SC Freiburg meets Cologne at the Schwarzwald Stadium on August 31, 2019, in Bundesliga 1 action.
SC Freiburg was founded in 1904 and have played in the Bundesliga 1 since being promoted as the Bundesliga 2 champions in 2016. They have moved back and forth the first and second divisions of German football system hence the club’s fans chant: “We go down, we go up, we go into the UEFA Cup”.
The club has won the Bundesliga 2 title a total of four times, the Oberliga Baden-Wurttemberg in 1998, Amateurliga Sudbaden three times and the Verbandsliga Subadaen in 1998. They also won the South Baden Cup in 1975, 1978 and 2991 while finishing as runners-up in 2005. They have never won the Bundesliga 1 and their best finish was 3rd in 1995. Last season, SC Freiburg finished 13th in the Bundesliga 1 final table.
Nils Petersen led Freiburg with 10 goals last season. The 30-year old German has scored at least 10 goals in each of his first three Bundesliga seasons with Freiburg, including a career-best 15 during the 2017/18 season. In three shots at goal this season, Petersen has scored one goal and also has one assist in just two matches played.
Jonathan Schmid and Luca Itter are among the new faces on the team after the transfer business. Look out for these two full-backs to be a key part of Christian Streich’s attack as he is known to get the most out of his sides while taking attacking football to the heart of the opponent’s defense.
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 8/27/19
FC Koln of FC Cologne was formed in 1948 and were the winners of Bundesliga 2 during the 2018/19 season, thus earning an immediate return to the top flight one year after suffering relegation. This is a team which has finished as runner-up five times in the Bundesliga 1 and a squad which has won the Bundesliga title twice in 1964 and 1978.
They were crowned as German football champions in 1962 and are also four-time winners of the DFB-Pokal. When it comes to the 2.Bundesliga, Cologne has won it also four times, including last season. The team is dubbed as the Billy Goats about its male goat mascot Hennes, who is named after veteran FC player and manager Hennes Weisweiler.
The man to watch will still be Simon Terodde who found the back of the net 29 times in the 2.Bundesliga last season. Terrode scored 5 Bundesliga 1 goals during the 2017/18 season. Colombia’s Jhon Cordoba also netted 20 for the Billy Goats. Cordoba played in 29 matches for Mainz 05 in 2016/17 and scored 5 Bundesliga 1 goals.
The Billy Goats have added attacking full-back Kingsley Ehizibue, midfielders Ellyes Skhiri and Birger Verstraete plus defender Sebastian Bornauw to their fold but all four new players must adjust to German football right away if they are to make a difference for Cologne this season.
SC Freiburg is the soccer betting favorites here. They enter this match having won five out of their last six matches across all competition. On the other hand, Cologne has dropped four out of its last six matches across all competitions. Head to head, SC Freiburg has won 14 out of their 25 head to head matches with the two teams ending up in a draw five times.
Cologne is coming off a successful 2. Bundesliga campaign where they won the title. But after earning a promotion, they have found the transition to the top flight quite difficult. Cologne lost its first two matches of the season, scoring just a total of two goals while conceding a total of five.
SC Freiburg has won its first two matches of the Bundesliga season, defeating Mainz 3-0 and SC Paderborn 3-1. They are playing good football right now and should be able to take care of business against their struggling opponents. Look for SC Freiburg to win here. Prediction: Freiburg