Hoffenheim will be looking to end a horrid run of seven games without a win in the league. Since the action has returned, Hoffenheim have been picked apart by Hertha Berlin and failed to overcome a struggling SC Paderborn.
Since the return from lockdown, it has been a viewing pleasure for neutrals when watching FC Cologne. Both of their games have seen a two goal swing, turned on its head. Last week it was the turn of the Billy Goats to chase back the deficit put on them by Fortuna Düsseldorf. A goal in 88th and 91st minute meant that Cologne are unbeaten but still without a win since the return.
Mid table mediocrity
What was once looking like a promising European challenge for Hoffenheim, has now turned into a downfall that leaves them lost in the limbo that is the middle of the table.
Despite being just six points from sixth place Wolfsburg the form table would suggest a further downward trajectory.
Away side advantage
Contrary to the popular belief that the home side tends to gain an advantage, in the last two game weeks in the Bundesliga, only three home teams have won the game.
This doesn't bode well for Alfred Schreuder and his men as they are having a torrid time at the PreZero Arena of late. In their last 14 home matches, Hoffenheim have managed to open the scoring on only three occasions. Alongside that, they have only won one of their five home games in 2020.
Leaving it late
Due to the two late point snatching goals against Düsseldorf last week, Cologne have now scored almost a third of their goal tally in the last 15 minutes of the game.
As for playing on the road, the Billy Goats have netted in each of their last five away games.
Hoffenheim team news
Not much to report from the Hoffenheim camp, Sargis Adamyan is still out with his ankle injury. Ishak Befodil is expected back late next month following his knee surgery. As for Konstantinos Stafylidis he will still be nursing his way back from a muscle problem that he picked up a couple of weeks ago. Andrej Kramarić's knee injury has also made him a doubt for the foreseeable future.
FC Cologne team news
For the travelling side it appears as though it is only Marcel Risse in the treatment room as he nurses his way back from a persistent knee injury.