Empty stadiums, distant celebrations, masked substitutes, and the sound of the ball piercing the net, that’s how European football marked its return when Bundesliga continued their campaign after a break of almost two months because of the coronavirus outbreak globally.
Although the fans weren’t behind their teams as the campaign resumed, the players ensured that they were all set and ready for the task they had been waiting for days. The intensity was at its peak on the first return day of Bundesliga and some of the teams clearly dominated their opposition and announced that they have come back to rule the world of football.
There were six games played in total on the return day of Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund thrashed Schalke by 4-0 at home. Hertha Berlin dominated Hoffenheim and beat them by 3-0. Wolfsburg had a fierce battle with Augsburg and managed to beat them by 2-1.
Dusseldorf and Paderborn ended up playing a 0-0 draw and RB Leipzig’s winning run was also shunned by SC Freiburg as they played out a 1-1 draw. The final match of the day was between Monchengladbach and Frankfurt and the former emerged victorious by 3-1.
A lot of happening took place on the Bundesliga points table as well. Leipzig’s draw and Monchengladbach’s win saw the latter climb up the ladder and take the third spot in the table. A total of two games will be played today in the Bundesliga, the first of which will pan out between FC Koln and Mainz.
Bundesliga Matchday 26: FC Koln Will Eye An Entry Into The Top 8
FC Koln and Mainz will take on each other in the first game of the second return day of Bundesliga. FC Koln are currently on the 10th spot in the Bundesliga points table with 10 wins, 2 draws, and 13 losses in the 25 games they have played so far in this year’s Bundesliga campaign.
Their recent form has been impressive as they have managed to clinch 3 victories in the last five games that they have played. Their most important victory came against Schalke when they beat them 3-0 and caused an upset. Their aim will be to get into the top 8 and stay in there until the very end for European qualification.
Bundesliga Matchday 26: Mainz Will Look To Stay Away From The Relegation Zone
Mainz are currently on the 15th spot in the Bundesliga points table. They have played a total of 25 games so far, wherein, they have managed to win only eight games. On the other hand, they have drawn two games and have ended up on the losing side for 15 times this season.
However, their form before footballing action went to a halt was much more decent and didn’t reflect the majority of the season. Out of the last five Bundesliga games they played, Mainz managed to win a couple of games and draw a couple more. Their aim going into the next game will be to stay away from the relegation zone.
Bundesliga Matchday 26: FC Koln vs Mainz Fantasy Tips
For FC Koln, Jhon Córdoba was their highest-rated player in their last outing against Borussia Monchengladbach and can be the captain of your fantasy eleven. Apart from him, Jonas Hector and Ismail Jakobs also had a good game and can be your fantasy eleven captain/vice-captain.
For Mainz, Robin Quaison had exemplary ratings in their last game against Duesseldorf and can be the captain of your fantasy eleven. Apart from him, Karim Onisiwo and Jean-Paul Boëtius are also good options as the captain/vice-captain of your fantasy eleven.
Bundesliga Matchday 26: FC Koln vs Mainz Predicted XI
FC Koln Predicted XI: Timo Horn, Kingsley Ehizibue, Toni Leistner, Sebastian Bornauw, Noah Katterbach, Jonas Hector, Ellyes Skhiri, Florian Kainz, Mark Uth, Ismail Jakobs and Jhon Cordoba.
Mainz Predicted XI: Florian Muller, Moussa Niakhate, Jeffrey Bruma, Jerry Juste, Bote Baku, Danny Latza, Jean-Paul Boëtius, Levin Oztunali, Aaron Martin, Robin Quaison, and Adam Szalai.
Bundesliga Matchday 26: FC Koln vs Mainz Live Streaming Details
The remainder of Bundesliga matches will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. After a break of two months, Star Sports will telecast live action of the Bundesliga on Star Sports Select 1/HD & Star Sports Select 2/HD from May 16 onwards.
How to watch Bundesliga in India online? Fans can also tune in to Disney+Hotstar to watch the live matches online, either on their official website or the app.