Peter Stöger's men, in seventh place and two points off the top six, will take to the pitch in Bavaria knowing what those directly ahead of them in the table have done. The Billy Goats would have had their destiny in their own hands but for a run of just a single point from their last four Bundesliga outings that has dealt a major blow to their European aspirations.
The fixture list has not been kind with RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich Cologne's last two opponents, though Ingolstadt could make the same argument for the run of one win — over Eintracht Frankfurt — and four defeats (to Hertha Berlin, Bayern, Borussia Mönchengladbach and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) that has left them second-from-bottom, five points adrift of safety coming into the weekend.
- Ingolstadt have lost four of their last five matches.
- Köln have lost two games in a row for the first time this season, and have won only two of their last 12 in the Bundesliga.
- Die Schanzer have the worst home record in the Bundesliga this season (11 matches, eight points, ten goals scored).
- Anthony Modeste has scored 55 per cent of Cologne’s goals this season. The Billy Goats have not won when the Frenchman has not found the net.
- Ingolstadt have scored a league-high 13 goals from set-pieces this season, but have only scored 24 times from open play in their 57 Bundesliga matches to date.
- Modeste has scored all four of Köln’s Bundesliga goals against Ingolstadt (2-1, 1-1 and 1-1).