Our football match prediction:
RheinEnergieStadion will host Sunday’s football match between Koln and Hamburger. The Billy Goats aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Hertha Berlin and seeing that Hoffenheim and Hertha face each other on Matchday 9 a win over Hamburger would see them climb to the Champions League berth in the Bundesliga standings. Koln are after their fourth home win of the season and given Hamburger’s poor form, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points Sunday’s clash at RheinEnergieStadion. Die Rothosen failed to score in previous three away games in the national championship and they are unlikely to upset the Billy Goats, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. A man to watch in the home team will be Anthony Modeste, who has been scoring goals for fun this season. The 28-year-old French attacker has netted eight goals in eight league games this term.
Highlighted Player (Mergim Mavraj):
Born in Germany to Albanian parents, Mergim Mavraj made two appearances for the Germany Under 21 side before switching his allegiance to Albania and he has since become a key defender for his new national team. The experienced centre back began his professional career at Darmstadt, but his talent was quickly spotted by Bochum scouts and he made a move to the Bundesliga side in 2007. Four years later, he surprisingly opted to join second division side Greuther Furth, but that proved a good career move as he helped the team secure promotion to the Bundesliga before putting in some solid showings in the Germany’s top flight. But, when his side eventually returned to the second division, he moved to FC Koln, where he has been since the summer of 2014. Meanwhile, Mavraj quickly established himself as an important player for the Albanian national team, establishing a good partnership with captain Lorik Cana, and helping the team secure their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Hamburg SV):
Hamburg was founded in 1919 out of a fusion of 3 different football clubs from Hamburg. Because of the fusion the Hamburg SV have 4 official club colours which all are in the current home kit of the club. Hamburg SV is playing in the Bundesliga since the national league officialy started. Hamburg SV never played in another league than the Bundesliga. The best results of Hamburg SV were in the eighties where the club won the national league 2 times and the Europa Cup 1 once.Since 1963 Hamburg is playing their home games in the Volksparstadium. In 1998 Hamburg SV changed to a new venue where the capacity 57 000 is. This is the venue where Hamburg SV is playing right now and is called the Imtech Arena. Because of international legislation the capacity in European games is 51500.Known former players that played for Hamburg SV are: van der Vaart, Beckenbauer, Ze Roberto, Guerrero and Felix Magath.