Professionals | 17/05/2019

Matchday 34

Preview ahead of the trip to Magdeburg

It’s time to bring the curtain down on the 2018-19 season. 1. FC Köln make the trip to 1. FC Magdeburg as both sides already know, albeit a stark contrast in fortunes, which league they will be playing in next year. As 2. Bundesliga champions, FC will be hoping to put in a performance worthy of the title in the final game of the season. Given that there have been 10 goals in the two meetings between the teams, it should be anything but dull.

Form check

1. FC Magdeburg: With just eight points in their last 10 games, Magdeburg have been on a steady slide since their run of form following the Christmas Break. That has, unfortunately for FCM, meant that their stay in 2. Bundesliga will last just one season. With Ingolstadt’s win over Darmstadt and the defeat for Magdeburg to Union, it was the end of what will still be a memorable first season in the second tier. With the departure of Michael Oenning confirmed for after the game, as well as several players, this is the chance to kick-off a new beginning for the club in style.

1. FC Köln: FC will also be hoping to move into the summer in winning form as they aim to bounce back from the 3:5 defeat to Jahn Regensburg. André Pawlak’s men secured promotion to the Bundesliga the week before with a 4:0 win over Greuther Fürth, and another three points against Magdeburg would be just the ticket to bring everything to a close. It’s not been the most graceful end to the campaign, yet the FC fans can look forward to a return to the big time next year.

The managers have had their say

Michael Oenning: ""What we're not going to do is create something wild on the pitch just because it's the last game. We're going to tackle it like any other game before. The game against Köln is motivation enough to put in one more performance in front of our fans. I'm looking forward to it."

André Pawlak: "I don't want this journey to have an end of season feel to it. Madeburg also have player, who want to and have to present themselves at the weekend. The same also applies to us. With a new head coach, all the player want to put in a good performance. Therefore everyone is called upon to put in one more big showing to end the season."

Squad update

1. FC Magdeburg: With injuries to Philipp Türpitz and Charles Laprevotte in recent weeks, the added suspension of versatility man, Aleksandar Ignjovski’s suspension is not what FCM needed. Michel Niemeyer and Jan Kirchhoff are both absent with longer term injury problems.

1. FC Köln: Following the defeat to Regensburg, Dominick Drexler, Jhon Cordoba and Jorge Meré will be suspended for the game in Magdeburg. Anthony Modeste will miss the game through injury, and both Marcel Risse and Matthias Lehmann are not in the squad for the match.

Statistics

  • No team has a worse record of holding onto the lead than 1. FC Magdeburg. In the 15 games they’ve been ahead in, they have only claimed victory on six occasions. They and Sandhausen are the only teams to have a conversion rate of worse than 50%, FCM are comfortably below at 40%.
  • Scoring goals has been a real issue for Magdeburg this year – Christian Beck is the only player to hit double figures, with Philipp Türpitz, Felix Lohkemper and Marius Bülter the other trio to find the back of the net more than once.
  • After Magdeburg’s strong turn of form after the Winter Break, which saw them pick up 11 points from a possible 15, they slid back into their old ways. Only eight points have followed in the 10 games since and given the form of Sandhausen and Ingolstadt, safety was a tough ask.

Opposition dangerman

Christian Beck is the man who led Magdeburg’s push to stay in the league this season. Unfortunately for the experienced forward, his 10 goals and six assists proved not to be enough. A late season injury to Philipp Türpitz certainly didn’t help FCM’s cause and further restricted service to Beck. The striker certainly isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for his team, after breaking his jaw against Duisburg. Strong and determined, Beck will want to give the home fans something to cheer before they prepare for 3. Liga next season.

Trivia

  • Simon Terodde requires four goals to earn the title of 2. Bundesliga record goalscorer – or five to take the title away from Sven Demandt. That means he would have to repeat the feat at the start of the season, when he fired four past BFC Dynamo in the DFB-Pokal.
  • Should FC score against Magdeburg on Sunday, they will lay claim to the second-best attack in 2. Bundesliga history. FC are currently level with Schalke 04 on 83. If they are to overtake Hannover 96 as the best attack, then it would be the small matter of scoring 11 times.
  • Since detailed records began in 2005-06, no team has scored more headed goals than 1. FC Köln in a single 2. Bundesliga season. The previous record was held by Eintracht Frankfurt with 21. FC are already on 25.

TV Schedule

Austria, Germany, Switzerland – Sky Sport

Czech Republic, Slovakia – DIGI GO

Hungary – Sport 2

USA – FOX Soccer Match Pass

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 12
17 SC Paderborn 07 8
18 1. FC Köln 8

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