FC Koln vs St Pauli
German 2. Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 8 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion (Koln).
A real buzz is expected in and around RheinEnergieStadion on Friday evening when Koln host St. Pauli in a highly-important promotional six-pointer. Kiezkicker claimed a massive 3-2 victory over direct promotional rivals Union Berlin on Monday evening thanks to a late stoppage-time penalty-kick goal from Alexander Meier.
Bundesliga veteran is the most recent addition to St. Pauli’s squad and he made a huge impact with a brace in his only second appearance for the team on Monday. He helped St. Pauli bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss away at relegation strugglers Darmstadt. Kiezkicker thus overtook Koln in the second place of the 2. Bundesliga standings. Can they back up such a strong display from the aforementioned tie against Union Berlin and make an upset against one of the strongest teams in the division on Friday?
FC Koln vs St Pauli: Head-to-head
The hosts will rely heavily on the head to head tradition which shows their dominance over Kiezkicker.
The Billy Goats won 19, drew 6 and lost only 4 of 29 meetings with St. Pauli.
Koln head into this off the back of four consecutive victories over Kiezkicker.
Koln scored an amazing 12-goal tally in last three ties with St. Pauli (four per game).
FC Koln vs St Pauli: Prediction
The Billy Goats have a game in hand on St. Pauli who are one point above them in the second place of the ladder. They were not in action last weekend when their away fixture against Erzgebirge Aue was postponed. The Billy Goats thus featured only one official game in 2019, a 2-0 loss to Union Berlin two weeks ago.
The hosts are massive favourites according to the bookies (1.57), but it’s hard to see the value there if we know St. Pauli will come into the match in sky-high spirits after a 3-2 win over Union Berlin in the previous round.
Backing goals looks to be a much wiser option since both sides have lethal attackers in their ranks.
FC Koln vs St Pauli: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.65 (13/20).