Hertha vs Koln by Gustav
Hertha is having a modest start in the new season and what's the most important for them, the team is already six points up from the bottom of the table, something that was their target for the start - to detach themselves as soon as possible from the bottom of the table. Of course that the club barely escaped from relegation battle last season and that their targets aren't much higher this one either.
For years, most of the points they collect is in front of own fans and the same tradition should be continued in the new season, or, already did start. In last two performances away from home they suffered two rather easy defeats, against Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, but the team won't be too disappointed with it, knowing that their real chances stand with home matches. For this game, they will surely try to get all three points, but at the same time won't be too disappointed in case they collect a point as well. However, the team faces with more and more injury worries, as they can't now count at goalkeeper Thomas Kraft (5/0), who will be replaced by Rune Jarstein. Central defenders Sebastian Langkamp (5/0) and John-Anthony Brooks (3/0) are both injured. Offensive midfielder Roy Beerens (2/0) and right full back Peter Pekarik (3/0) are both injured, same as long term absentees offensive players Julian Schieber, Sami Allagui, Anis Ben-Hatira and Ronny who didn't play till now in the season.
Koln, on the other side, is not having much bigger ambitions than Hertha for the new season, as they also escaped from the relegation zone in last rounds played of previous season, but the team has played rather well during the pre-season matches losing only one game (against Espanyol) and winning impressively near the end of the preparation period against sides such as Stoke City and Valencia.
Their start in the season was pretty much positive with three victories, a draw and a defeat and could be said that the team played well in every game with the exception of 6:2 loss away to Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago. Most recently, they come from a narrow 1:0 victory over Gladbach last weekend with a goal from Modeste in 64th minute and currently occupy fourth position tied up with Schalke and Ingolstadt. Defender Dominic Maroh is fully git again and might start the game, while Kevin Vogt should start in central midfield again. Central defender Mergim Mavraj remains only injury for the visitors, but without playing a single minute in the new season anyway.
Koln recovered from the previous defeat with a victory at home and with the way they play in a new season, a bit more attacking than they usually did, I certainly see them getting something out this game. It should be a close encounter with both teams having their chances, but with Koln players having every chance to get a three pointer as well.