Koln managed to escape a direct relegation during their last clash of the regular part of the season at home against Schalke when they took a close 1:0 victory and will do their best to survive in a two-leg match against Holstein Kiel.
Overly looking, they were a better squad during the whole encounter, but they only managed to score late in the 86th minute over Bornauw who planted a header, deserving an even higher margin victory, while Schalke appeared in their similar manner, not being dangerous at all, not surprisingly.
The hosts should keep missing midfielder Rexhbecaj (30/5) and forward Dennis (9/0) due to knocks.
Holstein Kiel failed to grab a direct promotion, as they ended up in 3rd place in 2. Bundesliga, not being too concrete in their last two matches when they come with surprising defeats.
Last Sunday, they welcomed Darmstadt, and even though opened the match in a better way and took the lead in the 18th minute, the hosts completely lost the momentum in the continuation, allowing the guests to be effective three times, while they alone only managed to score one more time in the late phase of the encounter.
The guests will miss injured central defender Thesker (13/0) and midfielder Arslan (15/2). Goalkeeper Gelios (24/0) is tested positive and shouldn’t play either.
Koln vs Holstein Kiel H2H
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Too much at stake to gamble
As mentioned, this is a two-leg match, with two sides currently in a battle for their place among the elite. Certainly, the hosts have a huge advantage, as the shire quality of the leagues can not be compared, and if consider the fact that Holstein Kiel is coming to this clash after two setbacks, their sudden improvement now doesn’t seem that likely, at least in my opinion.