Prediction and odds for the game: Koln (9/2) v RB Leipzig (8/15)
We are backing the away win
When: Monday, 1st June 2020, Kick-off 19:30
Where: The Rhein Energie Stadion
On Monday night, Koln host RB Leipzig at the Rhein Energie Stadion, as the visitors look to get their top-four challenge back on track in the Bundesliga.
The Billy Goats have enjoyed a mixed season so far in the German top-flight. Markus Gisdol’s team are currently right in the middle of the table, as they are eight points from the European spots and seven points clear of the relegation play-off spot.
A recent poor run of form has hindered their chances of mounting a late bid for European football next season. However, they should have enough to avoid slipping into the leagues bottom three.
A 3-1 defeat at Hoffenheim last time out means that Koln have now failed to win in four league matches, having picked up two draws and suffered two defeats. Their recent league matches certainly haven’t been short of goals, as there have been over 2.5 goals scored in their last 11 Bundesliga games. Both teams have also scored in their last five league matches.
Koln have been difficult to beat on their home patch this season. They have suffered just one league defeat in their last nine home games. Gisdol’s team have also been prolific, scoring at least twice in five of their last six home matches in the German top-flight.
The visitors Bundesliga title challenge has well and truly not faded. Julian Nagelsmann’s team are now 12 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich. Their main focus is now sealing a top-four spot.
Die Roten Bullen are fourth in the table. However, rivals Monchengladbach host Union Berlin on Sunday and could leapfrog them in the table, which would mean Leipzig dropping out of the Champions League spots.
The visitors are unbeaten in nine matches in the Bundesliga. However, they have drawn six of those nine undefeated matches. A 2-2 home draw against Hertha Berlin last time out means that they have drawn four of their last five league matches.
RB Leipzig have been highly inconsistent of late on their travels in the Bundesliga, as they have won just two of their last six league matches on the road. However, they are unbeaten in their last four away games in the top-flight, having also kept clean sheets in all four of their undefeated matches.
History favours the visitors, as they have won three of the last five meetings with Koln while suffering just one defeat.
Koln have been inconsistent of late, but are strong on home soil, while RB Leipzig like a draw. However, we fancy the visitors to pull off a victory in a high-scoring encounter, as both teams games tend to produce goals.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 8/15 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/9. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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