Mainz vs Koln by Gustav
Mainz had actually a pretty fine game in the previous Bundesliga round when they visited Gladbach and stood undefeated in a 1:1 result. They looked better during the match, especially in the first halftime and deservedly took the lead in 19th minute via Diallo, probably deserving to net one more goal at least.
Hosts improved in the second halftime and leveled up the result for the final 1:1 in 67th minute via Vestergaard, while the overall impression is that the players of Mainz looked way better overall looking at both halftimes. It was second consecutive draw for them, as the side previously took a point at home against in-form Frankfurt, being now at thirteenth position with four points more than play-out placed Freiburg.
Mainz should be set playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Muto as central striker, plus Blasis, Maxim and Oztunali as offensive midfielders. Goalkeeper Rene Adler (9/0) is injured, same as central defender Niko Bungert who didn't perform till now. Doubtful with some chances to play are offensive players Emil Berggreen (no performance so far) and offensive midfielder Karim Onisiwo (2/0).
Koln, on the other side, is really playing disappointing football so far, as the side has only two points earned in Bundeliga staying at the rock bottom position after elven rounds and with just four goals scored for now.
They are already eight points behind safely placed Hamburg and are in a must win situation game to game as the side needs to improve as soon as possible and revert their psychology to a positive side. In the most recent game, they stood defeated with a 0:3 result at home against Hoffenheim, once again easily being outplayed against far more concrete opponent that deserved a three pointer with two goals from Wagner and Geiger.
Guests should continue in their 4-4-2 formation with Guirassy and Osako as forwards most likely. Central defender Dominique Heintz (11/1) is injured, as well as left back Jonas Hector (3/0), midfielder Marco Hoger (5/0) and right midfielder Marcel Risse (4/0). Midfielders Leonardo Bittencourt and Christian Clemens are both doubtful.
- FC Cologne have lost 9 of their last 11 matches (Bundesliga).
Mainz is not far above the relegation battle, but the side looked more than decently well in their recent matches. The team is having just one defeat in last six matches and remain very quality side in front of own fans. Koln are simply way too ineffective in attack and the value remains with Mainz here, at least in my eyes.