Preview - Cologne vs Borussia M'gladbach 14 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 14, 2018, 04:25 PM

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Cologne vs Borussia M'gladbach

The Rheinderby will be on show as rock-bottom Cologne entertain fierce local rivals Borussia M'gladbach.

The winter break has given Cologne, some nine points adrift at the bottom, some reprieve. First-team regulars Jonas Hector, Simon Terodde, Christian Clemens and Yuya Osako have been passed fit.

That's not quite the case for Gladbach, who are still plagued with a number of injury woes in the form of Fabian Johnson and Ibrahima Traore. Their attacking axis of Raffael and Thorgan Hazard, though, will take to the field.

Borussia have celebrated more than twice as many Rhine derby wins (48) than Cologne (23).

Prediction: Cologne 1-2 Borussia M'gladbach


Match Stats:

  • Cologne 2-1 Borussia M'gladbach
  • Shots: 9-13
  • Possession: 44%-56%
  • Corner kicks: 3-3

Gladbach began the day in sixth, with 22 more points than their basement-dwelling Rhine neighbours, and started on the front foot at the RheinEnergieStadion, nearly making their dominance tell with a low Lars Stindl drive that was stopped by Timo Horn. Christoph Kramer then had a gilt-edged chance for the Foals but could only find the outside side-netting when Oscar Wendt's corner reached him unmarked at the back post. Cologne took advantage of their opponents' profligacy just past the half-hour, though, with Sörensen fending off his Danish international teammate Jannik Vestergaard to poke home Milos Jojic's free-kick. Patrick Herrmann volleyed across the face of the Cologne goal with the final act of the half and Stefan Ruthenbeck's men carried a 1-0 lead into the interval.

Ruthenbeck's opposite number Dieter Hecking threw Raffael into the fray for the second half in place of Vincenzo Grifo, and the change in Gladbach's shape proved to be Cologne's undoing. Thorgan Hazard should have had his seventh goal of the season, with his header sailing narrowly wide of an open goal, but Raffael made no mistake minutes later, firing an initial attempt off Hector's head before lashing home on the rebound. Both teams could have snatched all three points in the final minutes, with Jonas Hofmann blazing a pair of chances narrowly wide for Gladbach, but Cologne had the final say, with Terodde heading home in injury time for a 2-1 win.

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