It should be a tight matchup on Friday when Union Berlin hosts FC Koln in a German Bundesliga match at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei. Koln (10-10-7) comes off the international break in seventh place in the Bundesliga table, while Berlin (10-8-9) is two points behind in the ninth spot. Koln faced two of the league’s top teams before the layoff, and it beat third-place Bayer Leverkusen. It also played to a 1-1 draw with second-place Borussia Dortmund in its most recent match, but Berlin has been tough to beat at home. It was hammered 4-0 by Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on the road in its most recent match. These teams met in Cologne in November, and it ended in a 2-2 draw.
Kickoff in Berlin is set for 2:30 pm ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Berlin as the slight +140 favorite (risk $100 to win $140) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Union Berlin vs. FC Koln odds. Koln is the +195 underdog, a draw is priced at +235 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before you lock in your FC Koln vs. Union Berlin picks or make any German Bundesliga predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. The Indiana-based handicapper compiled a winning record of 260-133-1 with over 90 units of profit for his community on various platforms over a recent two-month stretch.
Now, Eimer has broken down the Union Berlin vs. FC Koln match from all sides, and just revealed his coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks from him. Here are the betting lines and trends for FC Koln vs. UnionBerlin:
- Union Berlin vs. FC Koln spread: Berlin -0.5
- Union Berlin vs. FC Koln over-under: 2.5 goals
- Union Berlin vs. FC Koln money line: Berlin +140, Koln +195, Draw +235
- SU: MF Rani Khedira is third in the league in pressures (528)
- FCK: GK Marvin Schwabe ranks 10th in save percentage (68.3)
Why you should back Union Berlin
The Iron Ones have lost just two games at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei this season, going 7-4-2 in the 13 matches. The atmosphere is loud and intense, and it has helped Berlin hold opponents to just over a goal per game. It has allowed 14 goals at home, tied for third-fewest in the Bundesliga. Koln has scored 17 goals in its 13 road games. Berlin has scored twice in each of the past five meetings, winning four before the November draw in Koln.
Grischa Promel scored in the last matchup, and he has four goals and an assist this season. He will be back from a booking suspension and will be well-rested to direct the midfield. Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has 11 goals, and the 24-year-old should start up front alongside Sherald Becker, who has two goals and three assists. Midfielder Rani Khedira and defender robin knight form a strong spine, with Khedira always challenging the ball and Knoche ranking eighth in the league with 53 blocked shots.
Why you should back FC Koln
The Billy Goats have played pretty well on the road this season, winning three games and drawing six in their 13 matches. They completely dominated possession in the last meeting, holding the ball for 71 percent of the match and firing off 18 shots. Koln has the fifth-best possession rate in the Bundesliga this season at 54.9 percent, while Berlin has the fourth-worst at 43.6. french striker Anthony Modeste got both goals in the November matchup, and he has scored 15 times this season.
No other player has more than three goals, but 12 Koln players have scored at least one. The Billy Goats have scored five more goals than Berlin (38-33), and its defense will harass Berlin’s shooters all day. Jonah Hector, Salih Ozcan and Benno Schmitz all are in the league’s top 10 in tackles won, though Schmitz is expected to be out with a thigh injury. Ozcan is also ninth in the Bundesliga in successful pressures (40.6 percent), and Hector has assisted on five goals from his wing-back spot.
How to make Union Berlin vs. FC Koln picks
Eimer has scrutinized Friday’s Union Berlin vs. FC Koln match from all angles, and he is leaning over on the total goal. He has two other confident best bets and a full breakdown of the match. He’s only sharing his expert German Bundesliga picks at SportsLine.
So who wins FC Koln vs. Union Berlin? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Union Berlin vs. FC Koln match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.
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