10/03/2023: Daily Predictions: German Bundesliga: Cologne vs Bochum

Cologne will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways as they prepare to post bottom of the table and relegation candidates Bochum in a Bundesliga clash at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Friday afternoon.

Form Guide

It’s safe to say that both sides are not in great form and this season has so far not really gone according to plan for either side. Bochum are last in the league and strong relegation candidates. They have lost their last four games in a row. However, they still have hope of survival as the three teams above them also have 19 points as do they. They are bottom of the log due to goal difference.

Cologne are probably safe from relegation for this season but this has been a mediocre season for them. They are 12 points behind sixth place Eintracht Frankfurt who occupy the last European qualification spot.

Head To Head

The teams last played last September. The game ended 1-1. Linton Maina scored for Cologne while Benno Schmitz scored an own goal for Bochum.

The last two games between the teams have ended in draws.

Cologne have won three out of their last five games against Bochum. The last time that Bochum beat Cologne was in a 3-2 win back in December 2018.

Latest Cologne results

Cologne’s last game was a 0-0 draw with Union Berlin. They are without a win in three games, having lost two.

Cologne have not scored in their last three games, conceding five times in that time.

Cologne last won when they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in February.

Latest Bochum results

Bochum’s last game was a 2-0 defeat to Schalke. They have lost their last five games in all competitions.

Bochum have only scored one goal in their last five games, conceding 12 times in that time.

Bochum’s last win was when they beat Hoffenheim 5-2 in early February.

Prediction

It will be a low scoring and scrappy game between two sides whom are struggling for form and confidence at the moment. I do expect Cologne to make the most out of their home advantage and to go on and record a narrow 1-0 win.

Both teams to score- No

Bochum’s low confidence in front of goal could continue to haunt them especially as they are playing away from home. Cologne will look to capitalize upon counter-attacking football.

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Anytime Goal Scorers

Cologne-Dejan Ljubičić. The Austrian makes some good runs and his deft touches off and on the ball is something that could be threatening to the Bochum defence whom he will be looking to exploit.

Playabets have priced him at 4.87 to score.

Bochum- Takuma Asano- Asano is the type of player that could be vital for Bochum at this stage of their campaign. He shows no fear and has pace, something he showed during Japan’s World Cup campaign in Qatar late last year.

Playabets have him prices at 6.90 to score.

Safe Bet

Bet on Cologne to win- Gbets-odd-1.66

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