Clinging on to the Bundesliga's UEFA Europa League qualifying round berth by the skin of their teeth, Cologne have a real fight on their hands if they are to secure continental football for next season.
The Billy Goats suffered a 2-1 defeat to Hamburg last weekend and go into Tuesday's clash having won only one of their last seven Bundesliga assignments.
Heading the clutch of sides flirting with a top-six finish, Frankfurt moved level on 37 points with Cologne thanks to their goalless draw with mid-table Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 26.
The Eagles were unfortunate not to pick up all three points after Yann Sommer thwarted Marco Fabian from the penalty spot late on, but the fact remains Niko Kovac's side are winless in seven (D2, L5).
- Anthony Modeste has scored 22 goals this season, second only to Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (both on 24).
- Cologne have the greatest proportion of goals from non-German players (33 out of 37).
- Cologne have managed seven wins, four draws and just two defeats this season with captain Matthias Lehmann in the team (1.9 points per game). They have won just two in the 13 games without him.
- Three clean sheets in a row would equal Frankfurt’s Bundesliga record (two 0-0 draws in last two games).
- The Eagles have conceded just 27 goals in their opening 26 matches – their best record at this stage of a Bundesliga season.
- Frankfurt have used 23 players this season, including 17 non-Germans, which is the highest proportion of foreign-born players in the Bundesliga.