Tip Köln - Fortuna Dusseldorf
Fortuna Dusseldorf, 16th in the table, continue their fight against relegation when they travel to FC Koln, 10th in the table, this Sunday. While they are five points clear of Werder in 17th, Fortuna have played one game more than the team underneath them. Fortuna coach Uwe Rosler may have been underwhelmed to see his side play out the drabbest fixture of the Bundesliga's return last weekend, a goalless draw at home to Paderborn. It served as a reminder that no team in the top flight has scored fewer goals than Fortuna's 27, averaging out at 1.03 goals per game. Stronger at home, fans may look back at that Paderborn draw with regret as Fortuna have lost more than half (7) of their 13 away matches. They managed to inflict a 2-0 defeat upon Koln in the first half of the season but that was Koln before Markus Gisdol took over and helped them find their groove.
A side transformed under Gisdol, Koln clawed their way out of the relegation zone after his November appointment, winning eight of his 15 games in charge. It would have been nine had they defended better on their return to action against Mainz. Visiting player Pierre Kunde ran straight through Koln's defence to settle the scores at 2-2. Fortuna rarely produce pieces of individual magic like that, so if Koln get their defence organised and alert, they should be able to get a win. They have scored at least one goal in their last 10 home matches. We see the home side scoring early and securing a comfortable victory.
Key points Köln - Fortuna Dusseldorf
Koln have scored at least one goal in their last ten home Bundesliga matches.
No Bundesliga team has scored fewer goals than Fortuna Dusseldorf (27).
Fortuna Dusseldorf beat Koln 2-0 when they met in Dusseldorf earlier in the campaign.
Conclusion Köln - Fortuna Dusseldorf
After throwing away a two-goal last week, we expect Koln to come roaring out of the blocks. Only 33% of the goals they have conceded at home have been in the first half. Therefore, we see them carrying a lead into the half-time break and holding Fortuna at bay to get the win. Back the home side to win both halves.
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Köln Fortuna Dusseldorf Prediction published on May 22, 2020