Augsburg vs Gladbach by Gustav
Augsburg suffered a 2:1 defeat last weekend when they visited Hannover as the first halftime was pretty boring without chances on each of the sides, all until 51st minute when Augsburg took the lead with a goal from penalty which was awarded in a really strict way. However, hosts pushed a lot for the equalizer from then on, getting a equalizer with a bizarre goal nine minutes later.
Eventually, Augsburg lost with a goal conceded in 89th minute, as the team broke the run of three victories in a row in Bundesliga when they defeated Stuttgart, Nurnberg and Freiburg. Even so, they were able to quickly get back to the winning ways and overpower Pr Munster in the Cup game with a 3:0 result and get a qualification to the next round of the Cup competition. They have yet to draw in Bundesliga, having currently 3-0-3 record and being in the middle of the table. They will surely to to get another victory tonight, as the team opened the season in quite a good way and now might seek securing the Bundesliga status for next year much sooner than expected.
Home side coach Weinzierl might field up unchanged team in comparison to last week as striker Raul Bobadilla continues to be their only, already long term absentee.
Gladbach, on the other side, is coming from a easy earned 4:1 victory at home over newly promoted Braunschweig. They had opportunity to secure three pointer in an easy way and took it in style, opening the game strongly as they were 2:0 up already in the first halftime. Although visitors have reduced the score, that's all they could do, while the final score was sealed fifteen minutes before the end with the second goal from Raffael.
With this victory, they have earned nine points till now, being tied with four more teams at the table including their tonight's rivals. They might be even more fresh for this game, as the team was excluded from the Cup back in August and they had no Cup obligations this week, having more time to prepare for this one. They will surely have to improve performances away from home as the team currently counts three victories at home, but also three defeats away from it. Injured captain and left back Daems *5/1) will not be able to participate, while midfielder Xhaka (6/1) is serving a suspension with substitute midfielder Younes (5/0) also being sidelined for the match.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Gladbach's last eight games in the Bundesliga.
Unlike in previous season, Augsburg has made a right step into the new season and looks very dangerous, especially at home. No doubt that they are keen to show how far can they go, while Gladbach is coming from a very good performance and had a lot of time to see what's wrong in their away performances. Open game is expected with both teams netting couple of times at least.