Koln is coming to this clash after a pretty disappointing defeat last Friday on the road to Hoffenheim, as they were completely outplayed with a 5:0 result.
They simply appeared too uncreative with the ball, leaving the hosts to flourish, conceding one in the first, and as many as four in the second, not being in a position to score at least a comforting one in this clash.
Koln is positioned at the 9th spot on the table, one point in deficit compared to the Conference League-placed Mainz.
The home side should miss defender Hector (7/0), midfielders Ljubicic (7/0) and Skhiri (7/3) this time. Defender Horn misses out since the start of the season.
Leverkusen made a decent appearance in their last European clash away against Betis when they deservedly took a point in a 1:1 stalemate.
Overly looking, it was an evenly balanced clash, and the outcome is fair for both sides.
As for Bundesliga, Leverkusen is at 3rd place in the rankings, being completely outplayed in their last home fixture against Bayern, as they lost the match with a convincing 1:5 result.
Right-back Fosu-Mensah is a long-term absentee without playing this season, while the guests also miss midfielders Aranguiz (6/0) and Baumgartlinger (2/0).
Koln vs Leverkusen H2H
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Great potential for goals
Both teams are coming to this clash after pretty demoralizing defeats in their last Bundesliga appearances, and will definitely do their best to bounce back and take all three.
Generally speaking, Leverkusen is quite an effective squad this season, but they are probably facing signs of fatigue, and here I see a chance for the hosts to be dangerous and spice this clash as much as possible, leaving us with a decent value if opting for a high number of goals from both sides.