Professionals | 01/10/2021

Matchday 7

Preview ahead of the game against Fürth

1. FC Köln welcome Greuther Fürth to the RheinEnergieSTADION this evening in the final fixture before the international break.

Form check

1. FC Köln: Steffen Baumgart’s side have been impressive in their first six games of the new campaign, picking up nine points to date. The only defeat came at the hands of Bayern Munich. However, unbeaten at home after wins against Hertha and Bochum and a draw against Leipzig, the 40.000 fans on Friday night will be hoping for an evening to remember.

Greuther Fürth: Things have been tough for the newly-promoted side thus far. After the DFB-Pokal exit against Babelsberg on penalties, Fürth are still waiting on their first win of the season. After a draw against Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 2, hopes were high but defeats have followed ever since. They will be hoping to buck the trend this evening before the next international pause.

The managers have had their say

Steffen Baumgart: “We have a tough test on Friday. Fürth press aggressively and always give 100%. Even against Bayern, they managed to win the ball high up the pitch. It will be a close game. We want to use the space and gaps against Fürth that are on offer. We are fighting to stay up just like Fürth. It isn't a game between big and small.”

Stefan Leitl: “We’re really looking forward to the game in Köln. A good atmosphere with well over 30,000 fans are waiting for us there. We want to play our part in making it a great footballing evening. Steffen Baumgart plays an attacking, very attacking form of football. We are playing against a tough opponent. We have to make sure that we are stable. I don’t want it to be an end-to-end counter-attack game with Köln.”

Squad update

1. FC Köln: Jannes Horn is slowly but surely working his way back to fitness after his hip injury, but any potential game time will come after the international break at the earliest. Tim Lemperle is back in team training. However, Jan Thielmann is ill and will miss out on Friday evening.

Greuther Fürth: Cedric Itten is a doubt for the game after muscular problems meant he had to stop training ahead of time. The Swiss striker will still make the trip to Köln.

Player profile

Branimir Hrgota is heading into his third season with Fürth and will be hoping to continue his good form with the Shamrocks. After registering 24 scorer points last season, he was a huge part of why Fürth managed to make it back into the Bundesliga. Hrgota can play across the front four and it is that variability that makes him dangerous. So far, this season, he has managed two goals in six games.

Form check

The teams have met 18 times in the past, with the last games coming in the 2019-20 season and both ending in 4:0 wins for FC. Fürth have managed to pick up three points three times. FC are unbeaten in their last six encounters against the Shamrocks.

Refereeing team

Referee: Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck (Freiburg).
Assistant Referees: Christof Günsch, Jonas Weickenmeier.
Fourth Official: Arno Blos.
Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Siebert.

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6VfL Wolfsburg13
71. FC Köln12
8RB Leipzig11

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