TIP OF THE DAY: Köln – Leipzig: The Goats versus The Bulls – Whose Horns are Stronger?

On Friday, the betting offer is somewhat weaker than in the past few days, but this time we have prepared for you the premier match of the 26th round of the German Bundesliga, in which Köln will host Leipzig at their stadium. The start of the duel between these two teams is scheduled for 20:30.

Köln: The Primary Goal Will Be Survival!

Köln finished last season in eleventh place on the table with an eleven-point surplus over the teams that were eventually relegated to a lower league, meaning that survival was never really in question, which has been the primary goal of this endearing team for years. However, not everything went as planned this season. At the beginning of 2024, Baumgartner was dismissed, and Timo Schulz was appointed in his place, all in an effort to ensure the popular Goats finish the championship in a safe zone. And already, it’s clear that this will be no easy task.

The former participant in the Europa League currently finds itself in sixteenth place on the table, a position well known to lead to a relegation playoff match against the third-placed team from the Zweite Bundesliga, and undoubtedly, everyone at the club would want to avoid this. To date, Timo Schulz’s protégés have played 25 matches in the top tier of German football and achieved only three victories, nine draws, and thirteen defeats, which is certainly too many.

Notably, in the last five matches, the Goats are without a victory, having experienced two losses and three draws during this period. The last league triumph for Köln came at the beginning of February at their own stadium against Eintracht Frankfurt, ending 2:0. In the previous round, Köln played a quite good match away at Borussia Mönchengladbach, where we saw six goals and the game ended 3:3. The guests took an early lead, but the host managed to equalize by halftime. Köln took the lead again, however, Hahn then stepped up and quickly scored two goals for 3:2, with the final score set by Duda, about ten minutes before the end of regular play.

At their home ground, the popular Goats have so far played twelve matches, achieving only two victories, three draws, and seven defeats, and it’s precisely these poor performances at home that are the reason why Köln is so low on the table. Lastly, in the first part of the season, Köln experienced a real disaster when visiting Leipzig, as that match ended with a score of 6:0, so the popular Goats will give everything to take revenge on the Bulls who desperately need a win in their fight for a Champions League spot.

Leipzig: Can The Bulls Reach the Champions League Again?

Last season, Leipzig won a new trophy in the German Cup, their second in their short history, but perhaps even more importantly, the popular Bulls secured third place in the Bundesliga table and qualified for Europe’s premier club competition. In the group stage of this competition, they finished second, behind Manchester City but ahead of Young Boys and Red Star Belgrade. In the first match of the knockout stage of the elite competition, Red Bull was defeated 0:1 at home by Real Madrid, and after that match, there were many complaints from the home team about the refereeing, as it was widely believed that a clear goal for the German representative was disallowed in the second minute with the score at 0:0.

Even in the return leg, the popular Bulls did not give up, as that match at Santiago Bernabeu ended 1:1, thus ending the German representative’s journey in this year’s edition of the Champions League. It’s safe to say the primary goal was achieved, which is of course progressing to the knockout phase.

Regarding the German championship, it seems that Marco Rose’s men will have quite a lot of trouble securing a spot in Europe’s top club competition, as the Bulls are currently in fifth place on the table, just one point behind fourth-placed Dortmund. However, as time goes on, it seems that the current German Cup winner is slowly but surely awakening, as this team has achieved as many victories in the last two league matches. First, Leipzig was better in an away match against Bochum, ending 1:4, followed by a victory at their own stadium in the last round against Darmstadt, with the match ending 2:0.

In terms of away games, Red Bull has played twelve matches so far, registering five victories, suffering the same number of defeats, and drawing twice, noting that Rose’s men have recently had quite a lot of problems away from home, as in the last five away matches, this team has achieved only one victory, in the mentioned duel against Bochum.

As we have already mentioned, the last duel between Leipzig and Köln ended with a score of 6:0, and that duel at Red Bull Arena was certainly the best match of the Bulls in this year’s edition of the German Bundesliga, with the note that this team also impressed everyone in the German Super Cup, when Bayern Munich was demolished 3:0, with three goals by Dani Olmo, meaning that Leipzig has already won one trophy this season, but unfortunately, that will be where this team stops.

Our Suggestion

Both teams urgently need points. Köln has recently had a lot of problems on their home ground where this team traditionally plays quite well, while the guests have played two excellent matches in a row, and it seems that the Bulls are the favorites in this duel, so we boldly recommend you opt for a “2”, which the bookmaker 22Bet pays out with odds of 1.55.

In addition, this duel could very easily bring a large number of goals, so it is ideal to try the game 3+ with odds of 1.63 at 22Bet.

Finally, perhaps the most realistic prediction for betting on this match between Köln and Leipzig is that the guests will score at least two goals, so we advise you to play the G2+ game for which the bookmaker 22Bet has prepared odds of 1.57.

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