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FC Heidenheim vs FC Cologne 2. Bundesliga Preview, Betting Tips, Team News & Predictions – 07/04/2019

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After coming so close to pulling off a huge shock away at Bayern Munich in the DFB Cup, Heidenheim have to dust themselves off and go again in the league. On Sunday they host league leaders Cologne in a game that really need to win to stay in touch with those above them in the race for promotion. Can they get the three points?

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Heidenheim vs Cologne – 2. Bundesliga 18/19

Where to Watch

Venue: Voith-Arena

Date: 07 April 2019

Kick Off Time: 12:30 BST

Referee in Charge: N/A

TV Channel / Live Stream:  You can watch the game live on BT Sport ESPN. Live streaming is also available on the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the match.

Heidenheim vs Cologne – Form Guide

The home side were dumped out of the German Cup in midweek, but they did not disgrace themselves at all. Not many sides can go to the Allianz Arena and score four goals. In their last league game, Heidenheim failed to score away at Magdeburg. They didn’t concede either which resulted in them coming away with a point, but it could have been all three if Theuerkauf hadn’t been sent off for two bookable offences.

Frank Schmidt’s side overcame Union Berlin 2-1 last time out at home, but they’ve struggled to convincingly win games recently. They were humbled 2-1 at the start of March at home to Jahn Regensburg and held 2-2 against Hamburg. The home side certainly have goals in them, but they do leak a lot at the back too.

In contrast, Koln, or Cologne, however you like to say it, are flying. Top of 2. Bundesliga, five wins in a row, and seemingly on their way to being promoted back to the Bundesliga at the first attempt.

After losing two of their first three matches after the winter break, they’ve seen off the challenges of Sandhausen, Erzgebirge Aue, Ingolstadt, Arminia Bielefled, and, most recently, Holstein Kiel. The reverse fixture against Heidenheim ended in a 1-1 draw, so it’s more than likely that we’ll see plenty of goals on Sunday too,

Team News and Predicted Line-ups

To follow.

Heidenheim Predicted XI: Muller, Busch, Mainka, Beermann, Feick, Schnatterer, Griesbeck, Dorsch, Thomalla, Dovedan, Glatzel.

Cologne Predicted XI: Horn, Clemens, Mere, Hoger, Czechos, Kainz, Geis, Hector, Drexler, Teroddoe, Cordoba.

Latest Match Odds

They away side are odds on favourites with the bookies at 4/6. Heidenheim are available to back at odds of 4/1, with the draw priced up at 16/5.

Score Prediction

1-2. Heidenheim can score goals, but they're pretty leaky at the back. Cologne are not your average side and I think they’ll score a couple here to win the game. They’ve won five in a row. The momentum is with them. It’s the business end of the season. The away side are playing like a top-flight club at the moment and I think they’ll win.

Betting Tip

Nothing really sticks out in terms of value, but over 2.5 goals at odds of 4/7 is well worth adding to your weekend accumulator. That’s what I’ll be backing this weekend. Cologne score for fun, and Heidenheim’s last five at home in all competitions has seen over 2.5 goals land. It’s a sensible punt.

Match Stats & Facts

  • FC Cologne have won their last five league matches.
  • Cologne have been winning at half time and full time in their last four league games.
  • Six of the last seven home games for Heidenheim has seen over 2.5 goals land.
  • Heidenheim have kept just one clean sheet at home in their last seven games in all competitions.