FC Köln vs RB Leipzig Prediction: Bundesliga Match on 18.09.2021
It has been an underwhelming start to the season for RB Leipzig under new manager Jesse Marsch. They will need to bounce back from a big defeat in midweek on the road against FC Köln in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Life at RB Leipzig hasn’t been plain sailing under the new regime to this point, and that can be easily seen from the Leipzig performances in their last two games. Since the international break has ended, they have conceded ten goals in the two goals that they have played. Six of those came in their matchday one fixture in the Champions League against Manchester City, as they looked defensively vulnerable every time that the Premier League champions came forward. Leipzig were also heavily beaten in their last league game, as Bayern Munich beat them 4-1 at the Red Bull Arena. Something certainly needs to change in the backline, as the Leipzig could lose for a fourth straight game in all competitions this weekend against FC Köln.
FC Köln have enjoyed a fairly decent start to the new season, as they have put their relegation issues from last season firmly behind them. They come into this fixture ahead of Leipzig in the table, having won two of the four games that they have played in Germany’s top-flight this season. They have been much harder to beat this term, and that is evident from the fact that they have suffered just one defeat so far this term. However, they weren’t able to hold on to all three points in their last fixture in the league, as they conceded a late equaliser against Freiburg to settle for a 1-1 draw. Anthony Modeste had given FC Köln the lead in the first half of that fixture, but they were made to rue missed chances.
FC Köln vs RB Leipzig Head to Head
FC Köln have beaten Leipzig in the Bundesliga on just two occasions. One of those wins came last season, as they won 2-1 in their home fixture. Meanwhile, the game at the Red Bull Arena ended in a 0-0 draw.
FC Köln vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Leipzig certainly showed moments of quality in the final third against Manchester City in midweek, but they look far too defensively open at present. More damage could be done to their European chances this weekend, as we expect the hosts to take the points.
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