Augsburg vs Leverkusen by Gustav
Augsburg impressed a lot in the previous round of Bundesliga as the side won on the road against Werder Bremen 3:0 on Sunday afternoon. They didn't have much of ball possession, but were very concrete in attack getting double lead in last five minutes of the first halftime via Gregoritsch and Finnbogason (from the penalty kick).
Gregoritsch scored another one, back in 61st minute to seal the victory with the home side also being threatening at moments, but without being that concrete in the final effort. Augsburg is now at ninth position at the table with fifteen points earned which is just two less than Europa League placed Gladbach and the team surely wants to continue their positive momentum in this one.
Hosts will miss central defender Martin Hinteregger (8/0) due injury, same as forward Sergio Cordova (1/1). Couple of more players are sidelined as well, being long term absentees without performing this season.
It seems that Leverkusen finally has found their good form in Bundesliga, as the side now counts five consecutive matches without defeat, having three victories and draws against quite strong sides such as Schalke on the road and at home against improving Wolfsburg. In the most recent game, they managed to get a 2:1 narrow home victory over Koln last Sunday evening.
They didn't enter the game well and actually players of Koln took the lead in 23rd minute via Guirassy, but the players of Leverkusen did improve later on, especially in the second halftime when they deserved the victory and got it thanks to goals from Bailey in 53rd minute and Bender in 73rd minute. The side is now at eight position with the same number of points as Augsburg and surely want to get their third consecutive victory reaching the European exit this season.
Right back and sometimes central defender Tin Jedvaj remains long term absentee without performing so far anyway. Midfielder Lars Bender is doubtful having problem with foot injury.
- Leverkusen have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 away matches against Augsburg.
Both teams will enter the match with a desire to get the three pointer, I have no doubts about it. Since they both work better in offense than what their defensive lineup are reliable, both teams scoring and over goals seems like the most logical choice for this one. Leverkusen might be closer to get the victory, but for the moment I'm not convinced with them on the road.