Hertha vs Augsburg by PatrickBateman
Hertha are 7th with 40 points. They have the same amount of points as Koln, and a point less than 5th placed Freiburg, but with a game less. That means their hopes of Europe are still realistic. Their recent form has been underwhelming, having lost four out of the last five matches. They are currently on a three-game losing streak, with their latest result being 1:0 loss in Monchengladbach. The hosts have been a better team the whole game, and deservedly took all three points. Benes scored in 16th minute and we didn`t see any goals since then, even though both teams had their chances. Hertha will be encouraged by the return of Ibisevic who was suspended in the last game, while Brooks and Plattenhardt are questionable. Maier, Lustenberger and Schieber are out due to injuries.
Augsburg are 16th with 29 points. They are currently in the relegation zone, but they are only point away from 14th-placed Wolfsburg and with the same amount of points as Mainz. They are on a five-game run without a victory, with their latest defeat coming against Ingolstadt at home. Ingolstadt started the game better, and by the 35th minute they were 2:0 up. Cohen increased visitors` lead in 67th minute, and there was little time for Augsburg to get back into the game. Hosts scored two quick goals, in 76th and 81st minute, but that was all they could do, and Ingolstadt got valuable victory. For this game, Augsbirg will be without centre-backs Gouweleeuw and Callsen-Bracker, as well as Caiuby - all injured. While Kinteregger is suspended.
Hertha were defeated in their last three outings, and they will be desperate to bounce back here. They are still in contention for Europa League places, and they have to step up if they want to see the Europe next season. Augsburg are fighting to stay up, but their recent performances have been less than impressive. Besides that, Hertha is one of the best home teams in the league, and coming up against the team which has conceded in each of their last twelve league games, they should push up here. With their best scorer being available, and Augsburg having noticeable missings in defense, I expect Hertha to get three points here, easy way or hard.
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