Freiburg vs Koln by Gustav
Freiburg broke a streak of two consecutive defeats with much improved home performance over Augsburg and a 2:0 victory two weeks ago, prior to the little break the teams had in Bundesliga due international fixtures. It was generally an open game, where both sides had their amount of chances and played pretty fearless at the back.
However, hosts were more determined and more concrete in last twenty minutes of the game, managing to get the three pointer thanks to goals from Schmid in 71st and Petersen in 84th minute of the match. With this three pointer, the team escaped from the relegation positions, but are still in more than worrying situation being tied up with points to play-out placed Hamburg and having only a point more than second from the bottom Paderborn. However, this game comes as a great chance for the team to get new point(s) and increase their chances of staying even further. Central defender Marc Torrejon is back from suspension and ready to take his position, while Nils Petersen is fully fit again and could partner Admir Mehmedi up front.
Koln, on the other side, could do much more in the previous game, but were only held to a 1:1 draw at home against Werder Bremen. However, that result could be taken a positive one for them, especially because the team has now a run of three consecutive matches with no defeat and are sitting with five points difference from the relegation zone.
This was their second consecutive draw, as the team previously held Dortmund to a goalless draw away from home. Most be said that they were pretty lucky to walk away with a point against Werder, as they equalized from the penalty spot in last minutes of the match as Lehmann was precise. Apart from it, Werder looked like more concrete side during the match and failed to exploit couple of chances for a double lead. With five points more than relegating worried sides, their aim here is surely to take a point at least, as the team would be dragged close to a relegating battle in case they lose. Defensive midfielder Yannick Gerhardt (11/0) is injured and won't play here, while the team also could miss Deyverson (6/1) forward who is doubtful.
If one team is closer to get all three points here, that surely would be Freiburg. they come from a morale boosting victory against Augsburg and have a perfect chance to increase their chances of staying even further. Draw can't be excluded but no doubt that the hosts are closer to celebrating in this one.