Bayer Leverkusen vs. FC Köln preview: Who will prevail in the Rhine derby?
By Ben Sully @SullyBen
Bayer Leverkusen and FC Köln will look to claim derby bragging rights when they face off at the BayArena on Friday.
|Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
Bayer Leverkusen played out a goalless draw against Union Berlin last weekend to extend their unbeaten run to 14 competitive games. With four games left to play, Die Werkself are currently sitting in sixth position, but there is still work to do if they are to secure European qualification via the league, with Wolfsburg and Mainz in hot pursuit.
Die Werkself will travel to the Italian capital next week to face Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, but before they can focus on that crucial encounter, they must negotiate a tricky home game against Köln.
Home advantage could prove to be a deciding factor due to Leverkusen’s impressive form at the BayArena, where they are unbeaten in six games across all competitions (W5, D1). With four of those wins taking place in the Bundesliga, Leverkusen have the chance to claim a fifth consecutive home league win on Friday.