VfL Bochum vs. FC Koln Preview

VfL Bochum vs. FC Koln – Preview, Prediction, Team news, Lineups

As VfL Bochum aims for back-to-back victories, they face FC Koln in a pivotal Bundesliga matchup on Saturday evening.

Match Preview:

Bochum secured their first win this season with a 2-1 triumph against SV Darmstadt 98, propelling them out of the relegation zone.

The victory, albeit hard-fought, marked a significant leap in the standings. Thomas Letsch’s side now eyes another crucial win, especially after breaking a nine-game winless streak.

Koln, on the contrary, faces a challenging season, currently positioned at the bottom of the table.

Despite an encouraging draw against Augsburg, Koln has struggled, winning only once in the Bundesliga.

A recent 6-0 loss to RB Leipzig adds to their woes, making every point vital in their quest for survival.

Team Form:

VfL Bochum Bundesliga Form: L, L, D, L, D, W

FC Koln Bundesliga Form: L, L, L, W, L, D

FC Koln All Competitions Form: L, L, W, L, L, D

Team News:

Bochum faces an injury-ridden lineup with players like Bero, Esser, Tolba, Mousset, Osei-Tutu, Ordets, Antwi-Adjei, and Romling expected to miss the game.

Letsch must decide between Soares and Broschinski, considering a tactical shift or maintaining the attacking setup.

Koln grapples with injury concerns, sidelining Pentke and Christensen.

Downs and Ljubicic are doubtful. The return of Paqarada at left-back could bring defensive balance, while Selke eyes a starting role to bolster the attacking front.

Possible Starting Lineups:

VfL Bochum:

  • Riemann;
  • Masovic, Schlotterbeck, Bernardo;
  • Gamboa, Losilla, Stoger, Osterhage, Soares;
  • Asano, Hofmann

FC Koln:

  • Schwabe;
  • Carstensen, Hubers, Chabot, Paqarada;
  • Martel, Kainz;
  • Maina, Uth, Waldschmidt;
  • Selke

Prediction: VfL Bochum 1-1 FC Koln

Expect a closely contested match at Vonovia Ruhrstadion, as both teams seek vital points for survival. Bochum’s resilience meets Koln’s determination, likely resulting in a hard-fought draw in this potential relegation six-pointer.

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