FC Augsburg vs. Borussia M’gladbach / Bundesliga – This is also a duel between two neighbours, but this time from the bottom of the table, where we might have expected the team of Augsburg, while Borussia M’gladbach is an unpleasant surprise. Borussia has two points more than its host, thanks to the victory in the last round, which interrupted a long negative series, which was particularly pronounced in the championship. Augsburg is still in the negative series of four matches without a win, but after three draws, they suffered a defeat in the last round against the last ranked HSV. So, both teams have six defeats, but Augsburg, unlike Borussia, plays even better away. Last season, the mutual duel between these rivals in Augsburg ended with 2-2, while Borussia celebrated at home with 4-2. Begins: 17.12.2016. – 15:30 CET
Augsburg is in big crisis and they can be happy that they are still above the relegation zone, with four points more. Somehow the results coincide for this team and the crisis of other teams, so they are from the beginning somewhere between the 11th and 13th position on the table, although they won only once in the previous nine rounds. They have mastered Ingolstadt as guests, the team that is below them on the table and they hoped that it might be the beginning of a positive series, but instead they entered in a new bad period that at the end cost their coach Schuster a job. He went after the last round lost in Hamburg, while they before that played a drew three times, of which twice at home.
They had to play better in Hamburg, especially because they at the end of the first part the hosts remained with one player less on the field. Later, midfielder Augsburg Kohr was also excluded and then in the finish the host scored a goal for a victory of 1-0. Inefficiency is one of the biggest problems of Augsburg and this is the main reason for their poor results, especially when we see that they did not receive a lot of goals. New coach Manuel Baum and it remains to be seen what it can be changed. They will probably Kacara, instead of the suspended Kohr and maybe the rest will be the same, since they have a lot of injured players, especially in the offensive part.
Probable lineups FC Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh, Janker, Hinteregger, Stafylidis – Kacar, D.Baier – Schmid, Halil Altintop, Max – Ji Dong
Borussia has finally in the last round failed to stop the series without a win, which lasted eight rounds in Bundesliga. It is unacceptable for this quality, but it is possible that the Champions League took up a lot of power, but there were some problems with injuries. At the end they were third in the Champions League and they will play in Europa League in the spring, and they will have a big fight now in the championship, first to move away from the danger zone, which was very close to them, and then try to reach perhaps the European position.
It is a plan that will not be easy to achieve, because this team plays in a spasm and for example they against Mainz in the last round had a lot of problems until center-back Christensen scored for 1-0, which was the final score. Coach Schubert has again decided to change the formation and play with four at the back and it was not bad, so he will not now probably change the game system, but they will make some changes in the team. Kramer returns after illness in midfield, and the Hazard could also be the starter, while Strobl and Hahn are moving on the bench. Traore, Herrmann and F.Johnsnon are still out of action.
Probable lineups Borussia M’gladbach: Sommer – Janstschke, A.Christensen, Vestergaard, Elvedi – Dahoud, Kramer – Hazard, Wendt – Stindl, Raffael
FC Augsburg vs. Borussia M’gladbach PICK
Both teams are struggling with their form and especially with the efficiency and then their we logically expect a great fight and one tough game in which there will not probably be a lot of goals and somehow a draw seems like the most likely outcome.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.75 at bwin (down to 1.65 can be played)