FC Koln vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf 5/24/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
5/24/20 12 pm
Over 2.5 (-150), Under 2.5 (+120)
FC Koln is hosting Fortuna Dusseldorf at RheinEnergieStadion in round 27 in German Bundesliga.
Koln has been on a solid form before the season was paused, but they haven’t won any of their last two games in Bundesliga. Koln is safe outside the relegation zone in 11th place with 33 points. The offense has been outstanding with Koln so far this season with 41 scored goals, but their defense hasn’t been on the same level, Koln has conceded 47 goals. Koln was playing against Mainz at home last weekend and they had a decent game, until the second half. Koln has had 48% of ball possession in that game, 6 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and 78% of accurate passes. Koln has had a 2-0 lead until 61st minute when Mainz scored a goal that got them closer to Koln. In 72nd minute Koln has conceded another goal and this match ended in 2-2 draw. Cordoba has scored 10 goals for Koln so far this season, while Kainz added 6 assists. Czichos, Hauptmann, and Risse are all injured and will miss this game. Koln is safe outside the relegation zone and I think they will stay safe until the end, but I wouldn’t expect much more from this team as they have a problem with consistency.
Fortuna hasn’t won any of their last 4 games and they are in 16th place in the standings with 23 points, the position that leads to the relegation playoffs. Fortuna has scored only 27 goals in 26 games, but their defense has been even worse with 50 conceded goals, one of the worst in Bundesliga. Hennings has scored 11 goals for Fortuna this season, while Thommy added 5 goals and 5 assists. Steffen and Ayhan are injured and will skip this game. Fortuna hosted Paderborn last weekend and has had 53% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 85% of accurate passes. Fortuna was the better team in this match, but they weren’t able to use their chances and this match ended in a 0-0 draw. Fortuna hasn’t been playing well for a while now and it’s by pure luck that they are still in a good position to keep their Bundesliga status, but if Fortuna wants to stay in Bundesliga, they need to change their games style and start scoring more goals, even if their defense doesn’t improve, those few extra goals might make a difference. The schedule is not Fortuna’s friend in the next few games, and this will be one of the toughest times for Fortuna this season.
When playing at home, Koln has not lost to Fortuna in their last 4 games. Koln is the better team here, and even though Fortuna needs this victory more, I must side with Koln at home, not that it means much without the fans cheering their team on.