Professionals | 29/05/2020

Matchday 29

Preview ahead of the home game against Leipzig

1. FC Köln return to the RheinEnergieSTADION to bring a busy week of action to a close against RB Leipzig. Markus Gisdol’s men are aiming to get their reward after a mixed start following the Bundesliga restart.

Form check

1. FC Köln: FC fell to their first defeat since the Corona break came to an end in Sinsheim on Wednesday evening. Despite that, Markus Gisdol could take plenty of positives from the game. The FC head coach spoke of getting reward for what has been a solid return after such a long time without match practice. The game against Leipzig will be the third in an eight-day period, and presents the chance to get a first win since the restart.

RB Leipzig: Leipzig have yet to taste defeat since the Bundesliga returned in the middle of May. However, two draws from their three games mean that Bayern Munich have edged further away. Nevertheless, Julian Nagelsmann’s men are incredibly dangerous away from home and will be keen to continue that form on Monday evening. The 32-year-old is aiming to record RB Leipzig’s best ever Bundesliga campaign.

The managers have had their say

Markus Gisdol: “Leipzig are a team with a lot of pace. They’ve been dictating play since the Corona break and have had a lot of chances. We’ve been warned, and no-one is taking it lightly. Leipzig have top class players and are battling for Champions League spots. They’re very flexible and can change how they set up during matches. It’ll be an interesting challenge.” 

Julian Nagelsmann: “Köln have undergone an impressive transformation under Markus Gisdol. They've tightened up and strengthened in midfield. Markus' way of playing is very direct. They're strong at set pieces. They're now more aggressive in defence and create a lot of good chances to score. They suffered a little setback against TSG Hoffenheim, but are generally a team on the up."

Squad update

1. FC Köln: FC will be without Sebastiaan Bornauw following his red card against Hoffenheim. Marcel Risse still isn't fit enough to be part of the squad. Dominick Drexler has also recovered well from his clash with Benjamin Hübner. The squad have recovered well from the game on Wednesday evening.

RB Leipzig: Nagelsmann will be without several players for the trip to Köln. Yussuf Poulsen, Ethan Ampadu and Ibrahima Konaté are ruled out through injury, with Kevin Kampl undergoing tests in a bid to be fit. Marcel Halstenberg is also absent after his red card against Hertha BSC.

Opposition dangerman

Even when he didn’t manage to find the back of the net against Hertha on Wednesday, Timo Werner remains Leipzig’s main man up front. The 24-year-old has 24 goals and seven assists to his name this season, as he bids to chase down Robert Lewandowski at the top of the goalscoring charts. Quick, clinical and able to play out wide as well, the exciting forward needs little to no introduction.

Refereeing team

Referee: Christian Dingert (Lebecksmühle).
Linesmen: Tobias Christ, Christian Gittelmann.
Fourth official: Thorben Siewer.
Video Assistant Referee: Tobias Stieler.

Want to watch with fellow FC fans?

1. FC Köln Chicago are hosting a watch party for FC fans to follow the game together, even when they can't be there in person or in their favourite pub. If you want to join in the fun, you can let the guys know on their Twitter or click on the link here for their meet-up.

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