Preview - Stuttgart vs Cologne 14 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 13, 2017, 03:43 PM

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Stuttgart vs Cologne
With just one point banked in and two goals to their name, bottom side Cologne will be hunting for their first win of the campaign away to Stuttgart. The Billy Goats, though, won't have Jhon Cordoba to lead their attack.

The Colombian suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig and this has opened up the chance for new signing, the venerable Claudio Pizarro. The Peruvian is the highest scoring non-German in Bundesliga history, and Cologne will be hoping that he can bring some much-valued expertise to the attack-line.

Stuttgart are on a three-game winless run, but they are a tough nut to crack at home, having yet to concede a goal, let alone lose on home turf this season. They are at full strength save for defender Holger Badstuber, who missed training last week.


Match Stats:

  • Stuttgart 2-1 Cologne
  • Shots: 18-13
  • Possession: 50%-50%
  • Corner kicks: 5-4

The teams were evenly-matched in the first half, with the visitors looking refreshed following the international break and evidently keen on earning their first win of the 2017/18 campaign. However, although Cologne led in terms of number of shots taken, it was the hosts who took the lead when Anastasios Donis latched onto a through-ball, held off Frederik Sörensen's challenge and slotted home.

Stuttgart appeared to be in a comfortable position after the break, but Dominique Heintz's Arjen Robben-esque stunner - a curling left-footed strike into the top corner from the edge of the box - pulled Cologne level. The match appeared to heading for a draw when Cologne were awarded a penalty in the last minute, only for the referee to overturn his decision after consulting Video Assistant. Worse was to come for the visitors, as Stuttgart broke forward and Chadrac Akolo danced into the box before poking a deflected shot home to give VfB a third home win in four this season.

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