RB Leipzig vs Augsburg
Date: Friday, 9th February 2018
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
RB Leipzig are tipped as heavy favorites to bag three points against Augsburg, but our analysis say that this will be a tight contest.
The Bulls put an end to their two match win-less run with a 1-0 away win at Monchengladbach last week. The result does come as a huge morale boost for the team who has been largely inconsistent since December. A return of 2 wins from 8 matches is not an encouraging stat for a team involved in Champions League qualification race. Especially, when they are third in the standings and five teams behind them are at a 4 point gap.
Yet, Ralph Hasenhuttl can draw confidence from his team’s home record this season with only one defeat suffered in 10 Bundesliga matches this season. Besides, they average 2.1 goals per game at the Red Bull Arena.
Augsburg are coming with good spirits as well after thrashing Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in the six pointer for European spots. However, wins were hard to come by for Manuel Baum’s teams in recent weeks with only 1 win coming from the six games prior to the mauling of Frankfurt. They away form is underwhelming with the team riding on a three match win-less streak with 1 draw and 2 losses.
FCA are 7th in the league table and are one of the teams sitting at a 4 point gap with their Friday’s opposition.
RB Leipzig vs Augsburg: Head-to-head
Augsburg won 1-0 when the teams met earlier this season, helped by a 4th minute goal from inform midfield prodigy Michael Gregoritsch.
Leipzig were 2-1 winners in the corresponding fixture at RB Arena last season. The reverse leg at Augsburg was a thriller ended 2-2.
The only other meetings between the two sides happed in DFB Pokal during Leipzig’s days in the lower divisions. The overall h2h record from 5 matches in all competitions is 3 wins for Augsburg, a draw and win for Leipzig.
RB Leipzig vs Augsburg: Prediction
This match is there for Leipzig to win, only if they tight things at the back. The Bulls’ recent troubles in picking up wins is often down to their sloppy defensing. Augsburg, despite their poor away record comes with some lethal strikers up front. The Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason scored 11 goals for his side, while Michael Gregoritsch is just behind with 9 goals. So, it will be hard-work for the home team, but their fiery attack and skillful midfield is expected to guide the team to a narrow win.