Without a win in their last 4 league games, Koln will be eager to to get a the three points when they host Bayer Leverkusen at the RheinEnergieStadion in the 16th round of the German top flight.
The hosts have started the season well as the team managed to stay in the top half of the table for the most part of the campaign. However, they have been struggling to finish their chances in recent weeks, as the team drew in three of their last 5 league games, only winning in one. Their last game in the Bundesliga was against Werder Bremen away from home where the final score was 1-1.
Koln are sitting in 7th place in the Bundesliga table with 24 points from 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses. They scored 20 goals and conceded 14 since the start of the season.
Manager Peter Stöger could field a back-three again here, with several key players still out injured. Salih Özcan returns from suspension to replace Marco Höger in central midfield, with the latter having to serve a one-match ban himself now.
The visitors have also struggled with consistency in their last few games. Leverkusen have collected 4 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 Bundesliga games. The team has generally dropped in terms of form and consequently in the table ranking. Their last game was against Ingolstadt at home where they were defeated 2-1.
Leverkusen are 4 points behind the hosts as the team have 20 points at 8th place. They won 6 games, drew 2 and lost 7. The visitors have scored 22 goals and conceded 23 since the start of the season.
Ömer Toprak and Wendell are expected to return to the starting XI after being rested at the weekend, with Aleksandar Dragovic and Danny da Costa dropping to the bench.
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