Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Sunday’s football game at Vonovia Ruhrstadion pits together Bochum and Koln, the two sides with entirely different ambitions in the 2022/2023 Bundesliga season. Bochum’s main goal is to secure yet another top flight survival, while Koln are eyeing a spot in European competitions. Anyhow, home win should not be considered as the rock-bottom side kicked off the new season with six defeats in a row. All Takuma Asano, Jacek Goralski, Dominique Heintz, Kostas Stadylidis, and Paul Grave are out of contention with injuries.
The Billy Goats, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Union Berlin, and we predict that they will take advantage of the current atmosphere in Bochum’s dressing room. Defender Luca Kilian is banned for the match, while all Sebastian Andersson, Julian Chabot, Mathias Olesen, and Mark Uth remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Ellyes Skhiri):
After spending his youth career at Montpellier, Ellyes Skhiri continued playing for la Paillade at senior level. In 2019 he moved to Bundesliga side Koln, signing a four-year contract with the Billy Goats. Shkiri was born in Lunel, France on May 10, 1995, but he has a dual citizenship as his parents are of Tunisia descent.
The Koln midfielder made debut with the Tunisian national team in a 1-0 win over Iran on March 23, 2018 and he represented Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that year. Ellyes Skhiri’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances at both right and centre back.
His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Koln until June 30, 2026. The Tunisia international made his Bundesliga debut on August 17, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and he scored his first ever goal in the German top flight in a 2-1 win over Freiburg on August 31, 2019.
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.