Cologne v Dusseldorf: Preview, probable line ups and match stats

Cologne v Dusseldorf: Preview, probable line ups and match stats

FC Cologne will host regional rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf in Sunday's late Bundesliga game that kick off at 7.00 pm East African time.

Mark Uth has been imperious form for the hosts while the visitors will go into this match without US goalkeeper Zack Steffen. 

Markus Gisdol's Cologne's form since the turn of the year had been stunning. Their run of good form has been inspired a mix of young talents such as Ismail Jakobs and Noah Katterbach alongside more seasoned pros like Jonas Hector and Jhon Cordoba.

They have climbed out of the chopping zone and are now ten points clear he drop zone despite failing to win either of their last two games - against Borussia Mönchengladbach before the league suspension and then Mainz once it resumed.

On the other hand, Fortuna comes into this match on the back of a frustrating relegation six-pointer with Paderborn, Die Flingeraner hit the woodwork four times in their goalless draw.

Club captain Oliver Fink is set to return after the club gave him permission to spend time with his family last weekend, but influential defender Kaan Ayhan is suspended.

Match stats

Cologne are winless in their two behind-closed door Bundesliga fixtures to date, having lost 2-1 in Mönchengladbach before last week's draw with Mainz.

Cologne and Düsseldorf are the league's top two for most cards received so far this season - 66 and 65 respectively.

Four matches is Fortuna's longest unbeaten run in 16 months.

Düsseldorf's 11-goal top scorer Hennings is without a goal in his last nine, though he was on target in the 2-0 win over Cologne earlier this season.

Probable line-ups

Cologne: Horn - Ehizibue, Bornauw, Leistner, Katterbach - Skhiri, Hector (c) - Kainz, Uth, Jakobs - Cordoba

Coach: Markus Gisdol

Fortuna: Kastenmeier - Zanka, Hoffmann, Gießelmann - Zimmermann, Stöger, Morales, Berisha, Suttner - Karaman, Hennings (c)

Coach: Uwe Rösler

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