Cologne vs Schalke Predictions

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  • RheinEnergieStadion

Cologne to Win and Over 2.5 Match Goals

4/6odds when tipped

Cologne 2-1

8/1odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Schalke have lost their last six Bundesliga away games.
  • Three or more goals have been scored in total in each of Cologne’s last four home league games.
  • Three or more goals have been scored in total in 78% of each team’s last nine league games.

Back Cologne to come up smelling of roses

Cologne need to win and hope other results go their way to stay up as they take on already-relegated Schalke.

It ought to be a straightforward home win for the hosts over a side that earned only their fourth Bundesliga win in 17 months last week.

The Billy Goats are unbeaten in their last seven Bundesliga meetings with Schalke, who – although down weeks ago – had actually been threatening to pull off a shock win for the past few weeks.

A couple of games prior to last Saturday’s trashing of Eintracht Frankfurt in a seven-goal thriller, the Royal Blues took a 2-0 at half-time against Hoffenheim – before losing their heads in the second half.

This is the kind of inconsistency that usually goes with a youthful line-up and coach Dimitrios Grammozis has been happy to throw plenty of his rookies in at the deep end in recent weeks.

Expect another fresh-faced Schalke side to give it a go at RheinEnergieStadion, but we would rather side with the team facing dire consequences unless they win.

A defeat or draw will drop Cologne back into the second tier after a mere two-year stay and many of the current squad will depart as the budget is slashed.

Captain Jonas Hector, scorer of a match-winning brace against Leipzig last month, has trained this week and should return to the starting line-up but Ismail Jakobs and Ellyes Skhiri are suspended.

Ondrej Duda has scored five in his last eight from midfield too, so we think Cologne possess enough firepower to run out winners from an end-to-end contest.

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