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Koln vs Darmstadt - Billy Goats to take a big step towards promotion

Koln can continue their terrific home record against Darmstadt
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Koln have been scoring goals at an impressive rate at the RheinEnergieStadion this season (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 13 Sep 2019
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Koln vs Darmstadt Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Koln can inch closer to winning the 2. Bundesliga as they host Darmstadt at the RheinEnergieStadion. The Billy Goats have been ruthless at home and their attack is predicted to overwhelm a Darmstadt side that lost 3-0 in the reverse fixture.

1. FC Köln Form & Team News


The Billy Goats are still on target for a swift return to the Bundesliga but have had their momentum halted with no wins in three matches. A 4-4 draw at MSV Duisburg was followed by a 1-1 draw against Hamburger. 

Köln’s last match was a 3-0 defeat at Dynamo Dresden despite enjoying 67% possession. Markus Anfang’s side were wasteful in front of goal and will welcome a return home where they have been ruthless this season, scoring 3+ goals in seven of their last nine home matches in the 2. Bundesliga.

Key to their success up front has been Simon Terodde with 28 goals and Jhon Córdoba with 16 goals. Attacking midfielder Dominick Drexler has added nine goals and 11 assists. Anthony Modeste is another option up front for Markus Anfang, the returning striker scoring five goals in 345 minutes and notching four goals in his last three matches against Darmstadt. 

Central midfielder Vincent Koziello could come back into the starting XI here as Anfang looks for a response. A Köln home win is paying 1.30 which can be added to accumulators but I am leaning towards the -1 and -2 handicap markets. 

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Simon Terodde has scored 28 goals for Koln in the 2 Bundesliga this season (Getty Images)

SV Darmstadt 98 Form & Team News


Darmstadt are almost safe from relegation after sustaining a decent run of form since manager Dimitrios Grammozis took charge in February. They held Bochum to a 0-0 draw at home in their last match to earn another valuable point.

Darmstadt’s Serdar Dursun and Tobias Kempe have combined for 19 goals but have scored once in their last four games. They will have to be at their best to overcome a Koln side they have never beaten and lost by 3+ goals in three of their last four encounters.

They were defeated 3-0 by Koln on home soil earlier this season and can be backed at 10.00 to get the win on Friday night. A more sensible option if you fancy the visitors would be a draw which can be backed at 6.00.

Central defender Marcel Franke is injured alongside defensive midfielder Slobodan Medojevic, but Mathias Wittek returns from injury and should slot back into the heart of defence. Darmstadt have the worst away record in the 2. Bundesliga, losing nine of their 15 matches and conceding 32 goals.

Koln vs Darmstadt Head-to-Head


Koln have a great record against Darmstadt with seven wins and two draws from nine matches. Koln have won the last four, scoring 15 goals and conceding two.

The first match this season was a 3-0 win for Koln in Darmstadt with Simon Terodde, Rafael Czichos and Jhon Córdoba scoring the goals, Louis Schaub recording two assists.

Koln vs Darmstadt Match Up


Cologne have the best attack in the 2. Bundesliga with 75 goals scored in 30 matches. At home they have racked up 45 in 15 matches at an even three a game.

Simon Terodde and Jhon Córdoba have scored 44 goals combined with the entire Darmstadt squad scoring 40. Darmstadt’s Serdar Dursun and Tobias Kempe have combined for 19 goals but have scored once in their last four games.

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Koln's Anthony Modeste has scored 4 goals in his last 3 matches against Darmstadt (Getty Images)

Koln vs Darmstadt Key Statistics


  • Koln have scored 3+ goals in 7 of their last 9 home matches (2. Bundesliga).
  • Koln have won 7 of their last 9 home matches by 2+ goals (2. Bundesliga).
  • Koln have scored 15 goals in their last 4 matches against Darmstadt (all competitions).
  • Koln have scored 45 goals in 15 home matches this season (2. Bundesliga).
  • Darmstadt have lost their last 4 matches against Koln (all competitions).
  • Darmstadt have lost 3 of their last 4 matches against Koln by 3+ goals (all competitions).
  • Darmstadt have the worst away record in the 2. Bundesliga, losing 9 of their 15 matches and conceding 32 goals.

Verdict


Koln have a great chance to bounce back, record a big home win and get closer to automatic promotion. They have an enviable attack, have averaged 3 goals scored in each home match and can continue their great record against Darmstadt.

Best Bet: Koln -1 Handicap @ 1.80 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Koln -2 Handicap @ 3.05 at bet365 - 1 Units
Correct Score Tip: Koln Win 4-1 @ 17.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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