Stuttgart / Cologne (dpa) – After the first point win this season in the 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, 1. FC Keulen and coach Markus Gisdol next Friday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN) will face the next tough match at VfB Stuttgart Taak.
The Swabian climber made his best start in the upper house in twelve years with seven points from four games – and now wants to take his first home victory.
HISTORY: For the 89th time, the two traditional clubs face each other in a Bundesliga match. VfB has won 29 times, FC 35 times, and there are 24 draws. The Stuttgart team decided the last three matches all for itself.
FIRST SITUATION: After their strong start to the season, the Swabians enter the game with a broad chest. Their performances so far have shown that they can keep up in the Bundesliga, and that their many young, fast and technically skilled players can do even better there than in the more competitive 2nd division. However, FC and his coach Gisdol are under pressure. Cologne has not won since 14 league games. None of their coaches has experienced a longer dry spell. The Swabian native and former VfB youth coach Gisdol is threatened with a negative record on his return home.
STAFF: The situation at VfB has eased. Defense chief Waldemar Anton will again be absent due to an ankle injury, but attacking fullbacks Roberto Massimo, Borna Sosa and Darko Churlinov, who missed last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hertha BSC, returned to practice during the week. Cologne is also looking better than before, but Jonas Hector and Marco Höger are not there yet.
WHAT THE TRAINERS SAY:
Pellegrino Matarazzo (VfB Stuttgart): “The Cologne team has an experienced team and an experienced coach. They play unpleasant football, very simple, with good back pressure. There is also a certain risk of flanks. They have a clear idea of how they play. We take them very, very seriously. “
Markus Gisdol (1. FC Köln): “In Stuttgart, the euphoria of a newcomer reigns. It is done with understatement and tries to give us the role of favorites. They have a team that is very carefree and playing with full steam ahead. are extremely dangerous for the front. “