The hosts have lost their last seven Bundesliga games, their worst streak since an identical run in 1999, though another defeat here would be the first time any Bundesliga side lost their opening seven league games in any given campaign.
That rotten run of form has prompted a change in management, with Heiko Butscher taking the reins for this clash on an interim basis. The new boss will be somewhat buoyed by the fact that Cologne had a midweek European engagement to contend with, so they will look to avoid making unwanted history by extending their positive home H2H record across the last four encounters (W2, D1, L1).
The Billy Goats could come unstuck
It has been a commendable start to the season by all accounts for Cologne, although they have reached a critical juncture in that they’ve never went four away league games unbeaten to begin a Bundesliga campaign since 1987/88, and that was the only time they had ever done it on route to a third-placed finish.
The H2H record in Bochum is perfectly split (W15, D12, L15), and we’re going to take a chance on Bochum picking up their very first point of the season at the seventh time of asking in a result that would stop a couple of historical records tumbling.
However, the hosts’ sloppy defensive displays suggest that they may need a couple of goals to achieve that feat, so we’re going for a small stakes selection on an entertaining 2-2 draw