Arminia Bielefeld: Arminia began the campaign with an impressive 1:1 draw away against Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend. Cebio Soukou was the man who wrote his name into the history books, becoming the first Bielefeld player to score in the Bundesliga since Artur Wichniarek in 2009. After the DFB-Pokal disappointment against Rot-Weiss Essen, Uwe Neuhaus’ side bounced back in the best possible fashion. They will be hoping to build upon that result at home, in front of their fans, this weekend.
1. FC Köln: Markus Gisdol’s men battled back from behind twice against TSG Hoffenheim last weekend, but still came away from the game empty handed. The 3:2 defeat left a bitter taste in the mouth yet there were plenty of positives to take from the game. Sebastian Andersson grabbed a goal on his debut, while Ondrej Duda was impressive throughout. Both are keen to continue that form and earn a result to match the performance this time around.
Uwe Neuhaus: “1. FC Köln have been waiting on a win for a while. I am sure that they will do everything in order to take all three points at the SchücoArena on Saturday. We have to be disciplined every week, be prepared to run and be united as a team like in Frankfurt - we need that every week.”
Markus Gisdol: “Bielefeld are well used to how they play and have a great team spirit. I don't see them as the first relegation candidates that the so-called experts see them as. You have to give credit to the coaches, the club and everyone involved at Bielefeld. What they have built up there is more than remarkable.”
Arminia Bielefeld: Uwe Neuhaus will be without Nathan de Medina at the weekend after his injury suffered in the game against Frankfurt. Andreas Voglsammer will still be absent due to his injury picked-up in pre-season; otherwise, there are no immediate concerns for the Bielefeld boss.
1. FC Köln: Ismail Jakobs and Florian Kainz will not be fit for the weekend as they continue their respective recoveries from their injuries. Benno Schmitz and Jorge Meré are both doubtful. Anthony Modeste is back in full team training as he steps up his training load after his absence.
Fabian Klos is Mr. Arminia. The 32-year-old forward has hit double figures for the Ostwestfalen side in every season he has been at the club, apart from 2013-14. Now in his ninth campaign in Bielefeld, Klos was the driving force behind the promotion last term. He scored 21 goals and registered 10 assists in 33 games as they ended their long wait for a Bundesliga return. Klos will now want to prove himself as not just an excellent goal-getter in the second and third tiers, but in the top division itself.