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FC Koln vs Mainz Prediction & Betting tips
The week-long break in the Bundesliga is over, the rest of the season should ideally be carried out by the end of June. In the early Sunday game, Cologne and Mainz face each other – with many question marks. How fit are both teams, what is their current form and what did the long break with the teams do? It is important to answer these questions.
Before the break, the host was one of the teams of the hour, winning four of the last six games. That is why the city dwellers are favored against the guests from Rhineland-Palatinate. Before the game Cologne vs. Mainz is therefore our tip that the Cologne will win this game.
The upturn in Cologne under the new coach Markus Gisdol ensured before the break that the team escaped from the deepest relegation zone and worked their way up to tenth place. This can also be seen when looking at the Bundesliga table: With 32 points, Cologne is already ten points ahead of the relegation place and, unlike the opponent from Mainz, can almost certainly plan to stay in the league.
Before the game Cologne vs. Mainz therefore point to a win for the hosts, although there is a slight uncertainty as to whether the break will resonate.
And this uncertainty does not come from the vague. Without the viewers behind you, the home advantage is obsolete, the mental aspects come into play much more clearly. It will be crucial here which team prepared better for the return during the break and how the teams cope with the unfamiliar atmosphere.
One point that may make it easier for the host from Cologne to prepare for the game without an audience is as follows: Before the break in the season, the club already played a ghost game against Gladbach, losing it 1: 2. The situation is known, however, not everything is new for players and coaches.
Most recently, the Cologne under Gisdol appeared increasingly in a 4-2-3-1 system, Mark Uth played in the offensive midfield and enjoyed a lot of freedom. This provided a stimulus for the offensive game, the full-backs were also often able to push, which in turn benefited players like Jakobs and Kainz.
The problem, however, was hedging. The balance was obviously missing in some games. This ensures that before the duel Cologne vs. Mainz the betting odds for a game in which more than 2.5 goals are scored are comparatively low. The fact that both teams now make a cold start without preparation and test games also speaks for many goals.
A big question is about the staff. Coach Markus Gisdol has no complaints about injuries, only defender Czichos is missing. It can be assumed that the host will again run in a 4-2-3-1 system – with proven staff.
In contrast to the host, Mainz is concerned about relegation. In 15th place, the guest has little room for downward movement, and at the same time a positive trend can be seen under Achim Beierlorzer. Under Beierlorzer, the biggest defensive problems have been gradually eliminated and the score has improved, at least in the last games.
Eight points from the last five games are a good record. In addition, the important game against relegation competitor Paderborn was won shortly before the season break. Under Beierlorzer the team often changes between a three and four chain, the pressing has been improved, the structure is more variable.
The guests of coach Achim Beierlorzer are immediately faced with great pressure. The team has to collect points – and as quickly as possible. After the duel with Cologne, the games against Leipzig, Union Berlin and Hoffenheim are coming up. So the program is quite complicated. Further tips on the Bundesliga can also be found on a betting basis.
The positive development in terms of defense has already been mentioned, but can also be demonstrated in figures. In the last five games, Mainz conceded six goals and played twice to zero. In the previous five games, there were nine goals conceded, while the team only kept the clean sheet once.
Personnel also has some questions for Achim Beierlorzer. The situation is clear in goal, Zentner is injured and replaced by Müller. But who plays for the blocked Mateta? One possibility would be to set up a very fluid three-way offensive with Onsiwo, Boetius and Quaison. However, it is more likely that Adam Szalai will start in the storm center. With his physique, he can assert himself how balls are processed and put his teammates in the limelight.
FC Koln vs Mainz head to head matches
25.10.19 BUN Mainz FC Koln 3 : 1
27.07.18 CF FC Koln Mainz 5 : 3
07.04.18 BUN FC Koln Mainz 1 : 1
18.11.17 BUN Mainz FC Koln 1 : 0
20.05.17 BUN FC Koln Mainz 2 : 0