Jonas Hector has played 660 minutes this season, more than any other FC player. He is the only FC player yet to miss a minute of competitive action in the current campaign.
FC are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Greuther Fürth. The last two games ended in 4:0 wins for FC, including the three points that secured promotion back to the Bundesliga.
Sebastian Andersson has scored four times in three games against the Shamrocks. No player in the FC squad has scored more often than the Swedish striker.
Rafael Czichos became the fourth player in the current FC squad to reach 100 competitive appearances for the club, joining Anthony Modeste (128), Jonas Hector (282) and Timo Horn (321). Salih Özcan can join that group on Friday, should he play on Friday.
Greuther Fürth and 1. FC Köln have both been crowned German Champions three times. Fürth claimed the title in 1914, 1926 and 1929. FC won the German Championship in 1962, before the first Bundesliga title in 1963-64 and then in 1977-78.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the Bundesliga. 16 of the previous 18 tussles were in 2. Bundesliga, with the other two in the DFB-Pokal.
Sebastian Andersson and Branimir Hrgota are two of the most successful Swedes in the Bundesliga since 2010. The pair have 15 and 14 goals respectfully, only three other players have managed more – Oscar Wendt, Emil Forsberg and Robin Quaison.
Fürth have only managed to score in the second-half this season. They have scored all four goals after the break, although FC boast an impressive record of their own. 70% of the goals from Steffen Baumgart’s side have fallen in the second 45 minutes, only Fürth and Bochum (75%) have a better quota.
Greuther Fürth have never won a home game in the Bundesliga. After going their first-ever campaign in the top-flight without three points, their first three home games in the current season has seen them remain without a win.
The Köln health authorities have allowed 7,000 more fans to attend the game against Fürth on Friday evening. That will mean that FC will be backed by 40,000 fans for the first time in over 18 months. Tickets are available here for FC members.
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