Bochum vs Koln
Germany – 2. Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 4 August 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Vonovia Ruhrstadion, Bochum.
Koln returned to the second tier of the German football after four years, following the rock-bottom place finish in the previous term of Bundesliga. They are hoping it will be only a one-year loan in the second class, but they’ll have a mountain to climb in order to fight their way to the immediate return to the top flight. The first of 34 steps will be the clash at Vonovia Ruhrstadion where the Billy Goats are to take on Bochum in the first round of the new season.
Die Unabsteigbaren ended the previous term in the top half of the standings, but they were not a genuine promotional contender, finishing eight points behind the play-offs spot. Bochum enter the new season with high ambitions, hoping to challenge the promotion under the experienced manager in the like of Robin Dutt. They had a decent success in pre-season friendlies beating Stoke City and drawing to Monaco, but the final test saw them lose 1-0 to Championship side Millwall last Saturday.
Bochum vs Koln: Head-to-head
Koln were much more successful over the course of history.
The Billy Goats won 38, drew 13 and lost only 14 of 67 meetings with Bochum.
Their previous official H2H clash took place in 2014 when Koln last played in the second class of the German football.
They’ve met each other three times since in friendlies, two won by Bochum and one by Koln.
Bochum vs Koln: Prediction
Dutt can generally be satisfied with how his team looked in the preparations period, but Die Unabsteigbaren just failed to create anything in the final third in last check against Millwall at The Den. They’ll be up against a strong opposition in the likes of Koln in the opening Matchday and we’d not be surprised to see them struggle to find goals on the occasion.
The visitors were very tough to break down in most recent friendly outings. They conceded just one goal in last three games, including the 1-1 draw to Watford and a 0-1 victory over Werder Bremen. We generally expect a tight affair to be decided by one or none goals, meaning the Under 2.5 goals FT is our top betting suggestion, paid at the 1.75 odds. You can alternatively have Koln not to lose at 1.44.
Bochum vs Koln: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75
Koln or Draw Double Chance @ 1.44.