Augsburg vs Liverpool by Gustav
Augsburg couldn't do much more in their 1:3 defeat at home against Bayern Munich last weekend in Bundesliga. Thier opponents were better, more active and much more concrete from the first minutes, taking the lead in 15th minute via Lewandowski, while the same player doubled up the lead in 62nd, with Muller sealing the victory in 78th.
All the hosts were able to do is to reduce the deficit in 86th minute via Bobadilla and they surely didn't deserve something more ouf of this game. This was fourth consecutive game without a victory for Augsburg, as the team remains in the relegation battle, but still above the red zone placed sides, having just a point more than play-out placed Werder Bremen. German side should be fielded up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bobadilla as number nine. Central defender Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker (10/1) is injured and out, same as midfielder Daniel Baier (18/0), offensive Jan Moravek (9/1) and central midfielder Piotr Trochowski (6/0). Doubtful remains central defender Jeong-Ho Hong (14/1). Alexander Esswein and Halil Altintop will probably be playing in starting lineup.
Liverpool surprised everyone with the style they had in their 6:0 away victory against Aston Villa as the players finally brought some joy to their fans after a run of really unreliable results. They already had double lead in the first halftime, via goals from Sturridge and Milner, while Can, Origi, Clyne and Toure impressed with their goals in the repetition. It was their first victory after two negative results, as the Reds remain three points below fifth and Europa League placed Manchester United.
Visitors will probably be playing in 4-3-3 formation with the attack consisting of Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge. Coach Jurgen Klopp will probably be tempted to field up a full strength side here, however goalkeeper Danny Ward might be making a debut here, since he impressed on his loan at Aberdeen. Central defenders Dejan Lovren (16/0) and Martin Skrtel (17/1) are both doubtful for this one. Defensive Joseph Gomez (5/0) is injured, same as midfielder Joe Allen (9/1) and offensive Adam Lallana (21/2) and Danny Ings (5/2).
Augsburg knows that they can't wait for the second leg played at Anfield and will need to make a offensive approach to this game - anyway that's what they usually do in front of own fans. Liverpool, on the other side, should also make a decent offensive game here, since they come from a morale boosting 6:0 victory against Aston Villa. Overall, I believe the chances for three goals or more are way better than 50%.