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