Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 8 December 2018
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Bayer Leverkusen are traveling to Cyprus in a few days, to face AEK Larnaca in a Europa League group stage match, but they have already qualified for the last 32 of the competition, regardless of what happens in their last game. Last weekend they failed to beat Nurnberg on the road (1-1), despite taking the lead in the first half. Heiko Herrlich is expected to have Hradecky, L. Bender, Tah, S. Bender, Jedvaj, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz, Bellarabi, Havertz, Brandt and Volland in the starting lineup, but with three… asterisks; Karim Bellarabi, Sven Bender, and Jonathan Tah, are not 100% certain to start, having dealt with different problems this past week. Finnish center-forward Joel Pohjanpalo has been out for some time now, injured. Greek center-back Panagiotis Retsos was extremely unlucky, getting injured in his first game after sitting out for weeks due to a previous injury. Leverkusen are 11th in the table, on 15 points.
Augsburg were left absolutely gutted last weekend, losing 1-0 at Stuttgart, despite being the better team on the field, practically throughout the match. They tried and tried to score, they finished the game on no less than 17 attempts, but… that’s football sometimes, Stuttgart kept a clean sheet, and took perfect advantage of one of their few real chances to score the winner. Augsburg are on 13 points, 14th in the table. They should start with Luthe, Gouweleeuw, Khedira, Hinteregger, Schmid, Baier, Gregoritsch, Max, Hahn, Finnbogason (he is expected to reappear, and, from the start, having missed the last two games), and Caiuby. On the other hand, Götze, Jakob and Moravek are injured, and Manuel Baum cannot count on them.
Previous five matches:
Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen 1-1
Bayer Leverkusen vs Ludogorets 1-1
Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart 2-0
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen 3-0
Bayer Leverkusen vs Zurich 1-0
Stuttgart vs Augsburg 1-0
Augsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3
Hoffenheim vs Augsburg 2-1
Augsburg vs Nurnberg 2-2
Augsburg vs Mainz 3-2
Leverkusen’s next game is at AEK Larnaca, on Thursday (Europa League). Augsburg will be hosting Schalke next weekend (Bundesliga).
Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg: Head to head Stats
The last three games between these two in Leverkusen ended in a draw. Before that, Bayer had four wins in a row.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg: Prediction
Augsburg have scored in all their away games this season, excluding last week’s, at Stuttgart, where, though, they created a series of chances. I’m backing them to score, and I’ll be surprised if Leverkusen don’t score as well.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg: Betting Tips
The hosts are considered big favorites to win, but I prefer to bet on something else; “over 2.5 goals and both teams to score” is at 1.83, paying better than Leverkusen’s win.