Union Berlin vs FC Koln
Germany – 2. Bundesliga.
Date: Thursday, 31st January 2019.
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Berlin).
The Iron Ones are in the thick of the action with just a 6 point difference with the table toppers Hamburger. After a 3-0 shocker against Aue, they will need a win to get back in the title race.
There is no other team who have been prolific in defense so far in the league. The hosts have conceded only 15 goals while scoring a healthy 27 goals in return. Before the loss to Aue, they had a 6 match unbeaten run active in all competitions. More than 2.5 goals came in 4 of those 6 matches across all venues.
Also, they are one of the two teams who are yet to lose a home match. They are in a 3 match winning run at home right now. The success at home is purely based on their defensive discipline.
Koln is looking for automatic promotion into the top tier of German football in their first season in 2. Bundesliga after relegation. They are well placed for achieving that in the present scenario. After 18 matches are completed they are second in the table and is the top scoring team with 47 goals.
The Billy Goats are fresh from a 2-3 home defeat against Bochum. A 5 match win streak in the league was broken with this defeat. Their last 6 matches on the trot had more than 2.5 goals in total. Currently, they are also on a 2 match winning run away from home as well.
Union Berlin vs FC Koln: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Iron Ones have won once and lost 3 of the 5 previous h2h matches against FC Koln.
- More than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of their last 5 meetings in all competitions.
- The team from Cologne are unbeaten in the last 4 matches against Berlin across all venues.
- They have also won 2 of the 3 meetings between these two teams at the home of Berlin.
- More than 2.5 goals came in all those 3 h2h matches at Berlin.
Union Berlin vs FC Koln: Prediction
It is hard to predict an exact winner as they both are in good form this season. Koln has an advantage in terms of the h2h battles. But the hosts have never lost in front of their home fans till now. Thus we can bet on the home team to win with 2.10 odds.
This is a battle between the best attack and the best defense in the league. The visitors have netted 3 or more goals in 5 of their 7 matches on the road in recent past. Considering their talented front line we can bet on both teams scoring with 1.70 odds.
Union Berlin vs FC Koln: Betting Tips
Home team to win @ 2.10 (11/10).
Both the teams to score @ 1.70 (7/10).