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In this final round of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season, we look at the meeting between Cologne and Schalke at the RheinEnergieStadion on May 22. While the visitors have no stake in the German top-flight football and have been relegated to the second division after a forgettable year on the pitch, Cologne can still climb out of the relegation slots with a win.
Cologne vs Schalke: Top Free Betting Tips
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- Market: Match Winner
- Our tip: Cologne
- Odds: 7/20
- Market: Over/Under 2.5
- Our tip: Over 2.5
- Odds: 9/25
- Market: Both teams to score
- Our tip: Yes
- Odds: 3/5
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Cologne to Win
Both Cologne and Schalke have been woeful in recent weeks. If the current standings will continue, they might be playing each other in the 2. Bundesliga. The Royal Blues have been relegated, the Billy Goats still have an outside chance of climbing out of the relegation slots. While Cologne's form has been woeful, it pales in comparison to Schalke, who are winless in 11 outings with nine defeats. Cologne will have to summon their spirits of last season when they beat the visitors 3-0 at the RheinEnergieStadion.
Total Goals: Over 2.5
The last four matches Cologne have played at home have seen three or more goals. Owing to their pathetic performances at the back, Schalke have been involved in five matches out of their last six where the Over 2.5 has come to fruition. On the night, Cologne will throw caution into the wind and make the most of the opportunity as they fight for Bundesliga safety.
Both Teams to Score: Yes
With Schalke failing to keep anything out of their net, the goalkeeper will be forced to pick the ball out of his net. However, they will also fancy their chances given their recent form. In their last three matches, they have gotten on the scoreboard seven times, approximately one-fifth of the goals they have scored all season.
Cologne vs Schalke: Team News and Match Preview
Friedhelm Funkel took charge of the club to stave off relegation and he can achieve that in the final fixture of the season. With three teams facing the loathsome fate of going down to the 2. Bundesliga, anything can happen. Despite struggling to impress, Cologne are masters of their fate and have the easiest of the draws as they take on Bundesliga punching bags Schalke. However, they need to deliver the result of their fighting chance will come to nought. All eyes will be on Ondrej Duda for a performance. Duda has been the man in form for the Billy Goats, leading their scoring charts with seven goals and four assists.
Barring the accumulation of the title for being the second-worst outfit in German top-flight football, it has been a forgettable year for the seven-time Bundesliga champions. However, they will be remembered by Eintracht Frankfurt for denying them their first UEFA Champions League qualification with a 4-3 defeat. They can disrupt Cologne's plans with another such performance and ensure they face off each other in the second division next year. For this, they have the will to score goals and Dimitrios Grammozis will be putting his faith in Matt Hoppe to deliver again against the Billy Goats.
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FAQs regarding Cologne vs Schalke Coverage and Accessibility
When is the match scheduled?
The match will take place on 22 May 2021 at 15:30 GMT.
Where is the match being played?
The match will take place at RheinEnergieStadion.
Where to watch it?
COSMOTE Sport and Sky Bundesliga are the places to watch the live broadcast on television. One can also watch the game from the numerous live streams available from bookmakers.
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