FC Koln vs. RB Leipzig: Bundesliga – Match Preview

RB Leipzig need a victory away at FC Koln on Monday evening if they are to keep their slim title hopes alive.

Sebastiaan Bornauw was sent off early on in mid-week and that cost Koln dearly in a 3-1 defeat at Hoffenheim.

Christoph Baumgartner scored twice in the victory, leaving Koln in the middle of the Bundesliga.

A late Krzysztof Piatek penalty earned Hertha Berlin a point away at RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening.

Patrik Schick’s second half goal looked to have secured Leipzig all three points; however the result leaves them nine points adrift of top spot.

Bundesliga form: FC Koln W1 D2 L2; RB Leipzig W1 D4 L0
Bundesliga top scorers
FC Koln – Jhon Cordoba 11 goals
RB Leipzig – Timo Werner 24 goals

Team news
Bornauw’s red card in mid-week means he is suspended here, with Jorge Meré or Rafael Czichos set to come into the team.

Ismail Jakobs is over his bout of Coronavirus and is in contention for the squad.

Kevin Kampl could return for RB Leipzig having missed the mid-week fixture, whilst Marcel Halstenberg is suspended.

Dayot Upamecano will return to the XI having served a ban of his own, whilst Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu is a doubt.

Expected starting XI’s
FC Koln (4-2-3-1): Horn; Ehizibue, Leistner, Mere, Schmitz; Skhiri, Hector; Drexler, Uth, Jakobs; Cordoba
RB Leipzig (4-4-2): Gulasci; Laimer, Klostermann, Upamecano, Angelino; Nkunku, Kampl, Sabitzer, Olmo; Werner, Schick

Predictions

Result: RB Leipzig (11/20 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 1-2 (15/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Timo Werner (7/10 with 888 Sport)

Odds correct at time of article (30/05), they are subject to change

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