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Bochum vs Cologne Predictions

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Bochum
Cologne

Both Teams To Score

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Draw 1-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both backlines will be fatigued following respective midweek cup clashes.
  • Bochum failed to keep a clean sheet in four of their last five home games.
  • Both teams scored in eight of Cologne’s 11 away games this season.

A matter of survival for Bochum

While the hosts currently sit comfortably in mid-table, only five points separated them from the bottom three prior to the weekend’s round of games. As such, they will be expected to push for the win in this clash after failing to win four of their last five league games.

Confidence flows through Bochum after they progressed to the final eight of the German Cup in midweek with a barnstorming 3-1 success over Bundesliga opponents, Mainz.

Aside from their cup win, home comforts have been vitally important to Bochum so far this season as they have picked up 17 of their 23 point haul here (74%), which also accounts for 11 of their 17 scored goals.

The Billy Goats could show their fatigue

After losing key personnel in this transfer window, combined with injuries and a loss on penalties in the midweek DFB Pokal clash, FC Cologne could prove to be fragile in this clash.

However, they have kept hold of their attacking talents and with a return of ten goals across their last five away games, the visitors will at least expect to get on the scoresheet.

All in all, this game looks like a classic mid-table slog. Considering both Bochum’s solid home form and Cologne’s scoring form away from home, I am backing both teams to score. However, I would not be surprised to see these sides play out a low-scoring 1-1 stalemate.


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