On the match that will open the 2nd matchday of the Bundesliga, Koln will make his debut at home this season, facing off against Hamburger, who will play their first away match as well.
The hosts are looking for their first win, while Hamburger are looking for their 2nd triumph.
From the Die Geißböcke side, Kessler, Osako e Rausch are absences while from the Der Dino Mavraj side, Muller e Thoelke will be missing, while Lasogga is still doubtful for Gisdol.
From the hosts’ side, the team is looking to get the first points on this competition, after their loss at Monchengladbach, against Borussia 1-0, on a match where, despite a more dominant 2nd half, the team wasn’t able to reverse the result after conceding the first and only goal in the beginning of the 2nd half.
The team, after a great campaign last season, will look to follow that up, despite having more difficulties now, considering they will also play in the Europa League, which will demand more from the players, both physically and mentally, despite Peter Stoeger’s competence to deal with the upcoming difficulties.
Moving on to the visitors, after another rough season last year, where they barely escaped relegation, they will now look to improve their campaign when compared to recent years, where they “settled” for competing in the relegation fight, despite being one of the most historic and well-known clubs in German football.
With the arrival of Markus Gisdol, the team looked better than what they did when they had Bruno Labbadia (which was clearly a more limited coach).
With Gidsol being one of the most competent managers in Germany, I expect Hamburger to fight for something more than just maintenance, despite the squad not giving the manager all the insurances. In any way, the team has started their Bundesliga campaign with a home win.
On this match, I will have two of my favourite Bundesliga managers facing off; Both of them are equally competent, despite imposing two different playing styles on their teams, with Stoeger having a more defensive mindset when compared to Gisdol, which is the more offensive of the two.
As I’ve said before, despite Hamburger’s manager quality, I expect a tough season for the Dinosaurs, because the squad wasn’t properly reinforced, while Koln has kept several key players, which should be a good sign for them in this upcoming season.
Koln vs Hamburger Betting Tip:
Koln was one of the most consistent teams playing at home last season (only 2 losses in 17 matches).
While Hamburger was one of the less consistent teams playing away from home (gaining only 10 points in 51 possible), conceding almost 3 times more goals when compared to the goals they scored.
This way and considering all I’ve said, I believe in a Koln win here (2-0 I’d say).
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