There is a clash towards the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga this Saturday (17:30) as Bochum entertain Koln at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion.
Koln are bottom of the table in 18th, with Bochum four places above them, but only by three points. Both these sides have won just once this campaign so this contest could be a crucial one in their quests for survival.
Here are some of the best markets available for this Saturday evening fixture.
Both teams are at good value to come away from this game with three points. Bochum are on offer at 7/5, while Koln are 9/5. You can back a stalemate at 5/2.
You can get both teams to score at 8/15 in this one, and NO is at the better price of 11/8.
Over 2.5 goals is 4/6 while under 2.5 goals is valued at 11/10.
Bochum have quite a few injuries to deal with heading into the weekend. Lys Mousset, Matus Bero, Mohammed Tolba, Michael Esser, Ivan Ordets and Christopher Antwi-Adjei are all sidelined.
Philipp Pentke is the only injured player for Koln to deal with ahead of this crucial match.
Takuma Asano to score anytime @ 23/10
Bochum will be turning to their leading marksman in the league Takuma Asano this weekend as they look to extend the gap between themselves and their opponents Koln. Asano has found the back of the net on four occasions in the Bundesliga, scoring a brace in last week’s 2-1 away victory over Darmstadt.
He and his team will carry a lot of confidence from that game into this one in which a result here could be vital come the end of the season. Both sides have leaky defences, but Bochum have a player in Asano who can capitalise on Koln’s frailties and he could be the hosts’ hero on Saturday.
Bochum or draw (Double chance) and both teams to score – 23/20
Touching on both sides having leaky defences, we certainly feel as though there will be goals at each end in this encounter. Bochum have conceded 24 goals this term to Koln’s 22, so both sets of attackers will be fancying their chances when the two sides collide.
With home advantage you have to believe that if anyone can come away with the win here it’s Bochum. Both sides have shown how weak they are with just one win each this term, but Bochum have still picked up three more draws than the visitors.
That is why we think it is best to cover double chance as a lot of the evidence would suggest this could end in another stalemate for these two teams. But at 23/20, there is certainly a lot of value in this market.