Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Relegation-threatened Schalke will look to put an end to their three-game losing run when they take on Koln on Sunday afternoon. Die Knappen experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-1 loss to Leipzig, meaning that they are low on spirits ahead of the visit of Koln. Dominick Drexler is widely expected to replace Tom Krauss in the starting XI, while all Polter, Tauer, Heekeren, Kral, Ouwejan, and Zalazar remain in the recovery room.
The Billy Goats, on the other hand, kicked off 2023 in great manner, with the team rolling over Werder Bremen 7-1, while holding Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw at Allianz Arena. Koln are more of a team than Schalke; therefore, we predict that Steffen Baumgart’s men are going to pick up all three points from the match. Timo Hubner is a major doubt, while all Kristian Pedersen, Luca Kilian, Mark Uth, Florian Dietz, and Sebastian Andersson remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Schwolow):
One of the key cogs in Freiburg’s push for Bundesliga survival in 2017/18, Alexander Schwolow remains remembered for his impressive displays against some of league’s biggest sides which proved decisive in his team’s relegation battle.
A product of Freiburg academy, Alexander Schwolow was forced to work for his place under the spotlight and it wasn’t until his loan spell in the Third Division with Armenia Bielefeld in 2014 that Schwolow earned his place between the sticks at his parent club. His stock went through a rapid rise in 2016/17 campaign when Alexander Schwolow played a great part in his team’s seventh-place finish and a place in the UEFA Europa league qualification.
Schwolow’s impressive goalkeeping exploits got his name written in the notebook of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and it is fair to say we could see his move abroad in foreseeable future. Alexander Schwolow represented Germany in U18, U19 and U20 categories but has yet to earn a senior cap.
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.