Mainz 05 and Köln meet at Coface Arena, in a match for the 12 th round of the Bundesliga. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 22-01-2017, for the Bundesliga, which ended in a draw for (0-0). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Mainz 05 presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
1. FSV Mainz:
After 3 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses, the home team is currently in the 13 th position, with 12 points won. In the last match, they have tied in an away match against Borussia M’gladbach by (1-1), after in the previous match they have tied (1-1) at home, in a match against Eintracht Frankfurt. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 6 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 11 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 22 suffered. In the last match that they disputed, for the Friendlies, they lost with F91 Dudelange at home (3-5). In the last 6 home league matches Mainz 05 has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 18 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 11 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Mainz comes into this game after a foreign draw, a ball, in the visit to the land of Borussia M’gladbach. One of the main qualities of the home team is how it manages to create danger almost always attacking the flanks, in addition to the task performed by the players in the recovery of possession of the ball. The home team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, favoring a slower style of play. In this tactical scheme, the three players responsible for throwing the panic in the opposing defense are Muto, Bláis and Oztunali. The coach of Mainz will not be able to count on Berggreen, Onisiwo, Latza and Adler, injured.
05 FC Koln:
After 2 draws and 9 losses, the away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 2 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Bayer Leverkusen, by (2-1). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Hoffenheim, by (0-3). This is a team that usually shows similar results, at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home team factor, as in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. For the league, Köln won 1 point out of 18 possible points, after 1 draw and 5 losses in the last 6 matches as a visitor.
For this competition, he did not win any of the last 11 games. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually feels very difficult to score first. In fact, he only opened the scoring once in the last 11 games for the Bundesliga. In 11 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 8 times and never got the comeback.
The Cologne comes to this unmotivated day, after a home-made snub, by 0-3, at the reception at Hoffenheim. The visiting team must act in a tactical system in 4-4-2, with the objective of using the central corridor to invest in the offensive process. In any case, it is guessed that the Colony adopts a more defensive posture, with the aim of trying not to suffer goals. The Cologne coach can not count on Cordoba, Risse, Nartey, Hoger, Hector and Heintz, all injured. Pizarro is also out of the list of available players, for being suspended.
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