FC Köln - Gladbach

Germany: Bundesliga
FC Köln D. Ljubicic (55), M. Uth (77), O. Duda (78), S. Andersson (90)
RheinEnergieStadionFull time4-1
Gladbach J. Hofmann (74)

Modeste, Schwäbe, and 50,000 fans primed for derby day in the cathedral city

By Peter Vice

Ahead of Saturday's highly anticipated Rhineland derby, 1. FC Köln have confirmed that they've received clearance from the health department to welcome a full-house at the RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday. 

In terms of team news, the hosts have striker Antony Modeste rearing and ready to go. 

Head-coach Steffen Baumgart proclaimed the same of back-up keeper and former Danish Superliga star Marvin Schwäbe ahead of his big day. 

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As hosting 1. FC Köln prepares to host arch-rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach tomorrow, the Effzeh have clarified whether or not they would be able to fill their standing room bleachers in the wake of the latest COVID surge. Earlier today on twitter, the cathedral city club assured all fans that they had received permission from the local health department to allow everyone in under "2G" regulations.

The Domstädter were actually the first Bundesliga club to switch to "2G" entrance requirements earlier this autumn. The enhanced entry requirements has not adversely affected attendance at the Köln fixtures, with die Geißböcke leading the league in sell-outs thus far this season. 

As part of the club's ongoing public service work, anyone showing up at the stadium may receive a free COVID vaccination with just a photo ID. Team trainer Steffen Baumgart and the head-coach's of the city's other clubs--Olaf Janßen (Viktoria Köln) and Alexander Ende (Fortuna Köln)--have taken to the broadcast airwaves to urge local citizens to get vaccinated.

As for the match itself, the hosting NRW side officially confirmed that key striker Anthony Modeste is fully fit for the fixture after completing another full squad training session. At his Thursday presser, Baumgart also expressed confidence in young back-up keeper Marvin Schwäbe.

With Timo Horn ruled out long term, the 26-year-old gets set to make his Bundesliga debut.

"Marvin has been waiting in line and training well," Baumgart noted when asked about the former Brøndby back-stop prepared to start his first top-tier league match in his native Germany, "He also performed very well in the cup. He's ready."

FC Köln
20Marvin Schwäbe
2Benno Schmitz
15Luca Kilian
5Rafael Czichos
14Jonas Hector (C) ↪51
6Salih Özcan
28Ellyes Skhiri
7Dejan Ljubicic ↪82
18Ondrej Duda ↪82
11Florian Kainz ↪70
27Anthony Modeste ↪70
40Jonas Urbig
9Sebastian Andersson ↩70
13Mark Uth ↩70
4Timo Hübers
19Kingsley Ehizibue
22Jorge Meré
17Kingsley Schindler ↩51
21Louis Schaub ↩82
29Jan Thielmann ↩82
1Yann Sommer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi
25Ramy Bensebaini
7Patrick Herrmann ↪81
8Denis Zakaria
17Kouadio Kone ↪66
29Joseph Scally ↪81
23Jonas Hofmann
13Lars Stindl (C) ↪66
14Alassane Pléa
21Tobias Sippel
10Marcus Thuram ↩66
34Connor Noß
18Stefan Lainer ↩81
20Luca Netz ↩81
11Hannes Wolf
22László Bénes
26Torben Müsel
32Florian Neuhaus ↩66

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