• Hoffenheim had gone nine Bundesliga games without a win against Köln (D5 L4) before beating them 4-0 earlier this season. They won their first two top-flight matches in Cologne but haven’t been victorious there since (D2 L2).
  • TSG have a comfortable 11-point cushion separating them from fifth position. They can secure a top-four finish this weekend if they beat Köln and Hertha fail to win against Wolfsburg.
  • Köln have lost six of their last 10 matches (W2 D2) – twice as many as in their first 19 game combined (3). Furthermore, they have conceded 20 goals in that period – four more than in the first 19 matches of the campaign.
  • TSG have picked up 20 points from their last nine matches and are enjoying their best Bundesliga season to date (54 points from 29 matches; previous best was 45 in 2008/09).
  • Köln have lost just two home matches this season (W7 D5), however, both losses came in their last four in Cologne (W2). They conceded eight goals in those games – as many as in their 13 previous matches in front of their own fans combined.
  • Hoffenheim have won just one of their last six Bundesliga away matches (3-1 in Berlin on MD26’s Friday-night fixture, otherwise D2 L3). TSG have managed just one clean sheet away from home in 2017 (2-0 win vs. FCA).
  • Hoffenheim ended the first half of the campaign with a five-game unbeaten run (W2, D3), whereas Köln were winless in the same period (D4, L1 – 4-0 vs. TSG).
  • Köln conceded their ninth goal within the opening quarter of an hour this season in Augsburg – a league high. In fact, they have conceded in the opening 15 minutes in three of their last four Bundesliga matches, with all three of these games ending in defeat.
  • Hoffenheim’s Adam Szalai bagged a brace against Mönchengladbach, and now boasts three Bundesliga braces in 2017 alone – only Lewandowski (5) has more. Every time Szalai has scored in 2017, he has gone on to claim a brace in that game.
  • Anthony Modeste - who has been involved in 25 of 42 Köln goals this season (23 goals + 2 assists) - was a Hoffenheim player between 2013 and 2015 (19 + 3 in 55 top-flight outings).