Professionals | 14/02/2019

Matchday 22

Preview ahead of the trip to Paderborn

On Friday evening, 1. FC Köln make the 200km trip to the Benteler-Arena to take on SC Paderborn 07.

Markus Anfang and his team will be hoping to set the record straight after the first meeting between the two this season ended in defeat for FC. This game should, in theory, guarantee goals. With games involving FC and Paderborn totalling an impressive 159 goals this season, there is reason to believe that Friday evening could be a humdinger.

Form check

SC Paderborn 07: Paderborn have been one of the surprise packages in the league this season, and occupy seventh with an attitude of “you score three, we’ll score four”. With 83 goals in their 21 league games this season, Steffen Baumgart’s side have certainly been the entertainers of 2. Bundesliga. With a DFB-Pokal quarter-finals spot already booked and no side in the league having taken more points from their last five games (12), they’re not just entertaining but also successful.

1. FC Köln: FC got back on track with an incredible performance and result against St. Pauli. That hugely important 4:1 win means that Markus Anfang and his men have a two-point gap over Union Berlin, Heidenheim and St. Pauli with a game in hand. Playing on Friday night once again gives the opportunity to widen that gap before the others kick-off, but also to put the pressure on Hamburger SV and reduce to gap to a single point once more.

The managers have had their say

Steffen Baumgart: “We both play in a very attacking manner. The systems are different but the idea of playing forward is very pronounced for both. It’ll be an intensive game for both teams. We were able to win the first game, but if you look at the game as a whole it could have gone very differently.”

Markus Anfang: “We still remember the first game. It was very intensive. Paderborn will play as they normally do: always going forward. They counter quickly and play with risk. We experienced it in the first game, that Paderborn are in the position to come back into games. They score a lot of goals, but we’re also in the situation not to score lots of goals.”

Squad update

SC Paderborn 07: Baumgart has no new suspension or injury concerns after the win against Bochum. Kirly Shelton remains the only major name out injured, after he tore his cruciate ligament a short time after joining the club from Sporting KC.

1. FC Köln: Markus Anfang will be without Marco Höger and Louis Schaub through injury, and Niklas Hauptmann has also been sidelined due to a meniscus injury. Anthony Modeste is now eligible to play and he is joined in the squad by Vincent Koziello. The Frenchman is back from injury and is also travelling.

Statistics

  • Friday should guarantee goals, at least on paper. The two best attacks in the league will go head-to-head at the Benteler-Arena, with FC (51) leading the way from Paderborn (50) by a single goal. The meeting earlier on in the season produced eight goals alone.
  • It’s no surprise that Markus Anfang has put the emphasis on counter-attacking this week. Only Union Berlin (6) have scored more goals on the counter attack this season than FC and Paderborn (both 4).
  • Paderborn and FC are also amongst the leading sides when it comes to set-pieces. Paderborn top the charts with 13, including four direct free-kicks from Philipp Klement. FC are third with 11, with Johannes Geis’ delivery for Jhon Cordoba’s third goal the latest to be added to the tally.

Opposition dangerman

Between Philipp Klement, Bernard Tekpetey and Sven Michel, it’s not easy to single out who is Paderborn’s dangerman. However, given that HSV and others are amongst those chasing the signature of the former, it makes sense to choose Klement. With 11 goals and eight assists this season, the 26-year-old is enjoying his best season as a professional as the lynchpin in the Paderborn side. Klement has been entrusted with set-piece duties at the Benteler-Arena and is showing week-by-week what 1. FSV Mainz 05 are missing.

Trivia

  • This is one of the rare occasions this season where none of the players, on either side, have played for the respective opposition. Jonas Hector, Timo Horn and Christian Clemens are the only players in the squad to have previously played for FC in the Benteler-Arena. Thomas Kessler was also in the squad on more than one occasion.
  • That was also the only occasion that FC have won in Paderborn. Anthony Ujah and Adil Chihi scored the goals to record a 2:1 win. Despite that being the only three points that FC have taken from Ostwestfalen, there has only been one defeat in their five trips.
  • Steffen Baumgart faced 1. FC Köln eight times as a player, and failed to win a single meeting, drawing three and losing five. He did manage to score in the final game, however.

Fan infos

  • The stadium opens at 17:00 CET.
  • There is a ban on glass in the stadium and the surrounding area.
  • Rucksacks, drinks and snacks are forbidden. Rucksacks can be given in at the away entrance, they will be secure during the game and can be picked up afterwards.
  • Digital cameras for personal use are allowed.
  • People with decidedly right or left leaning clothing, as well as severely drunk people, will not be allowed to enter the stadium.

TV Schedule

For fans in the UK and USA, BT Sports ESPN and FOX Soccer Match Pass will show the game live. As per usual, BeIN Sports HD 8 will cover most of the Middle East and Africa. Germany, Austria and Switzerland will have Sky broadcast the game, while DIGI Sport 2 is the place to go in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Polish (Eleven Sports 1 Poland) and Dutch (Fox Sports 4) are able to follow the game live on TV.

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