February 22, 2018

RB Leipzig v FC Koln Asian Handicap Preview – Sunday 25th February

RB Leipzig v FC Koln- Red Bull Arena at 17:00 Live at BT Sport

RB Leipzig backed up one of their best performances in the club’s short history by falling flat in their next outing. Die Roten Bullen were excellent when winning 3-1 away at Napoli in their Europa League Last 32 first leg tie before suffering a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, a direct rival for a Champions League spot.

Head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl opted to start Timo Werner and playmaker Emil Forsberg on the bench while flying winger Bruma wasn’t involved at all, as Leipzig looked to focus their attention on this week’s return leg against Napoli in Eastern Germany.

The Bundesliga club, making their continental bow this season, are looking to make their mark on the European stage but they’ll also be well aware that domestic battles must go on. Despite Monday’s setback, RB remains well in the hunt for another top-four finish.

Leipzig’s outstanding home record

Die Roten Bullen have an excellent chance to get back to domestic winning ways on Sunday evening when they welcome rock-bottom Koln to their Red Bull Arena base. The hosts have won 19/28 (68%) games here since promotion with 11 (39%) secured by a margin of two goals or more.

The hosts have fired in the second most shots on goal this season and could easily have picked up a point from Frankfurt on Monday had a penalty decision in their favor not been revoked by VAR. Should Hasenhuttl’s men their usual style of thrilling, counter-attacking football, they should succeed with ease.

Koln’s revival running out of steam

Koln’s unthinkable revival already appears to have run out of steam with the Billy Goats collecting just two points from a possible 12 of late, shipping nine goals in the process. Three of those fixtures took place on home soil.

The bottom-placed Bundesliga outfit has achieved their best results in their own backyard and has tended to toil on their travels. In fact, second-from-bottom Hamburg is the only side Koln has beaten on the road, racking up eight losses from 11 games as guests.

Include last season and the Billy Goats boats a 54% losing rate in their away days, keeping only five clean sheets. Considering Frankfurt clinched a 4-2 success in Koln’s most recent road trip, supporting Leipzig to cover a -1 Asian Handicap at 1.90 appeals on Sunday.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: RB Leipzig -1 at 1.920

By @MarkOHaire

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