This is a second home game for Koln, that could be revolutionary. With the victory in this match, they would tie 2 victories at home, which they haven’t been able to do since the 2016/17 season. In this match, they will not be able to count on Jan Thielmann (2/0) who is absent due to illness, Timo Hubers (1/0), while Uth (2/1) is doubtful. On the other hand, Bochum returned to the Bundesliga and waited 11 long years to do that. The start of the season for one rookie is solid. In the first round, they lost to Wolfsburg, while in the second they beat Mainz at home, thus showing that they can keep up with the teams that have been in the Bundesliga for a long time. As for the absence, the list is long: Asano (2/0), Gamboa (2/0), Leitsch (1/0), Tesche (1/0 suspended), Danny Blum (22/4 last season), Löwen (7/0 last season), and Weilandt (22/0 last season) are injured, while Bockhorn (2/0) is doubtful.
SInce coach Steffen Baumgart took over Koln, the team is playing much better, braver and with high pressure. Also, it is interesting that the players of Cologne run the most in the new season with an average of 120 km. The host should take advantage of the absences of the guests and grab a new victory at RheinEnergieStadion.