Professionals | 17/09/2021

Matchday 5

The Number Crunch: At home against Leipzig

1. FC Köln take on Leipzig on Saturday evening at the RheinEnergieSTADION. FC are in fine form and records could crumble in what is set to be a lively affair. Here is everything you need to know before this weekend’s game.

Steffen Baumgart has won his first two home games in charge of FC and has the chance to equal two long-standing records. It would be the first time an FC coach has won their first three home games since May 1993 (Morten Olsen). A win against Leipzig would also signal three home wins to start the season. The last time that occurred was under Rinus Michels in 1982.

Modeste, Modeste!

Only Borussia Dortmund managed to take more points from the two games against Leipzig last season. While Dortmund secured two wins, FC picked up a hard-fought point in Sachsen before an incredible 2:1 home win in April.

19. The number of efforts on goal from Anthony Modeste this season, topped only by Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski. The Frenchman has scored three headers this season, more than any other player in the Bundesliga.

Modeste is also leading the Bundesliga when it comes to winning his battles with opposition defenders. The experienced forward has a duel success rate of 63%.

No team has crossed more (70) or scored more goals from crosses (7) than 1. FC Köln. Steffen Baumgart’s side average a goal every 10 crosses to date.

There is little in common between the two teams but there will be a chance for two members of the teams to say hello to their former employers. Benno Schmitz spent two years at RB Leipzig, whilst Achim Beierlorzer was FC head coach at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

Since the defeat to 1. FC Köln last season, Leipzig have been unable to pick up a single point on their travels since. After the loss to FC and the following defeats to Dortmund, Union, Mainz and Wolfsburg, another negative result would be sixth away defeat in a row.

Nkunku makes history in his own way

Even when they were beaten on Wednesday, Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku managed to grab a hat-trick against Manchester City. It is the first time in 10 years that a player scored three goals and ended up on the losing side in the Champions League. The last player to do so was Gareth Bale. 

One of the positives from the early season struggles has been Mohamed Simakan. The summer signing from Strasbourg has impressed with his aggressive defending, winning 73% of his challenges. Only Nico Elvedi can boast a better percentage (76%).

Dominik Szoboszlai is Leipzig’s top goalscorer this season. The Hungarian talent was finally able to make his debut for Leipzig this season after missing out with injury following his move from Salzburg. He netted a brace against Stuttgart and also scored against Sandhausen in the DFB-Pokal.

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5VfL Wolfsburg13
61. FC Köln12
71. FC Union Berlin12

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