FC Cologne plays Borussia Monchengladbach at the Rhein Energie Stadion on September 14, 2019.
FC Koln or FC Cologne was founded in 1948. They won the Bundesliga 2 during the 2018/19 season, thus earning an immediate promotion to the top flight one year after suffering relegation. This is a club which has finished as runners-up five times in the Bundesliga 1 and a squad which has captured the Bundesliga title twice in 1964 and 1978.
FC Cologne was crowned as German football champions in 1962 and they are also four-time winners of the DFB-Pokal. When it comes to the 2.Bundesliga, FC Cologne has won it four times, including the triumph last season. The team is dubbed as the Billy Goats because it has a male goat mascot named Hennes, who is named after veteran FC player and manager Hennes Weisweiler.
The Billy Goats are ranked 12th in the Bundesliga in Goal Difference at -2 goals. The club has scored a total of four goals so far this season ( 9th overall ) with two of those goals assisted ( tied for 14th overall ). On the defensive end of the floor, Cologne has conceded a total of six goals this season ( tied for 11th overall ).
Forwards Anthony Modester and Dominick Drexler have scored one goal each this season. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri has also found the back of the net early in the season. Skhiri also owns Cologne’s two assists this season. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Timo Horn has allowed six goals with seven saves on the season.
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 9/03/19
Borussia Monchengladbach was founded in 1900 and is the 5th largest football club in Germany. They joined the Bundesliga in 1965 and found plenty of their success during the 70s when they won five League championships and two UEFA Cup titles under the tutelage of Hennes Weisweiler.
Overall, they have won five League titles ( all during the 70s), three DFB Pokals and two UEFA Europa League titles. They also won the 2.Bundesliga during the 2007/08 season and captured the German Super Cup in 1977. Led by coach Marco Rose, Borussia Monchengladbach finished 5th during the previous Bundesliga season.
Borussia Monchengladbach ranks 8th in the league in Goal Difference. They have scored a total of four goals so far this season ( tied for 9th overall ) with three of those goals assisted ( tied for 11th ). On the defensive side of the field, they have conceded a total of four goals this term (9th overall).
Forwards Breel Embolo and Alassane Plea have found the back of the net once this season. Defender Stefan Lanier also has one goal scored for the Die Fohlen. Midfielder Laszlo Benes has two assists for Borussia Monchengladbach while goalie Yann Sommer has a total of seven saves on the season.
The current soccer betting odds have both these teams pegged at +160. Cologne has opened the season with a 1-0-2 record which is good for 14th in the current table. On the other hand, Borussia Monchengladbach is ranked 8th in the Bundesliga with their 1-1-1 record.
Cologne lost their opening match to VfL Wolfsburg and they also lost to Borussia Dortmund in their second match but they picked up their first win of the season during their last match against SC Freiburg. On the other hand, Borussia Monchengladbach heads to this game coming off a loss to RB Leipzig. Prior to that, they opened with a draw against Schalke and then got a victory over Mainz 05.
Head to head, Borussia Monchengladbach has won 10 out of 20 meetings between these two squads. Cologne has won five times and the teams figured in a draw five times. They have, however, split their last six matches against each other. This is a tricky pick because both teams have historically been pretty much even in the last three years. Both have also struggled to score goals this season and their defenses haven’t been elite. I expect a close match between the teams and I won’t be surprised if it ended in a draw. Prediction: Draw