Professionals | 16/12/2018

17th Matchday

Preview ahead of the home game against Magdeburg

On Monday evening, 1. FC Köln welcome 1. FC Magdeburg to the RheinEnergieSTADION for the penultimate home game of the year. It’s the first time that the promoted side from Sachsen-Anhalt have visited FC.

Only once before have the two teams faced one another, and that was 18 years ago. In the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Magdeburg (then in the Oberliga) managed to get the better of FC in front of a passionate home support in a surprising 5:2 win. Currently sititing second in the table, 1. FC Köln go into the game as clear favourites against the side that occupy the relegation play-off place.

Form check

1. FC Köln: At the moment, everything is going to plan. The most recent winning run, with four victories in a row, have given the team visible confidence. FC have scored at least three goals in their last four games and have only conceded two goals. At the start of the season, FC found it tough at home. However, in the last two games, they’ve been the dominant team against Dynamo (8:1) and Fürth (4:0).

1. FC Magdeburg: With two points from three games, the new FCM head coach, Michael Oenning have not started particularly well. Despite the good performances they’ve put in this season, they have only earned 11 points and have 19 goals to their name. However, there is a noticeable upwards trend. When they met Bochum and Union, Magdeburg earned two draws and both results have put them in a good mood heading into the game with FC.

The coaches have had their say

Markus Anfang: “If you watched the last games against Berlin and against Bochum, and seen the results, they were always close games. Magdeburg most recently earned draws against Union and Bochum, and against Fürth they were unfortunate to lose. They are a team that are always in the position to earn points. Because of their situation, they’ll try to take away the fun and desire to play football. They’ll be hard but fair when it comes down to it. We’re expecting that. We’ve got to be at it from the first second. It can be as intensive of a game as it was against Regensburg.”

Michael Oenning: “The game in Köln will be a real spectacle. We must show the humility and the desire to get forward that we’ve been playing with. We aren’t going to Köln to give anything away for free. I trust my guys that they have the desire to get into this game. When they’re brave, anything is possible. We’ve nothing to lose.”

Injury updates

1. FC Köln: Lasse Sobiech and Christian Clemens are back on the ball but, like Louis Schaub (wisdom teeth operation) will miss out against Magdeburg. Dominick Drexler had to pause during the week, but has trained with the team in the meantime. Jonas Hector, Christiam Clemens and Marco Höger are back in team training.

Marco Höger is fit again.

1. FC Magdeburg: All players were able to take part in training on Friday. As a result, Michael Oenning has all players available for selection.


  • It’s the first time these teams have met in a league match. 1. FC Köln have only faced 1. FC Magdeburg once before. Magdeburg won that game, in the DFB-Pokal first round, 5:2 in August 2000.
  • 1. FC Köln have the best attack in the league (42 goals). Simon Terodde alone has scored 20 goals this season, one more than Magdeburg have managed as a team (19).
  • Over the last eight games, 1. FC Magdeburg have failed to win a single match (three draws, five loses). Along with Arminia, no team in the league has picked up so few points in this period.

Who is the opposition dangerman?

Christian Beck has been with Magdeburg for six years and has been the goal-getter for his team since the very beginning. In early 2013, the Erfurt-born forward joined Magdeburg and scored nine goals in the Rückrunde that season. After two further years, the promotion to 3. Liga followed and a further three years brought about a first-ever promotion to 2. Bundesliga. In this time, the 1.96m striker has managed to grab double-figure goal tallies in every season and is on the way to doing that again this year (eight goals). The 30-year-old has been involved in more than half of Magdeburg’s goals and is the life insurance for the team.

Christian Beck is worth his weight in gold for Magdeburg.

Good to know

  • This season, 1. FC Magdeburg have dropped 18 points from winning positions. No other team in the 2. Bundesliga has lost more points than FCM. Magdeburg have been leading in eight games through the 2018-19 campaign, and have been able to win just one of those matches.
  • When it comes to set-pieces, 1. FC Köln have also led the way. With 13 goals from 16 games, no other team have scored more than FC when it comes to dead ball situations. That is the same case for corners (6), too.
  • The last time FC head coach, Markus Anfang met 1. FC Magdeburg was a year and a half ago. In March, Holstein Kiel managed to rescue a late draw against FCM thanks to Rafael Czichos‘ goal.

Advice for FC fans

  • Kick-off for the game is at 20:30 CET.
  • Fans are advised to arrive early and by public transport.
  • Bags and rucksacks are not allowed into the RheinEnergieSTADION.
  • The FC-Kinderland is closed this time around.

TV Times

The game is live in the UK and Ireland (BT Sport), the Netherlands (Fox Sports 4) and the USA (FOX Soccer Match Pass). Fans in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Digi Sport 3), Poland (Eleven Sports 3) and Greece (Cosmote Sport 7). As per usual, the game is live on Sky Sport in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The remaining tickets for the game against Magdeburg are available here

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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30