FC Koln vs 1. FSV Mainz 05
Date: Saturday, 20th May 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne.
The Billy Goats welcome Mainz in a must-win match in order to secure UEFA Europa League appearance next season. Since Freiburg SC are visiting Allianz Arena, FC Koln will have a great shot at ending the season in the sixth place.
The 05ers haven’t yet sealed Bundesliga survival theoretically but since HSV and VfL Wolfsburg will compete for the 15th place they have nothing to worry about.
Peter Stoger’s side dropped two points at BayArena last Saturday. The Billy Goats were up 0-2, but Leverkusen’s strikers denied Koln’s victory as the match ended 2-2.
The hosts are two points from the UEFA zone as they are rallying behind SC Freiburg. A victory at RheinEnergie will probably yield in European football next season since Freiburg are facing the toughest visit in Bundesliga.
1.FSV Mainz 05
After the brilliant comeback at Opel Arena, disburdened 05ers can approach the ultimate match of the season without worrying. In 16 games on the road, FSV Mainz have only managed to earn points on three occasions (W3 D3) while they were beaten in the remaining 10 visits.
FC Koln vs Mainz 05: Head-to-head
Earlier this season the teams have settled for a 0-0 draw. The last three meetings in Cologne between the two sides have ended without a winner (0-0, 0-0, 1-1). FSV Mainz are without a competitive victory at RheinEnergie since 2003.
FC Koln vs Mainz 05: Prediction
The guests are already thinking about vacations, while the hosts have the last step to take on their journey towards Europa League. The motivation is certainly with FC Koln and Stoger certainly knows how to keep his team in check, even ahead of the last match of the season.
FC Koln vs Mainz 05: Bet tips
The first pick will be FC Koln -1 AH at the odds of 2.08.
You could also try Correct Score 2:0 at the odds of 8.