2019-20 Bundesliga – Mainz vs Koln Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Mainz vs Koln kick off? Friday 25th October, 2019 – 19:30 (UK)

Where is Mainz vs Koln being played? OPEL ARENA

What TV channel is Mainz vs Koln on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to German Bundesliga matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Mainz vs Koln in the UK? If televised, subscribers can stream the match live on the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Mainz vs Koln?

Mainz – https://www.eventimsports.de/ols/mainz05/

Koln – https://fc.de/fc-tickets/ticketnews/

What was the score in the last meeting between Mainz & Koln? Koln 1-1 Mainz

THE TEAM NEWS

MAINZ

  • Mainz went down to their third defeat in four games at Fortuna Dusseldorf last Saturday, leaving them second from bottom in the table.
  • Midfielder Edimilson Fernandes is suspended after his dismissal at Dusseldorf and his likely replacement, Danny Latza, is nursing a knee injury so Ridle Baku could start.
  • Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi was handed his first start against Dusseldorf but after being taken off at half-time, it seems unlikely he will keep his place.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Zentner; Brosinski, St. Juste, Niakhate, Aaron Martin; Oztunali, Malong, Baku, Boetius; Quaison, Onisiwo

Unavailable: Bell (Injured), Mateta (Injured), Seydel (Injured), Ji Dong-Wong (Injured), Fernandes (Suspended)

Doubtful: Muller (Illness), Latza (Injured)

KOLN

  • Koln have shown improvement in their last two games and moved out of the bottom three with a big 3-0 win at home to fellow promoted side Paderborn last Sunday.
  • Coach Achim Beierlorzer welcomes centre-back Jorge Mere back from suspension but he may have to settle for a place on the bench after a standout performance from Sebastiaan Bornauw against Paderborn.
  • Winger Florian Kainz came off with a knock in that game but is expected to be fit for this one, but Birger Verstraete and Matthias Bader remain doubtful.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Horn; Ehizibue, Czichos, Bornauw, Katterbach; Skhiri, Hector; Schindler, Schaub, Kainz; Terrode

Unavailable: Clemens (Injured), Sobiech (Injured)

Doubtful: Verstraete (Injured), Drexler (Injured), Bader (Injured), Kainz (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Just a point separates these two sides at the bottom of the table but Koln go into Friday's meeting in slightly better form. Their 3-0 win over Paderborn last weekend will have boosted their confidence and they are certainly worth backing against a Mainz side who have largely been poor this season.

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