FC Köln vs RB Leipzig: Predictions, Odds & Live Stream [June 1]
Take an RB Leipzig win and the Yes option here.
- RB Leipzig has fallen away in the title race and must now focus on a top-four finish
- Koln has also slipped from a promising position and is almost certainly out of the European race
- Leipzig should put its recent wobbles to one side and emerge victorious at the RheinEnergieSTADION
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|What||Koln vs RB Leipzig|
|Where||RheinEnergieSTADION, Cologne, Germany|
|When||Monday, 1 June 2020, 14:30 PM EST|
|How to watch||Stream Live with DraftKings!|
Borussia Dortmund was not the only team left disappointed by Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday. That result was also bad news for RB Leipzig, which was hoping that Dortmund would peg back the league leaders as the end of the Bundesliga season creeps ever closer.
Yet Leipzig only has itself to blame for the fizzling out of its title challenge. Julian Nagelsmann’s side had the chance to climb above Dortmund and into second spot in the standings on Wednesday. But it could not take it, drawing 2-2 at home to a mid-table Hertha Berlin team.
Leipzig now lies nine points adrift of Bayern in the top spot. In other words, its hopes of winning the Bundesliga title are all but over. Perhaps that should not be a surprise: Leipzig was a second division side not too long ago, and Bayern still has a huge financial advantage over the upstarts from the east.
Nevertheless, Leipzig supporters will feel a little deflated by the way in which their team has fallen away this term. Die Roten Bullen occupied first place in late January but now find themselves in a battle for a top-four finish.
Adjusting to that reality quickly will be key to the rest of Leipzig’s season. Hasenhuttl’s men should at least return to winning ways when they lock horns with Koln on Monday.
Koln vs RB Leipzig Odds
|Match winner and Both teams to score||Odds|
|RB Leipzig and Yes||+175|
|RB Leipzig and No||+225|
Odds taken from bet365 NJ
Only Bayern Munich has conceded fewer goals than RB Leipzig in 2019/20, but there have been signs of vulnerability in its defense of late.
Leipzig has now kept two clean sheets in its last five outings, and its backline struggled to contain Hertha in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw.
Remarkably, Koln has found the net in each of its last 14 Bundesliga outings. They should do so again here, but Leipzig’s superior quality should see them eke out a victory.
Leipzig’s Title Hopes Have Faded but There Is Still Plenty to Play For
This is Nagelsmann’s first season in charge of Leipzig, and a top-three finish would have been seen as a satisfactory outcome last summer.
Although a pessimist may point out that Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are now just two points behind, an optimist would retort that Leipzig is the same distance from Dortmund.
Nagelsmann must ensure his players put any lingering disappointment surrounding their aborted title challenge behind them. He should emphasize the positives, such as the fact that Leipzig is unbeaten in its last nine games and has scored in all but two of them.
Koln’s Inconsistency Means a Europa League Spot Is Surely Out of Reach
Koln is another club that has fallen away in recent weeks, with Wolfsburg now eight points ahead in the final Europa League qualification place. Moreover, there are four more teams better positioned to challenge for sixth spot as things stand.
Yet Koln is still generally moving in the right direction, despite its present four-match winless streak. The club was rooted to the foot of the table as recently as December, having triumphed in just two of its first 14 matches. In that light, a failed push for Europe does not look too disappointing at all.
The key to Koln’s transformation has been its improvement in forward areas. As mentioned earlier, Gisdol’s side has scored in 14 consecutive games, the type of record that is usually the reserve of the division’s top teams.
By way of comparison, its first 14 matches this term featured five that were scoreless. Koln has outscored sixth-placed Wolfsburg and would be higher up the table with a stronger defense – there has been no clean sheet in its five most recent encounters.
Leipzig’s Attack Is Firing but a Clean Sheet Could Be Elusive
Leipzig drew a blank in a goalless draw with Wolfsburg in March, but otherwise, its attacking record has been similarly impressive: 17 goals in its last seven contests, which works out as an impressive average of 2.43 per game.
The first time Leipzig failed to score in a Bundesliga game this season came against Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday 19. This is a team that is used to finding the net, with a forward line spearheaded by Timo Werner and supported by Patrik Schick, Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo capable of posing a threat to any opponent in the Bundesliga.
Leipzig has not looked quite as secure at the back in recent games, and Koln will take heart from the openings Hertha created on Wednesday. The host will fancy its chances of getting on the scoresheet once more, but beating Leipzig – which has lost fewer games than even Bayern this season – will be a tall order.
Take an RB Leipzig win and the Yes option here – Leipzig’s defense has been cracking but the team has enough quality to collect three points.