- Freiburg hoping to make home advantage tell.
- Billy Goats eager to bound over latest rivals.
- All eyes on Modeste as striker seeks to add to tally.
Their current form keeping them on course for a European place, 1. FC Köln will be keen to end the weekend on a high at SC Freiburg when the teams meet at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Sunday (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).
Freiburg will feel their impressive home record against Köln – against whom they are unbeaten in eleven encounters at the Schwarzwald-Stadion – should provide sufficient belief they can bridge the six-point gap between the teams. Despite suffering a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out, the Baden-Württemberg-based side boast wins in their last four games against the Billy Goats on home soil.
Köln are enjoying their best Bundesliga campaign for 27 years and are brimming with confidence following back-to-back top-flight triumphs. Anthony Modeste’s 15 Bundesliga goals to date have kept the French marksman in the hunt for a possible Torjägerkanone triumph and the Billy Goats dreaming of a European spot come the end of the current campaign. Currently seventh in the standings, Peter Stöger’s charges are unbeaten in their last six games.
- Six of Freiburg's eight Bundesliga wins this season have come at home.
- Freiburg failed to score for the first time in nine games in their Matchday 19 loss against Gladbach.
- Streich and Stöger are the longest-serving head coaches in the current Bundesliga.
- Köln have taken seven points from their first three games since the turn of the year, a feat they last achieved in 1992.
- The Billy Goats last had 32 points after 19 games in the 1989/90 campaign.
- Köln's Leonardo Bittencourt has scored four goals in five games against Freiburg, including one in the reverse fixture.