Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
1-0 - Won
Crvena zvezda are having a nice chance to win placement into Europa league knockout stage, after few seasons break they managed to reach group stage and now after five rounds are at second position with six points, same as third placed Koln, in last round they will host German side and must win this duel in order to retain their current position, that won't be very easy but they showed some really good performances and already should secure further progress but lack of accuracy was their main problem.
In Serbian Super league they are at leading position and at this moment are without any doubts strongest team there, six points are above title defenders Partizan, anyway now are fully focused on this game which is mot important for them in this campaign. So far Crvena zvezda suffered only three defeats, first one came in Europa league qualifiers against Russian Krasnodar on the road but in rematch managed to recoup it and thank's to away goal rule won placement into Europe, in domestic league were defeated once in 20 rounds while only defeat in group stage came in duel with Arsenal.
In last 11 games hosts celebrated 8 times and got one draw, they defeated Koln in first duel in Germany and now are favorites with a reason, they are playing good football but must show better goal scoring skills, only two goals scored so far but i'm pretty sure that can break defense of Koln tonight. Offensive midfielders Nemanja Radonjic (16/0) and Ricardinho (3/1) are both injured and will miss this match.
Koln on the other side had really terrible season, they are still without single victory in Germany after 14 matches and with only three points are down at the bottom of the table and main candidates for relegation, 11 points separates them from safe zone and some significant improving must show to climb up. Guests cored only six goals in Bundesliga while conceded 27 and were just terrible, in Europe however were slight better and are still having a chance to reach knockout stage.
This trip to Serbia will be difficult challenge against very motivated hosts, Koln had plenty of problems in this campaign and must show some really impressive performances to achieve positive outcome, they have a long list of injured players and after more than decent last season they seems to be completely out of the tracks, here aren't without chances off course but it will be really hard to beat opponents at this stadium.
Koln earned one point in last round of Bundesliga only few days ago in duel with Schalke, they were chasing result two times in that game and in the end despite Schalke were better side and had much more chances managed to earn that one point. In first encounter with Crvena zvezda in Germany suffered narrow defeat and i doubt that can set up different outcome tonight. Defenders Dominique Heintz (11/1), Jonas Hector (3/0), midfielders Leonardo Bittencourt (12/0), Marco Hoger (5/0), Marcel Risse (4/0), forwards Zoller (9/0) and Jon Cordoba (8/0) are all injured while defenders Yann Aurel Bisseck (2/0), Dominic Maroh (6/0) and Jorge Mere (4/0) are still in doubt due to their injury issues.
Crvena zvezda are playing good offensive football but as we already said lack of accuracy was main problem, still they have quality to achieve positive outcome in front of their fans for sure, Koln simple can't find the right form in this season and i doubt that will avoid another defeat tonight.