Professionals | 30/03/2018

Match Preview: TSG Hoffenheim

Praise from the opponent

1. FC Köln will meet TSG Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Saturday. The club from Sinsheim is unbeaten in their last four matches as they continue to chase a berth in European football.

TSG Hoffenheim is a team with European football on its mind. Julian Nagelsmann’s team currently finds itself in seventh place of the Bundesliga standings. With VfB Stuttgart just two points behind, Hoffenheim will look to secure more points when 1. FC Köln come to town on Saturday. Hoffenheim will like their chances playing at home, but FC have been the more successful side in the second half of the season, having picked up 14 points to Hoffenheim’s 13.

Nagelsmann on the match

TSG Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann: “I think Cologne is a good team. They played a great game against Leverkusen and have shown a strong development. They are probably one of the best second-to-last placed teams in Europe. Cologne play a variety of styles and attack from different angles. They used to sit deeper, but they now show more variations. Their strength is that they have multiple players capable of scoring goals.”

The record

The overall record is slightly in favor of 1. FC Köln with 8 wins, 6 draws, and 6 defeats. Hoffenheim, however, have not lost to FC in five matches. The most recent encounter in the first half of the season resulted in a 3-0 victory for Hoffenheim.

The 1. FC Köln Squad

  • Goal: Timo Horn, Thomas Kessler
  • Defense: Dominique Heintz, Frederik Sorensen, Dominic Maroh, Jonas Hector, Jorge Meré
  • Midfield: Marco Höger, Marcel Risse, Salih Özcan, Leonardo Bittencourt, Matthias Lehmann, Vincent Koziello
  • Attack: Simon Terodde, Simon Zoller, Yuya Osako, Jhon Cordoba, Claudio Pizarro
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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30