Koln vs Bochum predictions and betting tips on March 10, 2023
On March 10, RheinEnergieStadion (Cologne) will host the match of the 24th round of the German Bundesliga, in which Koln will compete with Bochum. The battle will start at 20:30 CET.
In recent years, the team has been giving its fans “swinging” emotions. Only successful play-offs allowed “the Billy Goats” to avoid relegation to the second division in 2021. Baumgart, who came to the coaching position, raised his new wards to the 7th place, which resulted in the European tournament, albeit in the Conference League format. There, however, everything ended at the group stage: the German team was one point behind Nice and Partizan. There had also been a noticeable decline at the inner arena. The previous negative experience, when the participation in European competitions had got too serious impact and resulted in a fall into the second division, did not repeat. Still, the results are modest. The winter ended with defeats in the matches with Stuttgart (0-3) and Wolfsburg (0-2). Taking into account the higher mentioned results, a 0-0 draw in the battle with Union (that game was in Berlin) can be considered as a pretty good result.
The club is having a fairly standard cycle of a “non-status” newcomer. At first, there was an unexpected rise to the elite division, and then, it even managed to get enough points to stay at this level. Still, as it often happens, there has come a typical “second season”, when the team has to constantly and not successfully fight for “survival”. The replacement of the coach was not helpful enough: being under the rule of Thomas Letsch, there were only a couple of successes even in the winter, albeit in the pretty bright way - a 3-1 victory in the match with Hertha and a 5-2 one in the battle against Hoffenheim. Nevertheless, the rest of the matches in January-February were lost both in the DFB Pokal and, that is the most important, in the Bundesliga. After the higher mentioned results, it is not surprising that the previous round brought a 0-2 defeat in the struggle with “resurgent” Schalke.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Koln got 4 points in the matches with the newcomer of the Bundesliga in the previous season. Taking into account a current one, the opponents played a 1-1 draw at the arena of Bochum in September.
Bookmakers believe that “the Billy Goats” are required to take the maximum in their home match. Let’s agree – the guests are very weak, thus, it is reasonable to bet on the victory of Koln (odd: 1.65).