th league game of the season against FC Koln. They are in poor form and have recorded only two victories in their last six league matches; LWDLWD. With 26 points and 34 goals this season, they have conceded 53 goals – one of the highest in the league behind Paderbon (54) and Werder Bremen (55). Mainz 05 have 8W, 2D and 15L after 25 league appearances. Coach, Achim Beierlorzer will likely use a 3-4-3 formation and will be counting on 26-year-old forward, Robin Quaison to do some damage against FC Koln. Quaison has scored an impressive 12 goals this season and will be a major concern for the opposition’s defense.
Meanwhile, FC Koln — also playing their 26th league appearance of the season are 10th on the league table with 32 points. They lost their last match (2-1) to Borussia M.Gladbach and remain in good form although losing twice in their last six league games; WLWWWL. With 39 goals for and 45 against them, FC Koln has 10W, 2D, and 13L so far this season. Jhon Cordoba would be looking score once more after his impressive 10-goal record this season. He also has 1 assist to his name. Coach, Markus Gisdol will use his favorite 4-2-3-1 formation with his most promising goal scorer, Cordoba leading the attack.
The first leg saw Mainz 05 win 3-1. Goals from Jean-Paul Boetius( 21′), Robin Quaison (57′) and Levin Mete Oztunali (82′) saw Mainz take the victory despite falling behind from a goal by Simon Terodde (14’) of FC Koln. Previously they met in April, 2019 and it ended 1-1.
FC Koln has been able to score at least one goal against Mainz in their last two meetings and might score again on Sunday regarding Mainz’s poor form this season.
Both teams have had a long rest so concerns for fatigue and fitness are little.
A 1-0 victory for FC Koln is predicted at the end of the game.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 13:30.
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