Professionals | 29/05/2020

Matchday 29

The Number Crunch: At home to Leipzig

1. FC Köln welcome Leipzig to the RheinEnergieSTADION on Monday evening to round off Matchday 29 and a run of three games in eight days. It will be the first Bundesliga game in 25 years to take place in June. Here are 10 facts and figures to get you ready for the match.

FC’s strength this season has been at home, especially under Markus Gisdol. Since he took charge, FC have lost just once in Müngersdorf (against Bayern), picking up an impressive 18 points in his nine home games.

When it comes to headers, FC are head and shoulders above the rest. Gisdol’s men have scored 14 headers this season, more than any other Bundesliga side.

Set-pieces to prove key?

Despite not having scored from a corner since the restart, FC are still the league’s joint-most efficient side from corners. They average a goal every 14 corners, a record they share with 1. FC Union Berlin.

FC tend to finish games strongly this season, having conceded just eight times in the final 15 minutes of matches – a record they share with Leipzig. FC have also managed the most goals after 90 minutes, finding the back of the net an incredible seven times.

The meetings between FC and Leipzig will see two teams with strengths on and against the counter. FC have scored from 10 counters (4th highest), while Leipzig boast 12 goals on the break and the third best record. Again, on the other side of the coin, the difference is marginal. FC have conceded just four goals on the counter this season to Leipzig’s three.

This match will see the league’s two most potent teams from set-pieces go head-to-head with one another. Leipzig have managed 19 and lead the Bundesliga, with FC just three behind having scored from 16 dead-ball situations.

Leipzig keen to keep up clean sheet run

While Leipzig have managed to keep a clean sheet in their last four away games, they are yet to keep out FC in a Bundesliga fixture. In the five previous meetings, there have always been goals for both sides.

Julian Nagelsmann have never lost a game against a promoted side. In the 14 meetings to date with teams who have come up from 2. Bundesliga, they have recorded an impressive 12 wins and two draws.

Leipzig have been a force to be reckoned with away from home this campaign. They’ve picked up 28 points from 14 games this season, with only Bayern Munich earning more (32).

While he failed to score against Hertha BSC on Wednesday, Timo Werner remains atop the Bundesliga’s goal contributions charts. The striker continues to chase down Robert Lewandowski (27) with his 24 goals, but has also added an impressive seven assists.

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