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Prediction for the football match between Cologne vs Mainz today (0:0): 1-0
One week ago, Cologne managed to avoid the threat of relegation by winning 3-1 away at Augsburg. As a result, they not only ended their six-match winless streak (four losses) but also increased their lead over the relegation zone to eight points, with only seven rounds remaining in the season.
However, their current record is a step back from last season, when they finished 7th and qualified for the Europa Conference League. If Cologne fails to finish in the top half of the table in the Bundesliga 2022/23 season, coach Steffen Baumgart may find it difficult to keep his job.
In this round, Cologne will face Mainz, a team that is 10 points ahead of them and who defeated them 5-0 in the first leg. However, at the Rhein Energie stadium, Cologne has only lost once to Mainz in their Bundesliga meetings, and that defeat occurred when no fans were allowed to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.
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Nevertheless, in the Bundesliga 2022/23 season so far, Cologne has not won two consecutive matches, and they are currently on a three-match winless streak at home (two losses) and are struggling to score goals even though they are considered favorites in every match.
On the other hand, Mainz is the best team in the German Bundesliga at the moment, with an unbeaten run of eight consecutive matches (five wins). Their recent excellent form has revived their hope of competing for the Top 6, as they are only two points behind Leverkusen in 6th place.
Mainz has also scored in 13 consecutive Bundesliga matches. In contrast to Cologne's winless home record, Mainz is unbeaten in away matches (including the last three rounds), winning two. However, because Mainz is currently better than Cologne in many aspects (ranking, form, home advantage), the fact that the match is set at low odds of Draw-Win-Lose (0:0) and the underdog Cologne is favored in this game is a positive sign for the home team. Therefore, placing your trust in Cologne is a reasonable choice.
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Analysis of the goal odds for Cologne vs Mainz (2 1/2)
In the last six matches of Cologne and the last five matches of Mainz (all in the Bundesliga), there were fewer than three goals in each game. The goal line is set at 2 1/2, so betting on Under 2 1/2 goals is a reasonable option.
The analysis predicts a low-scoring match between Cologne and Mainz with an odds ratio of 2 1/2. Based on the statistics from the previous 4 out of 6 matches of Cologne and 3 out of 5 recent matches of Mainz in the Bundesliga, they have scored under 3 goals per game.
The predicted line-up for Cologne consists of Schwabe, Schmitz, Hubers, Chabot, Hector, Schindler, Huseinbasic, Martel, Kainz, Maina, and Selke while Mainz is expected to play Zentner, Fernandes, Bell, Hanche-Olsen, Widmer, Barreiro Martins, Kohr, Stach, Caci, Ingvartsen, and Ajorque.
The prediction for the match is a 1-0 win for Cologne.