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Jan 31, 2021 at 2.30pm UK at RheinEnergieStadion
FC KolnFC Koln
3-1
Arminia BielefeldArminia Bielefeld
Wolf (10', 28'), Rexhbecaj (63')
Jakobs (42'), Duda (54')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Cordova (73')
Soukou (65')

Preview: FC Koln vs. Arminia Bielefeld - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Bundesliga clash between FC Koln and Arminia Bielefeld, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

FC Koln entertain Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga on Sunday, with the hosts able to move out of the bottom three ahead of their forthcoming opponents in the table with a victory.

Both sides come into this match off the back of heavy defeats last weekend.


Match preview

FC Koln players celebrate scoring against Union Berlin on November 22, 2020© Reuters

After a hugely significant last-minute winner against struggling Schalke 04, Koln headed to Hoffenheim with plenty of confidence of gaining another positive result against a side in the bottom half.

However, Hoffenheim's position in the league table proved to be a false one in terms of their performance on the day, with Sebastian Hoeness's side running out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Christoph Baumgartner's instinctive close range finish was sandwiched by two Andrej Kramaric penalties either side of half time, with Anthony Modeste squandering a golden opportunity to open his account for the season against his former club from the spot himself.

Markus Gisdol will have dusted his players down, though, before imploring them to beat Arminia Bielefeld and move out of the bottom three as a result.

Arminia Bielefeld manager Uwe Neuhaus pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Gisdol and his players will hope Arminia's defence are as accommodating as they were throughout Saturday's 5-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In fairness, Frankfurt are the form side in the Bundesliga at the moment, with few sides being able to cope with attacking quality of the likes of Andre Silva and Luka Jovic in their current form.

The nature of the goals would have been a huge disappointment to Uwe Neuhaus, though, particularly the opener, which is often the most important goal in a football match. An attempted Arminia clearance comically clattered off the back of a nearby teammate, landing perfectly at Silva's feet for him to extend his tally for the season.

Frankfurt never looked back from there, with Silva, Filip Kostic, Jovic and a Joakim Nilsson own goal capping a disastrous afternoon for Arminia despite Sergio Cordova having provided a glimmer of hope before half time. They must play much better in order to avoid dropping back into the bottom three on Sunday.

FC Koln Bundesliga form: DLLDWL
FC Koln form (all competitions): WLLDWL

Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga form: WLWDWL


Team News

Arminia Bielefeld's Manuel Prietl celebrates their first goal against Bayern Munich in October 2020© Reuters

With goals hard to come by for Koln this season, their fans and Gisdol alike will have been delighted by the signing of forward Emmanuel Dennis from Club Brugge in recent days.

It remains to be seen whether Gisdol throws him in for such a huge match against Arminia, but Rafael Czichos, Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz are ruled out due to injury.

Arminia are likely to travel without Andreas Voglsammer and Noel Niemann due to injury.

Manuel Prietl could return to the starting XI, though, after seemingly recovering from a muscular issue.

FC Koln possible starting lineup:
T. Horn; Wolf, Cestic, Bornauw, Mere, J. Horn; Duda, Skhiri, Hector, Drexler; Dennis

Arminia Bielefeld possible starting lineup:
Ortega; Brunner, Nilsson, Pieper, Laursen; Prietl, Kunze, Hartel; Doan, Klos, Cordova


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We say: FC Koln 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld

Arminia actually arrive in Cologne in better form than their opponents, but we can envisage the hosts gaining a crucial victory to lift themselves out of the bottom three.

The arrival of Dennis in attack should provide Koln with the quality outlet they have been missing in recent weeks.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern29215383384568
2RB Leipzig29187452232961
3Wolfsburg29159551292254
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt291411459441553
5Borussia DortmundDortmund291541062422049
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen29138848321647
7Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach29111085243943
8Union BerlinUnion Berlin29101364435943
9Freiburg29117114442240
10Stuttgart29109105146539
11Augsburg2996142942-1333
12Hoffenheim2988134147-632
13Werder Bremen2979133347-1430
14Mainz 052877143048-1828
15Arminia Bielefeld2976162246-2427
16Hertha Berlin2868143448-1426
17FC Koln2958162753-2623
18Schalke 04Schalke2927201875-5713

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