Cologne were last edged 2-1 by Rhine Derby rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach but Markus Gisdol’s men had won each of their previous three games to open up a 14-point gap on the automatic relegation places.

Robin Zentner was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in his knee.

Line-ups

Cologne: Horn – Ehizibue, Bornauw, Leistner, Katterbach – Skhiri, Hector (c) – Kainz, Uth, Drexler – Cordoba

Mainz: Müller – St. Juste, Bruma, Niakhate – Baku, Barreiro, Latza (c), Mwene – Onisiwo, Quaison – Szalai

  1. Cologne would be fourth in the standings having won five of their last six Bundesliga home games, only losing to Bayern Munich.
  2. Mainz have lost all eight games this season in which they have conceded the first goal.

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