RB Leipzig, currently in third place in the Bundesliga, travel to face FC Cologne on Monday night, with both teams struggling to find any kind of consistency at the moment. The Red Bulls could yet catch Dortmund and finish in second place. Cologne will be looking to finish the season respectably as they languish in mid-table. Read on to find out where the best betting value can be found in this Bundesliga clash!
Markus Gisdol’s Cologne team have not won in their last four Bundesliga games. Since the league resumed, they have recorded two 2-2 draws – at home to Mainz and Fortuna Dusseldorf – and one defeat. That defeat came away at Hoffenheim in midweek, where they lost 3-1. Despite their struggles when it comes to winning games, Gisdol’s men are hard to beat, especially at home. They also score goals, with both teams having scored in their last five league games. If you think that both teams will score on Monday evening, Betway are offering a price of 1.50.
Julian Nagelsmann’s Red Bulls will have been annoyed that they missed a chance to go second in the table earlier this week. They had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin after leading 2-1. The sending-off of Marcel Halstenberg did not help matters, nor did the penalty conceded by Ademola Lookman. Leipzig are unbeaten in their last nine Bundesliga games, but six of those have been draws. The Red Bulls seem to have a problem finishing the opposition off at the moment, and that gives Cologne some hope.
Leipzig are the clear favourites on paper for this game, but they are sure to find the going touch away in Cologne. The home side are not an easy team to beat, and often seem to be their own worst enemy this season. For their part, the Red Bulls lack a killer instinct and settle for a point too often – something that really dented any hopes they might have had for becoming champions this season. The Red Bulls have won three of the last five meetings between the sides, with Cologne winning one and there having been one draw.
In the reverse fixture earlier this season, it was Leipzig who ran out as convincing winners. They won the game at the Red Bull Arena 4-1, with Timo Werner opening the scoring. Emil Forsberg scored two, one from the penalty spot, and Konrad Laimer was the other RB scorer. Rafael Czichos scored Cologne’s solitary goal.
As we mentioned above, Leipzig have a tendency to draw games at the moment. If you think the game will end in a draw then Betway have the price on the 1X2 market as 4.75. If you suspect that the game will end in a score draw, which looks likely given Cologne’s tendency to both score and concede goals, then the odds are 5.00. There have been no draws in the teams’ last five meetings, however, though there have been plenty of goals.
Leipzig striker Timo Werner is a player to keep an eye on. He is the Bundesliga’s current second top scorer behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandwoski, with 24 league goals to his name this season. Many of Europe’s top clubs are believed to be keeping tabs on the 24-year-old German international, including Liverpool and Chelsea of the Premier League. Betway have him priced at 1.61 to score at any time on Monday evening. For Cologne, the danger man up front is Jhon Cordoba. The Colombian has hit 11 league goals so far in 2019/20. Christopher Nkunku is another key man for Cologne – he currently sits in third place in the Bundesliga assist charts with 13.
Our prediction for this game is that it will end in a low-scoring draw, with us suspecting that 1-1 may well be the likeliest outcome. Betway are offering odds of 9.00 on the game ending 1-1, which looks a pretty good bet to us. Neither side is showing much ability to be able to win games right now, and neither really has that much left to play for this season beyond professional pride, so that makes a draw likely in our view. Both teams have been in decent goal scoring form in recent games, so clean sheets are unlikely.