Koln vs Mainz by Gustav
Koln didn't manage to get a victory last time out away to Leverkusen, but the team still remained with decent chances of reaching that sixth position and playing Europa League qualifiers next season. With just one round to go, the team is at seventh position, having two points less than sixth placed Freiburg, however since the players of Freiburg will be playing against Bayern Munich, this seems to be a perfect chance for Koln.
They actually started the game better and looked better for like sixty minutes, even having the double lead thanks to goals from Jojic in 14th and Klunter in 49th minute, but the players of Leverkusen were very threatening in between. Hosts continued to press and reached the equalizer thanks to goals from Kiessling and Pohjanpalo in 60th and 71st minute. Even if Freiburg gets a point in Munich, in case of Koln's victory, they still remain in control since Freiburg stands with heavily negative goal difference in comparison to Koln. Anyway, it's crystal clear that this is a must win game for the home side.
Defender Pawel Olkowski (14/0) won't be playing here due muscle injury, while doubtful remain talented forward Sehrou Guirassy (6/0) and midfielder Marcel Risse (13/2).
Mainz, on other other side, manage to secure the survival for the next season, since the team comes from a very important 4:2 victory in front of own fans against Eintracht Frankfurt, side that is much more interested into their DFB Pokal finals game later this month.
However, that game didn't start that well for them, since the players from Frankfurt had the double lead thanks to goals from Hrgota and Seferovic, scoring both a bit against the flow of the game, however much more determined hosts needed only thirty minutes in order to revert the scoreline, thanks to goals from Cordoba, Bell, Muto and De Blasis. In the worse case scenario after the last round, Mainz will be tied up with either Wolfsburg, either Augsburg, but having better goal difference than these two already means that they are safe for this season, so a team might be rotated a bit here and their motivation isn't surely high anymore.
Defender Gaetan Bussmann (14/0) is out with a groin injury, while some additional rotation might be expected.
The things are looking crystal clear here. Koln needs to get a victory and in front of full stands and against not that motivated visitors I'm fully confident that they'll have won of the easiest victories in the season.