Europe on the agenda as Cologne host Hertha

Cologne could do with improving a poor recent record against Hertha Berlin when the two sides meet on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET/14:30 GMT)

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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.

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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.

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