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In this betting preview, we look at the Bundesliga meeting between Bayer Leverkusen and FC Cologne. Europa League participation is at stake for the hosts, while Cologne's survival in the German top-flight is under question.
Leverkusen vs Cologne: Top Free Betting Tips
This section provides the best predictions for the game along with free betting tips.
- Market: Match Winner
- Our tip: Bayer Leverkusen
- Odds: 3/5
- Market: Total Goals
- Our tip: Under 2.5
- Odds: 1/1
- Market: Both teams to score
- Our tip: No
- Odds: 1/1
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Die Werkself ended their four-match losing streak at Bay Arena with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Schalke. With their Europa League ambitions on the line, Leverkusen need another solid performance against Bundesliga strugglers FC Cologne. Bayer are unbeaten under interim manager Hannes Wolf and have the odds tipped in their favour.
Total Goals: Under 2.5
The Over 2.5 has been witnessed in Bayer's last five successive home games. However, in their last four outings at home, the hosts have only contributed six goals. On the other side of the pitch will be the Billy Goats, who have managed a paltry four goals in the same number of away trips, drawing blanks in two of these outings.
Both teams to score: No
Bayer have not kept a clean sheet at home in twelve games, the last occurrence coming on December 10. While it is still early days in Wolf's reign, Die Werkself should be able to contain FC Cologne. Friedhelm Funkel's men have were shut out by Wolfsburg last time on the road and look bereft of ideas at the front.
Leverkusen vs Cologne: Team News and Match Preview
The Company's Men are unbeaten under their interim manager, which has rekindled their chances of qualifying for the Europa League. However, it can all go south with four teams eyeing there position on the table heading into the final six games of the season. Bayer have their hopes pinned on Lucas Alario to find his scoring boots again after hitting the back of the net against Schalke. This must have boosted the confidence of young Moussa Diaby and Leon Bailey, who have seven and six assists to their names, respectively.
Despite the 2-3 defeat to Mainz, Friedhelm Funkel must have been pleased with Cologne's 22 shots on target. The relegation-threatened outfit have been on the upswing in recent matches, leading in three of their last four games before letting it slip. Cologne need to shore up their defence and Funkel will have made his players go through extra rounds ahead of the weekend fixtures. All eyes of the Cologne faithful will be on Ondrej Duda, with the Slovakian midfielder scoring three goals in his last four Bundesliga outings.
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FAQs regarding Leverkusen vs Cologne Coverage and Accessibility
When is the match scheduled?
The match will take place on 17 April 2020 at 18:30 GMT.
Where is the match being played?
The match will take place at Bay Arena.
Where to watch it?
BT Sport is the place to watch the live broadcast on television. One can also watch the game from the numerous live streams available from bookmakers.