Professionals | 10/05/2019

Matchday 33

1. FC Köln – Jahn Regensburg Preview: Ending at home on a high

FC sealed promotion back to the Bundesliga at the first time of asking following a 0:4 away win in Fürth. Now the attentions turn to the final two games of the season, more specifically – the last home fixture in the campaign. That means a chance to put on one final performance for the RheinEnergieSTADION faithful, before lifting the 2. Bundesliga trophy after full-time.

Form check

1. FC Köln: FC managed to confirm their return to the top flight with that win in Fürth, and were crowned champions in the process. After a win in André Pawlak’s first game in charge, he will be hoping to continue that form for the final two matches this term. With the last home win coming at the end of March against Kiel, a strong showing and three points would be just the ticket before the trophy is handed over to Jonas Hector and the team.

Jahn Regensburg: Achim Beierlorzer’s Jahn have found things tough in recent weeks. The Franconians have fallen to defeat in their previous two games, meaning they’re now out of the promotion picture. Two wins would have meant Jahn were just three points behind Paderborn in second. Nevertheless, it’s been another hugely successful season for Beierlorzer’s men. With three points from their final two games, they will equal last term’s points tally of 48.

The managers have had their say

André Pawlak: "I place myself against the idea that the game doesn't mean anything. Regensburg are no opponent who will give us the three points and come to party. That will be a challenge for us. Jahn have the best numbers for sprints and intensive runs. They're not a team who keep possession. They're a team that like to counter. It'll be a challenge. I expect from everyone, that they will give 100%."

Achim Beierlorzer: "We want to bring out our game. Maybe they've celebrate a little too much, but what they showed going forward on Monday night was incredibly impressive. But we're looking forward to this game, we're looking forward to the final two games of the season and this away game. All our focus is on Köln. If we look back to the game at home, we put in everything and did a lot of things right."

Squad update

1. FC Köln: Christian Clemens is, of course, sidelined due to his knee injury and subsequent operation. Aside from that, Anthony Modeste’s thigh problem is the only other injury concern in the squad. However, he returned to team training on Friday and should be an option for Sunday.

Jahn Regensburg: Jahn will be without key man, Jann George due to suspension after he was sent off last weekend against Aue. That aside, there are no new injury issues or worries for Achim Beierlorzer ahead of the trip to Köln.

Statistics

  • André Pawlak is the first head coach in the history of the joint 2. Bundesliga to have secured promotion in their first game in charge.
  • For Jahn’s last 23 league goals, one of Sargis Adamyan, Marco Grüttner or Hamid Al Ghaddioui have been involved. The trio are, unsurprisingly, the top scorers in the Regensburg team this season.
  • Jahn have lost their last two games in a row. They have only lost more matches in a row once before while under Achim Beierlorzer’s tutelage. Another defeat against FC would equal that run.

Opposition dangerman

Sargis Adamyan is Regensburg’s leading light going forward this season. While he has been ably supported Marco Grüttner and Hamid Al Ghaddioui, the Armenian is attracting interest from clubs in the Bundesliga with his stellar season. With 13 goals and 11 assists, Adamyan is currently in fifth place in the scorer charts in 2. Bundesliga. He is the only player in the league to have recorded 10+ goals and assists, and the 25-year-old has more than doubled his output in comparison to last season (9). Adamyan scored in the fixture in Regensburg, and will want to do so again on Sunday.

Trivia

  • Jahn defender, Alexander Nandzik played in the youth teams for 1. FC Köln and was also the best man at Timo Horn’s wedding. Sebastian Fries also previously turned out for FC between 2009 and 2012.
  • Jahn are winless in their last three 2. Bundesliga away games, but have won their last three away matches against teams that have been relegated from the Bundesliga. That also comes with an impressive goal difference of 10:2, and includes the 0:5 away win in Hamburg.
  • Jahn Regensburg are one of three teams that 1. FC Köln have only ever won against. On the other hand, FC are the only team which Jahn have only ever lost to in the current 2. Bundesliga set of sides.

TV Schedule

Austria, Germany, Switzerland – Sky Sport

Czech Republic, Slovakia – DIGI GO

Hungary – Sport 2

Portugal – Eleven Sports 4 Portugal

USA – FOX Soccer Match Pass

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
14 1. FC Union Berlin 7
15 1. FC Köln 7
16 FC Augsburg 6

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