The action in Germany’s top flight has been on hold for quite two months thanks to the coronavirus outbreak,
but there’s a full set of fixtures this weekend, including a clash between Koln and Mainz at RheinEnergieStadion.
The Bundesliga’s suspension came at the worst the possible time for Cologne, who were during a rich vein of form before the lockdown.
They’d won four of their previous six matches and located goals very easy to return by – netting a minimum of two goals in four of these wins.
What’s more, Cologne have recorded victory in five of their last six home games – with the sole defeat therein time coming against mighty Bayern Munich.
But while the hosts enter this match comfortably mid-table,
Mainz actually need to select up all three points to assist them avoid relegation after a torrid season.
The Billy Goats are currently 10th within the Bundesliga but just five points behind Schalke,
who occupy the ultimate Europa League spot.
Koln’s chances of creating a Uefa competition for just the second time in nearly three decades were dampened by a troublesome fixture list pre-break
which saw them face (and lose to) Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach.
FC Koln vs Mainz Team News
Rafael Czichos, Niklas Hauptmann and Ismail Jakobs are all doubtful for Koln,
but Jhon Cordoba, who has scored 10 Bundesliga goals this season, is out there after a small concern and will continue at the highest end of the sector .
Sebastian Bornauw should also start, having recovered from a muscular injury,
while former Queens Park Rangers captain Toni Leistner should keep his spot in defence.
Mark Uth was on the scoresheet within the 2-1 defeat at Gladbach last outing ,
and therefore the 28-year-old should again be handed a spot within the XI alongside Dominick Drexler.
As for Mainz, Jean-Philippe Mateta will miss out through suspension,
having picked up a red card within the 1-1 draw with Dusseldorf last outing , opening the door for Adam Szalai to start out at centre-forward.
Robin Zentner is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, meanwhile,
meaning that Florian Muller is predicted to feature between the sticks.
Danny Latza and Stefan Bell might be in contention following back and ankle injuries,
and it might not be a surprise to ascertain the previous handed a spot within the starting XI.
FC Koln vs Mainz Line Up
Koln possible starting lineup:
Horn; Ehizibue, Leistner, Bornauw, Katterbach; Hector, Skhiri; Kainz, Uth, Drexler; Cordoba
Mainz possible starting lineup:
Muller; Niakhate, Bruma, Juste; Baku, Latza, Martins, Oztunali, Martin; Quaison; Szalai
FC Koln vs Mainz H2H
FC Koln: Sunday’s game sees Jhon Cordoba go up against his former side, having scored 10 goals in 51 Bundesliga games during a two-year spell at Mainz.
The Colombian has matched that record during this season alone for Koln, reaching double figures in 21 matches.
Mainz 05: Despite their low standing within the table,
Mainz are blessed by one among the highest scorers within the Bundesliga this season: Robin Quaison.
The Swedish striker has 12 goals in 24 games thus far , and is merely outscored within the Bundesliga by Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho.
What time is kick-off?
The game gets underway at 2:30pm BST.
What TV channel is Cologne vs Mainz on?
BT Sport 1 have the coverage for this one and their program begins at 4.45pm BST,
following on from the Cologne vs Mainz match immediately before.