Köln preview: Good home record
Eintracht are looking to continue their impressive record at home to 1. FC Köln when the sides meet on Wednesday.
The Eagles’ final fixture of 2019 at the Commerzbank-Arena is not only the team’s 30th competitive game of what has been a marathon first half of the season, but also an encounter steeped in tradition. A glance in the history books gives Adi Hütter’s charges cause for optimism, while one of the names on the Köln teamsheet is likely to make Eintracht fans of a certain generation reminisce about the past.
Football in the blood
The player in question is Louis Schaub, son of bona-fide Eintracht legend Fred Schaub, who played a major role in the greatest success in the club’s history with the 1980 UEFA Cup triumph. As Louis, a senior Austria international since 2016, was born in Fulda, a town not too far from Frankfurt, the match is set to be an extra-special occasion for him.
Positive home record
Eintracht won their two most recent encounters with Köln, posting a 4-2 home victory and a 1-0 away win in the 2017/18 season, at the end of which the Billy Goats were relegated to the second tier. As such the Eagles have beaten Köln 21 times at the Commerzbank-Arena, including on the last four occasions, while drawing ten matches and losing 12, although the visitors’ last Bundesliga triumph in Frankfurt was almost a decade ago. Hütter’s men will therefore be eager to extend that record on Wednesday and pick up three much-needed points.
Kick-off: Wednesday 18 December, 20:30 CET, Bundesliga 2019/20, Matchday 16.
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt.