VfL Bochum are set to face FC Koln in the Bundesliga on Friday evening with hopes of moving up from the bottom of the table. Meanwhile, Koln will try to build on their 0-0 draw against Union Berlin in their previous league match. Koln has suffered two consecutive defeats to Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, where they conceded five goals without reply. Therefore, their manager, Steffen Baumgart, was satisfied with the point they earned from their last game. With a 17-point gap between the two teams in the Bundesliga table, Baumgart’s main concern is his team’s lack of attack in recent weeks. Koln failed to score in five out of their last six games heading into Friday’s game against Bochum.
Bochum’s form has dropped as they lost their last four games before their trip to Cologne. Although they moved out of the relegation zone earlier in the season, they lost seven out of their last eight games in all competitions, placing them at the bottom of the table. Bochum’s initial success was based on their strong home form, where they won their first five league games at Vonovia-Ruhrstadion after Thomas Letsch’s appointment in late September. Unfortunately, even that has not been working for them in recent weeks. Bochum has tough fixtures against RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt coming up after the international break. As a result, Letsch and his team are under significant pressure to achieve a positive result on Friday.
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Koln’s injury problems have affected their goal threat, with key attackers like Sebastian Andersson, Mark Uth, Florian Dietz, and Jan Thielmann sidelined, along with defenders Luca Kilian, Mads Pedersen, and Rijad Smaljic. Baumgart is likely to stick to the same starting XI from their last match, hoping to see more attacking play against weaker opponents. Bochum will be without Simon Zoller, Gerrit Holtmann, and Cristian Gamboa due to injuries, but Philipp Hofmann, who recovered from a cold to start against Schalke, is expected to be in the matchday squad. Letsch may consider bringing in Cameroon international Pierre Kunde into the midfield to regain control in that area of the pitch after their loss to Schalke.
Koln vs Bochum Game Information
- Date: 03/10/2023
- Time: 12:30 PM ET
- Location: RheinEnergieStadion, Köln.
- How to Watch: Koln vs Bochum ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Koln vs Bochum Betting Lines
Koln is -155 according to our Vegas Bundesliga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $65.On the other side, Bochum is +420 according to the Vegas Bundesliga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $420.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Koln at a 60.78% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Bochum has 19.23% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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