Last week it was clear that neither team had arrived back from the forced break in their desired fashion. FC Cologne let a two goal lead slip through their fingers against Mainz. Whereas Fortuna Düsseldorf merely shared the spoils of a goalless draw with SC Paderborn.
There is no doubt that the hosts will be aiming to snatch all three points in tomorrow's fixture, in the hope it will bump them up to the top half of the table.
In the visiting changing room there will be an air of desperation to climb out of the bottom three. Depending on the results of Saturday's fixtures, a win could stand them eight points clear of Werder Bremen - albeit Werder have a game in hand on Düsseldorf.
Rosler's side frustrated in front of goal
In last week's stalemate with Paderborn, Uwe Rosler's Düsseldorf were caught misfiring. Of their ten attempts, only one shot was accurately struck at the Paderborn goal. Unbelievably, they managed to strike the woodwork on three occasions.
It goes without saying that they will need their luck to drastically change in this match up if they are to come out victorious.
Instant improvements needed
Although positives can be taken from a 2-2 draw with Mainz, Markus Gisdol will be expecting a reaction after establishing what seemed to be a comfortable two goal lead.
Cologne will be looking to tap into the home form that brought them into 2020. From December, the Billy Goats are unbeaten in six of their last seven home games - only losing to Bayern Munich.
Cologne predicted line up
Despite not showing his full worth in his last game, Jhon Cordoba should still retain his place in Cologne's side tomorrow afternoon. Alongside Mark Uth who impressed with a goal from the spot last time out.
Following on from his instant impact last week, Dominick Drexler has surely done enough to start against Düsseldorf.
Cologne predicted starting XI: Horn; Schmitz, Bornauw, Leistner, Katterbach; Shkiri, Hector; Kainz, Uth, Drexler; Cordoba.
Fortuna Düsseldorf predicted line up
From the outset Düsseldorf will be without centre half, Kaan Ayhan after he picked up his tenth yellow of the campaign.
Captain Oliver Fink may be available after he broke quarantine regulations before the game last weekend.
Fortuna Düsseldorf's predicted starting XI: Kastenmeier; Suttner, Hoffmann, Jorgensen; Bodzek, Thommy, Berisha, Stoger, Zimmermann; Hennings, Karaman.