Fortuna Düsseldorf's pursuit of security in the Bundesliga takes her to FC Cologne on Sunday evening.
Uwe Rosler's team is currently in the relegation play-off. They missed four points behind the 15th place in Mainz, which they would have considered a good opportunity to close the gap. Fortuna faced the Basement Club Paderborn last weekend, but was frustrated with the goalless draw and met the woodwork three times (more than any other team in game week 26).
If they had won, Fortuna would have been just one point behind Mainz, who defended themselves 2-0 to draw against Cologne, their opponent on Sunday. The Billy Goats didn't have the biggest Bundesliga season in total, but caught fire in mid-December and won eight out of ten games by March.
However, after losing their lead last weekend, they are unlikely to disrupt European qualifying places. Cologne and Wolfsburg are now six points behind last place in the Europa League. Given the shape of the players above, this could be too much to recover with just eight games left, even if you win this weekend.
Where can you see Cologne against Fortuna Düsseldorf on TV:
- UNITED KINGDOM: BT Sport 1
- US: Fox Sports 1
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The most recent lineups from Cologne & Fortuna Düsseldorf:
- Cologne (against Mainz): Horn; Schmitz, Leistner, Bornauw, Katterbach; Hector, Skhiri; Thielmann, Uth, Kainz; Cordoba.
- Fortuna Düsseldorf (against Paderborn): Kastenmeier; Hoffmann, Ayhan *, Gießelmann; Zimmermann, Stoger, Sobottka, Suttner; Berisha, mom; Karaman.
Kaan Ayhan is suspended after getting his fifth yellow card of the season last time and could be replaced by Mathias Jorgensen in the past three.
To see players:
- Cologne: Mark Uth experienced a tough first half of the season at the Schalke mother club and was unable to score or produce in eight games for the Royal Blues. But after a loan move to Cologne in January, the Uth burns. In all eight appearances for Cologne, he was directly involved in a goal (total 5) or a template (4). In the last game against Mainz, Uth opened the goal from the penalty spot and only Erling Haaland (12), Jadon Sancho (11) and Kai Havertz (10) were directly involved in more Bundesliga leagues in 2020 than the nine Germans.
- Fortuna Dusseldorf: Since Ayhan is suspended due to a ban, Huddersfield Town is the former central defender Mathias Jorgensen can make an appearance for the English football fans. He is better known under the nickname Zanka, who stood on the back of his shirt. It was given to him by a former youth coach named Johan Lange and refers to Sanka, a character from the 1993 film "Cool Runnings" about a Jamaican bobsleigh team. How or why is unclear, but according to "Zanka" "it has just prevailed". However, he spent two seasons in England with Huddersfield while they were in the Premier League, and went to Fenerbahce after the Terrier relegation last summer. Zanka's time in Turkey was short-lived, however. He only spent the first half of the 2019/20 campaign in Fenerbahce before being loaned to Fortuna in January. He has only started once for Fortuna since moving to Germany, a 1-4 loss to Wolfsburg, but the Danish central defender could be at the heart of the club's struggle for survival.
Scoreline forecast: Cologne 1-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Table of the Bundesliga 2019/20 and current form:
- Cologne: D.L.WWW
- Fortuna Düsseldorf: DDDW.L.
1.Bavaria Munich (58)
2. Borussia Dortmund (54)
3. Gladbach (52)
4.RB Leipzig (51)
The defending champions increase their lead at the top of the table to four points. pic.twitter.com/AE5dZRxl82
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