Union Berlin are currently ninth in the Bundesliga table, two points behind seventh-placed Koln, with both teams bidding to secure top-half finishes this term.
Union Berlin suffered a 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich before the international break, and they have only actually won one of their last seven Bundesliga matches, suffering five defeats in the process.
Die Eisernen are still in the top half of the division, though, collecting 38 points from their 27 matches, which has left them in ninth spot, just two points behind their opponents on Friday night.
Union Berlin have been strong in front of their own supporters this season, picking up 25 points from their 13 matches, but they will be taking on a Koln outfit that have lost just four of their 13 away games this term, and the visitors are also above them in the table.
Urs Fischer’s side, who finished seventh in Germany’s top flight last term, have a busy April, playing five times in the league, including a clash with Hertha Berlin on April 9.
Union Berlin recorded a 2-1 victory when they welcomed Koln for the corresponding match last season, although the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in Cologne earlier this term.
Koln, meanwhile, have only lost one of their last five in the Bundesliga, beating Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Borussia Dortmund in their last two games at this level of football.
The two-time German champions finished 16th in the Bundesliga last season, leading to them needing to win a relegation playoff to retain their status in the top flight.
Koln have no relegation fears at this stage of the 2021-22 campaign, though, as an impressive season has seen them pick up 40 points from their 27 matches to sit seventh in the table.
Steffen Baumgart’s side are actually only five points behind fourth-placed RB Leipzig, and their last two results against Leverkusen and Dortmund should mean that confidence is high in the camp.
Koln, as mentioned, have picked up points in nine of their 13 away league matches this season, but they have lost four of their last five Bundesliga games against Union Berlin.
We say: Union Berlin 1-1 FC Koln
The two teams played out a draw in the reverse match earlier this season, and we can see another stalemate here. It is always difficult to predict games straight after an international break, and we have had to sit on the fence somewhat, backing a low-scoring draw.