Koln vs Schalke
German DFB Pokal
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion (Koln).
Koln will seek revenge for the last year DFB Pokal elimination to Schalke. The two teams are about to take on each other for a place in the last 16 round of the competition on Wednesday afternoon at RheinEnergieStadion.
The hosts opened the new season in a tremendous manner announcing an immediate return to the top flight football. However, their form has seen a huge downfall of late and they will head into this off the back of three straight league games without a victory. The Billy Goats are still at the very top of the 2. Bundesliga standings thanks to the superb start to the campaign, but Markus Anfang will be desperate to see his men returning on the winning ways as soon as possible.
Koln vs Schalke: Head-to-head
It’s interesting to note that Koln have a positive head to head record in matches with Schalke.
The Billy Goats won 37, drew 21 and lost 27 of 85 matches with Die Konigsblauen.
Koln were particularly dominant in the history of games at RheinEnergieStadion where they won 27 and lost just 9 of 43 ties against Die Konigsblauen.
The two teams shared spoils in last three league matches, each of which saw goals scored at both ends.
Koln vs Schalke: Prediction
Simon Terrode bagged as many as four goals in Koln’s 1-9 thumping of Regionalliga outfit BFC Dynamo in the opening round. He is also team’s top scorer in 2. Bundesliga and there are no doubts the German forward will be the man to watch after here.
Nevertheless, we doubt this clash will offer a goal fest given Schalke’s most recent results. The visitors struggled badly to find the back of the net of late and they head into this after three consecutive matches without a single goal scored.
Given Koln also drew 1-1 in subsequent outings against Holstein Kiel and Heidenheim, we recognize the value in backing the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at the odds of 1.85. Braver tipsters can shoot for the draw at the odds of 3.30.
Koln vs Schalke: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.85 (17/20)
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10).