Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
In-form Bayer Leverkusen will be aiming to retain top position in the standings when they face Koln at their BayArena on Sunday. The league leaders made a flying start to the season and their excellent performance in a 3-0 win over Mainz is surely fuelling fans with optimism ahead of the visit of Koln. All Arthur, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Patrik Schick continue to miss out with injuries, but Xabi Alonso can count on key players for Sunday’s encounter.
The Billy Goats, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in the German top flight and given their difficulties in front of goal, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. Both Eric Martel and Jan Thielmann are sidelined with injuries, but they should be the only absentees in the visiting team. In their last meeting in the Bundesliga Koln defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Granit Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012.
The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process.
Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Koln):
FC Koln is a German football club from Koln and is currently active in the Bundesliga. The club was founded on 13th of February in 1948 after a fusion between Koner BC01 and SpVgg Sulz07. Like many German football clubs FC Koln is not only a football club but has different other sports departments as well.
FC Koln currently hosts it’s home games in the Rhein Energie Stadium which holds a capacity of almost 51 000 spectators and was recently renovated in 2004.The main club colours are white and red. The most known nickname for FC Koln is Die Geißböcke which literally means the Goats. The biggest rivals of FC Koln are Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fortuna Dusseldorf. The club from Koln holds a narrow relationship with St Pauli, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain.
FC Koln is one of the most successful clubs in Germany winning the Bundesliga title 3 times and the DFB Pokal 3 times. Notable players that played for FC Koln are Schuster, Korput, Olsen, Weber and Muller.