Hot and cold Cologne welcome fellow European hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt to the RheinEnergieSTADION on Tuesday (kick-off 20:00CEST/18:00GMT).
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).