For 1. FC Köln, the stark contrast in sporting fortunes between this season and last largely comes down the fitness of strikers Sebastian Andersson and Anthony Modeste.
Neither one of the veteran strikers were available to head-coach Markus Gisdol last year. Whereas the previous trainer frequently had to deploy Ondrej Duda as his lone striker, Steffen Baumgart reflected upon his luck at his Wednesday presser.
He also told journalists that both would start in Sinsheim on Friday.