Professionals | 16/05/2020

Matchday 26

Preview ahead of the game against Mainz

1. FC Köln welcome 1. FSV Mainz 05 to the RheinEnergieSTADION on Sunday afternoon. While there will be no fans present, FC will be hoping to get back to winning ways after around two months without competitive action.

Form check

1. FC Köln: Having taken eight wins from the last eleven games, Markus Gisdol’s men have managed to pull themselves away from immediate danger. However, with games against Mainz and then Fortuna Düsseldorf coming up, things could change quickly and the FC head coach is more than aware of that. With the Derby having been the only Bundesliga game to have been played behind closed doors thus far, FC will be keen to pick themselves up and get three points on the board.

1. FSV Mainz 05: For the last eight games, Mainz have been perched precariously in 15th place. It’s been a topsy-turvy ride since the return to action in the Rückrunde for Achim Beierlorzer’s side, having lost their first three games before turning things around. Two wins, two draws and a single defeat since have helped them to keep their heads above water. However, with Fortuna facing Paderborn on Saturday, the pressure will be on for Mainz to pick up a result once more.

The teams have had their say

Markus Gisdol: “We were really pleased to get back into team training. It took two or three days before we got back up to our usual level again. The team are glad to be back in competition and have a goal in front of them once more. Our team deserve a lot of praise for how they're getting on with things. We've been in good spirits the whole time. ”

Achim Beierlorzer: “I’m pleased to get back to action and I’m looking forward to the game. Obviously, it is a challenge, given the special situation, not to lose focus. But it’s a lot of things have become second nature for us. Mentality is the most important thing for me. It could be that those who can stay concentrated will have an advantage.”

Squad update

1. FC Köln: Rafael Czichos is still in individual training following his neck injury sustained in the win over Hertha. Markus Gisdol stated on Friday that the game will come too soon for the Czichos, as well as Niklas Hauptmann.

1. FSV Mainz 05: Beierlorzer will be without Jean-Philippe Mateta following his sending off against Düsseldorf. Robin Zentner is also out for the season after tearing a knee ligament in the same game.

Opposition dangerman

Robin Quaison has been the man leading Mainz’s charge to stay out of the relegation zone. The Swede has 12 goals in 24 games to date this season, more than in his 52 league games previous. Quaison’s goals are responsible for nine points this season, and has contributed 35% of Mainz’s league goals this campaign – only Rouwen Hennings (42%) can boast a higher percentage. FC are already warned of what he can do, following his goal in the first match between the sides this season.

Refereeing team

This will be announced on the day of the game.

Five subs now allowed

  • The Bundesliga have voted in favour of allowing clubs five substitutions per team in each game until the end of the season.
  • These can be used in three separate intervals, along with half-time, in order to not break up the flow of the game too much.
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Total table
10Hertha BSC35
111. FC Köln34
12FC Augsburg31