FC Cologne and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have plenty to play for other than just local bragging rights on matchday 29. Survival has always been the objective at Cologne this season and with a seven-point cushion between themselves and the bottom three, they are almost safe. In the betting tip Bayer is the favorite. As for Leverkusen in fifth, the last six games are all about securing qualification for the UEFA Champions League. .
Cologne are weak in home games and outsiders in the betting tip
The home side go into the game as underdogs but when the chances come they will be hoping it is French frontman Anthony Modeste on the end of them. The 27-year-old, who came from TSG Hoffenheim at the start of the season, notched his eleventh of the season against Ingolstadt and has already scored goals against the likes of Europa League participants Borussia Dortmund and Champions League quarter-finalists Wolfsburg this term. Cologne currently sit in 11th place with a seven-point cushion above the relegation zone. They are involved in a very tight relegation battle that will last the entire season. Last weekend, the team of coach Peter Stoeger resumed their rivalry with TSG Hoffenheim in a hard-fought game which ended 1-1. The next game will be a bit more complicated. Cologne will need an improvement in performance in front of their home fans to earn the three points in the Rhine derby against Leverkusen. However, Stoeger’s side is not very strong in home games and have won only four of their 14 home games, with an average of 1.14 points per game. Moreover, they are a bit out of form with only two wins in their last ten games and that’s why they are regarded as outsiders ahead of this match but have a good value profit in the best odds. Cologne will be without Mavraj and Kessler due to injuries. There is also a question mark over Osako, Jojic and Soerensen.
Leverkusen are back on track again with three wins in a row
Leverkusen overcome their issues and after three wins in a row in the Bundesliga, they are fully prepared to take on their fierce rivals Cologne in the Rhine derby. Roger Schmidt’s side have climbed to 5th position in the league table and the Champions League spots are in reach. The Werkself will face a tough test against Cologne but they have found back their form and captain Lars Bender has returned to team training after months out injured. They have a good away record, losing only five of their 14 away matches. Bayer lost their last meeting with Cologne in November 2-1 but are the favourites in the betting tip ahead of the return game. Schmidt can field a full squad as all injured players have recovered and will be on board for this important and decisive game.
Betting tip for the Rhine derby between Cologne and Leverkusen
Cologne have the home advantage but will be outsiders in front of their fans with odds between 2.75 and 3.48. A Cologne home victory in the Rhine derby promises a good value profit of 3.18% in the best odds. Leverkusen travel to the other side of the Rhine with odds from 2.19 to 2.40. If the 58th Rhine derby ends in a draw, the bookmakers will pay out odds between 3.10 and 3.50. Our betting tip: Cologne have been in a poor form in their recent matches and have dropped to 11th spot in the table, meaning that they need a good result on Sunday to make a turnaround. Leverkusen are on an upward curve and have not lost in four league games. For that reason, we expect a Leverkusen victory at best odds of 2.40.