Max Meyer brings 146 games of Bundesliga experience to Köln. His first game for FC could come at the weekend where, incidentally, he was last selected in a Bundesliga squad. That was back in April 2018 for Schalke’s 2:2 draw with FC.
This fixture took place exactly 40 years ago, to the day. FC ran out 1:0 winners on the day thanks to a Dieter Müller goal. It was his ninth of the season. Müller would go on to score eight more goals in what was his last campaign at FC.
Should Emmanuel Dennis feature against Arminia Bielefeld, he will be the sixth player from Nigeria to play for 1. FC Köln. No other Bundesliga side has had more Nigerians play for them.
Only VfL Wolfsburg have conceded fewer goals from crosses this season than FC. The Wolves have only given up one goal in such a manner, while FC conceding just twice from those positions.
If any game should guarantee goals, or at least the ball hitting the back of the net once, then it is this encounter. None of the 25 meetings between the teams has ended goalless.
This will be the first time in 12 seasons that the two sides have faced each other in a Bundesliga game in Köln. That tussle ended in a 1:1 draw, with Petit and Christopher Katongo on the scoresheet. The last Bundesliga victory from an FC point of view came in 2005-06, with Lukas Podolski’s brace securing a 4:2 win.
Two teams of differing set-piece strength will go head-to-head this weekend. Just one of Arminia’s 14 goals this season has come from a set-piece, the lowest proportion in the league (7%). FC, on the other hand, have scored a higher percentage of their goals from set-pieces than anyone else (47%).
Uwe Neuhaus could name an exchanged starting side for the fifth consecutive game against FC. The last time Arminia went four matches without making a change was six years ago under Norbert Meier in 3. Liga.
Ritsu Doan has broken out into a real shooting star this campaign for Arminia Bielefeld. The diminutive dribbler has three goals to his name and, for many teams, the only way to stop him has been in the way of fouls. No player has been fouled more often (43) than Doan this season.
Stefan Ortega’s performances in goal have not gone unnoticed either. The Bielefeld number one has saved 72% of shots on goal this season – the joint highest percentage alongside Rafal Gikiewicz. Ortega has also kept three clean sheets in his last four games.
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