Prediction and odds for the game: Schalke (evens) v Augsburg (13/5)
We are backing the home win
When: Sunday, 24th May 2020, Kick-off 12:30
Where: The Veltins Arena
On Sunday afternoon, Schalke will look to get their bid for a top-six finish in the Bundesliga back on track when they welcome Augsburg to the Veltins Arena.
David Wagner’s team are hoping to finish in the European spots in the Bundesliga this season. However, the Royal Blues have suffered some woeful form before and after the enforced break.
A 4-0 defeat against Dortmund in the Revierderby last time out means that Schalke have failed to win in eight league games, while also claiming just one victory in 11 matches in the German top-flight. The poor form has seen the home side slip to eighth in the table, two points off the top-six spots.
One of the main reasons for Wagner’s team’s struggles of late has been a lack of goals. A record of just two goals in their last eight league matches is not one of a top-six team, more like relegation candidates.
Schalke have been hard to beat in the Bundesliga at the Veltins Arena, having suffered just one league defeat in their previous 12 outings. However, they have also claimed just one win in their last five home outings in the German top-flight. Their recent league matches on home soil have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their previous six games.
One positive for Schalke is that they are unbeaten in eight competitive meetings with the visitors.
The visitors still have work to do to avoid being sucked into the battle for survival. Heiko Herrlich’s team are just four points above the relegation play-off spot. They head into this clash on the back of a six-game winless run in the Bundesliga. A 2-1 home defeat by Wolfsburg last time out in the German top-flight was their fifth defeat in their previous six league matches.
The visitor’s main problem of late in the Bundesliga has been their leaky defence, as they have conceded at least twice in their last four league matches. Only the bottom two teams and 15th place Mainz have conceded more Bundesliga goals than Augsburg this season.
Herrlich’s side has been travel sick of late in the German top-flight, suffering five straight away defeats while failing to score in their last four league matches on the road. To make matters worse they have also conceded at least two goals in their last six matches on their travels in the Bundesliga.
Both teams head into this clash in terrible form. However, we are backing the home side to edge this match. We are also backing under 2.5 goals scored, as Schalke have struggled for goals in general, while Augsburg have been goal-shy on their travels.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at evens and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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