1. FC Köln have a place in the top six on the agenda when they kick off Matchday 14 at SV Darmstadt 98 on Friday (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT).
- Köln already have as many points now (19) as they had in the entire first half of last season.Darmstadt are currently enduring their first mini crisis of results in the Bundesliga, without a win in their last four (one draw, three defeats).Darmstadt have yet to win a competitive fixture against Köln (one draw, five defeats). Their last meeting dates back to 1988.Both teams are particularly effective from set-pieces, with Köln netting 33 percent of their goals from dead balls and Darmstadt scoring even more frequently, with 43 percent coming from set plays.Darmstadt have played more games at home than away this season, yet they have picked up more points on their travels – eight as opposed to six.The Lilies have taken the lead five times away from home, doing the same only once in front of their own fans.Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster spent two years as a player at Köln and was part of their side which was relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in 1998.Anthony Modeste has gone six games without scoring (566 minutes), having scored nine goals in the first nine games of the season.
Darmstadt: Mathenia – Garics, Sulu, Caldirola, Diaz – Heller, Niemeyer, Gondorf, Rausch – Stroh-Engel, Rosenthal
Köln: Horn - Olkowski, Sörensen, Heintz, Hector - Lehmann, Gerhardt - Risse, Osako, Bittencourt - Modeste