1.FC Cologne vs. Mainz 05
Another duel in a direct fight for battle, with the proviso that Cologne and Mainz are in the relegation zone with a significant difference. Mainz is still in the place that leads in the playoffs for survival, and even more importantly, they have six points more than Cologne, which is on the penultimate place. As for Cologne, they can even be happy that they are able to fight for survival, because they have spent most of the season as the last to be on the table. Mainz is playing worse and worse as the season is nearing its end and now there are five rounds without a triumph, but they defeated Cologne with 1-0 in the first part of the season. Begins: 07.04.2018. – 15:30 CET
Despite the fact that they were severely injured by Hoffenheim in the last round, nothing is lost for the team of Cologne and they have six points less than the relegation zone six rounds before the end of the championship, which is definitely not unattainable backlog, especially when it is known that the “Billy Goats” were already written off after spending almost the entire championship in the last place. They have mastered Bayer Leverkusen two rounds ago in front of their supporters with 2-0, and they were not penultimate after that, even though the position above does not mean anything.
It is logical that coach Ruthenbeck after the victory against Bayer did not want to change anything for Hoffenheim, but the same team experienced a debacle with 6-0. Of course that after such a defeat means changes in the team and it is very important that Sorensen returns in midfield, while Terodde will be the refreshment in the attack.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Sorensen, J.Mere, Heintz – Hoger, Koziello – Risse, J.Hector – Osako, Bittencourt – Terodde
Mainz continues to fall and they only occasionally play some good match, but it will not be enough to survive. They must now even think about the fact that they can fall directly, and a lot depends on this game. After the unexpected guest triumph in Berlin over Hertha, there was a new negative series of five games without a win, of which three draws and two defeats. Only in the first draw with Wolfsburg, they managed to score a goal and then a series of four games without any goals scored. Their draw in Hamburg was solid, and then they lost to Schalke and with a fairly respectable 3-0 in Frankfurt.
In the last round, there was a new draw without goals, this time against Borussia M'gladbach in their field. Goalkeeper Adler who returned after the injury saved them from defeat, while coach Schwarz made a series of changes to the team after the defeat by Eintracht. They did not play much better, and now Balogun should be back in the last line instead of Hack, since Diallo is not able to perform, who is certainly missing.
Probable lineups Mainz 05: Adler – Donati, Balogun, Bell, Brosinski – Gbamin – S.Serdar, Latza – Oztunali, De Blasis – Berggreen
One of the last opportunities for Cologne is to fully return to the struggle for survival and we believe that they will give their best, especially since their rival is the team which is above them on the table. Mainz practically excludes the hosts from the race with a victory, however, they are playing very badly at home and therefore we believe that Cologne will celebrate in this match.