Cologne’s hopes of playing European football next season have taken a blow in recent weeks but the 2-2 draw at Ingolstadt on Matchday 24 did at least put a stop to a two-game losing streak. A win for the Billy Goats against Hertha Berlin would avenge a 2-1 loss from earlier in the campaign but more importantly it would bring them to within three points of the fifth-placed visitors.
Marvin Plattenhardt’s glorious free-kick gave Hertha a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last time out and their confidence will be boosted further by the knowledge that they have won on six of their last visits to Cologne. Pal Dardai’s men have scored only twice in five away defeats in a row, however and they have conceded 20 goals in 12 matches in total on their travels – almost three times as many as they have let in at home.
- Cologne have not won in five games and have just two victories in their last 13 matches.
- Hertha are the only team that Peter Stöger’s side have failed to take a point against in their last three Bundesliga meetings. Since being promoted, the home team have picked up just one point in five games against this weekend’s opponents.
- With 19 goals in 24 matches, Anthony Modeste has the best record of a Cologne striker since Dieter Müller in the 1977/78 season.
- Hertha have the best home record in the Bundesliga. They have, however, lost five away games in a row for the first time since 2009.
- In the last three games between the sides, Vedad Ibisevic has scored four of Hertha’s five goals.
- Mitchell Weiser is still the youngest player to have played for Cologne in the Bundesliga. He made his debut on February 25, 2012 at the age of 17 years and 310 days.