Koln vs Red Star Belgrade
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 28th September 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion (Cologne).
Despite taking an early lead, Koln were well beaten by an inspired second half performance from Arsenal. Sitting at the bottom of the table, the team cannot afford another slip when they welcome Red Star Belgrade for matchday 2.
Koln’s form this season has been extremely poor and they are win-less in their last 7 competitive games. The team was on a 6 match losing streak before the goal-less draw against Hannover on the weekend. Besides, Koln lost both their home fixtures this season to moderate teams like Frankfurt and Hamburg.
Red Star made a decent start to their campaign by earning a 1-1 draw in the tricky home fixture against dangerous BATE Borisov. The team has an excellent record to go with as they were beaten just once in 19 matches in all competitions this season. Away form is also topnotch with the team coming with three wins on the bounce with clean sheets.
Koln vs Red Star Belgrade: Head-to-head
Wednesday’s Europa League fixture will be the third meeting between the two teams. Their previous meeting can be dated back to the 1989 UEFA Cup, with the teams winning their respective home matches – Koln 3-0 and Red Star 2-0.
Koln are unbeaten at home in the meetings with Serbian with 2 wins out of 2 matches.
Meantime, Red Star have a poor record in Germany with their previous 13 visits resulting in 3 wins and 10 losses.
Koln vs Red Star Belgrade: Prediction
Red Star are the team in form here, while Koln are finding it hard to pick point all around. Therefore, I wouldn’t surprise if Koln fail to get into the score-sheet here. Therefore, away win is the way to go for this fixture.
Koln vs Red Star Belgrade: Bet Tips
FT – Red Star to win for 5.10 odds with 888sport.
A potential banker for this fixture is ‘Home Team Not to Score in Both Halves’ for 1.36 odds with 888sport.