On Saturday, 1. FC Köln will be hosting the guests from Augsburg. If the two teams in the preseason were still on about one level, this looks a little different in this season. While Augsburg is moving in the same table regions as in the previous year, it is in particular the Cologne, which are among the current surprise teams of the current season.
After well over a third of the season, Cologne is on the Champions League course! Together with Dortmund, Hoffenheim, Hertha BSC and Frankfurt, the Geißböcke have twenty-one points. Within this block, Cologne have the second-best goal ratio and are currently on the Champions League qualifying place four. With just eight goals, the goat bobs have conquered the fewest to the Bavarians. On the last day of the match, Cologne was the big coup in the Rheinderby at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The lead of Gladbach after half an hour could only compensate for Modeste – if rather involuntarily, as token – after an hour had elapsed, before cracks in the time of injury with a hammer from 34 meters turned the game completely. For Cologne this was only the second away win, but a very special one. After losing the match on the previous day and losing in Frankfurt with 0: 1, you can start on Saturday again at home. Cologne have a strong 4-1-0 record at 11: 2 goals. The only draw was against top runners RB Leipzig. With a triple against Augsburg you could be equal to points with the Bayern, if these lose on Saturday.
Augsburg finished the pre-season on rank twelve. Currently, the Fuggerstädter are ranked twelve. The current 3-3-5 record is certainly expandable. The previous three victories were held in Bremen, against Darmstadt and in Ingolstadt and thus against teams in the current ranks fifteen, sixteen and seventeen. However, Augsburg also celebrated the victory in Leverkusen, against Schalke and the last matchday against Hertha BSC, as one each time a point. Above all, the previous appearances were anything but wrong, because in five guest games they won two victories and a draw and lost only with the top rider RB Leipzig and against the stubborn Freiburg in each case with 1: 2. In the DFB Cup, the Bavarians lost 3-1, especially as the third goal of the Munich side fell in the third minute of stoppage time. In Cologne, Augsburg pays off and courage is above all the view of the recent past. Augsburg have not lost any of the last five direct duels in the Bundesliga. Rather, there were three wins and two draws. In the last three direct encounters with Cologne, Augsburg was able to keep his box clean, but also meet only once.