| 26/05/2020

Preview ahead of the trip to Hoffenheim

1. FC Köln travel to Sinsheim on Wednesday evening, hoping to set the record straight against TSG Hoffenheim. Both sides are in search of their first win since the return to action.

Form check

TSG Hoffenheim: After sitting fifth in the Bundesliga after the win in the return fixture, it looked like Hoffenheim and Alfred Schreuder were on course for Europe. Since then, however, TSG have picked up just four wins and are winless in their last seven outings. Despite the stuttering form, Schreuder’s men are just three points behind Wolfsburg in sixth and five of their remaining seven fixtures involve teams below them in the table. It could still be a positive end to the season for the Sinsheim side.

1. FC Köln: FC have had two contrasting but similar results since the return to action. After drawing to Mainz after being 2:0 up, Markus Gisdol’s men battled back from a similar scoreline to earn a last-ditch draw with Fortuna Düsseldorf. The game against Hoffenheim could be another high-scoring affair, although Gisdol has stressed that it's about taking the positives and learnings from both games and bringing them together for the finished product. TSG will certainly provide a stern test come Wednesday evening.

The teams have had their say

Alfred Schreuder: “The next three games are decisive, but first we are concentrating on Köln. They are very dangerous going forward, especially with players like Jhon Cordoba and Mark Uth. We are not satisfied with the results either. We were disappointed with the result in Paderborn. We played well in parts but the three points are still missing.”

Horst Heldt: “We are 10th. We are in the so-called no-mans-land. But it remains the case, that we are not yet safe. That is important. We are not happy with how we played in the first two games after the restart. On the other hand, we have to remind ourselves that we are on a good path. We have to stay true to our goal and what our team feels comfortable with.”

Squad update

TSG Hoffenheim: According to Alfred Schreuder, Hoffenheim are managing the load of the return well. Despite the fact that they are due to play again on Saturday, Schreuder says the team are fit and ready to go with no new worries. Munas Dabbur could start following his return to fitness.

1. FC Köln: As Markus Gisdol stated after the game on Sunday, the FC players game through the match well and there were no fresh concerns over fitness or injury.

Opposition dangerman

After arriving in the summer from FC København after an incredible goalscoring season, Robert Skov was expected to set the Bundesliga alight. Skov has enjoyed his high and lows but has been one of TSG’s most eye-catching players. Someone who can score from distance and from set-pieces, Skov opened the scoring against Paderborn at the weekend with a clever run into the box. The 24-year-old is very versatile and has been an almost ever-present under Schreuder this campaign.

Refereeing team

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych (Munich).
Linesmen: Marco Achmüller, Markus Sinn.
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner.
Video Assistant Referee: Benjamin Brand.

Watch party for FC fans

Once more, 1. FC Köln Chicago will be hosting a watch party for all fans who want some company while supporting FC. The link to the watch party can be found here.

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Total table
131. FSV Mainz 0537
141. FC Köln36
15FC Augsburg36