Köln and Arsenal meet at RheinEnergieStadion, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage).
FC Koln :
After 1 win and 3 losses, the home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 3 points won. In the last game, they won by (5-2) at home against BATE, after in the previous match, having lost by (1-0) away with BATE. The team comes to this match after a loss outside with Mainz 05 by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Köln has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have always conceived goals in the last 4 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Cologne is still going through a very critical period this season, as it lost eleven of its last fifteen games, considering all the competitions it is playing, and now it comes from two consecutive defeats by the German championship, in which it occupies the last position, being the only club that still has not won in the competition. In his last match, he did not have a bad performance, but he created few opportunities and did not manage to react to the goal suffered in the first half, against Mainz. The numbers of the national championship reveal a very weak team in both sectors, with an average of 0.33 goals per game, also having the second worst defense. In the Europa League, the defense of Cologne is no worse than that of BATE Borisov in Group H. However, despite occupying the last position of this group, the German club still has mathematical possibilities to achieve the classification, although depend on very improbable results. The coach alternates with a certain frequency the tactical system of the team, but must keep Özcan as a reference in the center of the field.
After 3 wins and 1 draw, the away team is currently in the 1 st position, with 10 points won. In the last match, they tied for (0-0) at home against Crvena Zvezda, after in the previous match, they won by (0-1) away with Crvena Zvezda. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Tottenham Hotspur by (2-0). In the last 10 away matches Arsenal has won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency to have goals, since in 49 of their last 56 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 37 of the last 56 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 5 times, but got the comeback in 4.
Arsenal enter the field for this game very quietly, as they only need to conquer one of six possible points to guarantee their qualification for the next phase of the Europa League, as they lead Group H and remain unbeaten in the competition. The club has only two defeats in the last fifteen games and now comes from another victory for the English league, which occupies the sixth position. In that match, the team staged a balanced exhibition against Tottenham, but showed more opportunism and also a lot of defensive consistency, thus guaranteeing three more points. This good performance of the defense is also confirmed in the continental tournament, being that he only suffered three goals in four games. The English club has stood out for having one of the best full pass media and possession of the ball, which makes it difficult for the opponent’s work. It is very likely that the coach keeps the team in a 3-4-2-1, with highlight for Walcott in the offensive sector.
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