RB Leipzig vs Augsburg
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 9 March 2019
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
RB Leipzig were not exactly… impressive last weekend, but they still got the job done, beating Nurnberg 0-1 away from home. With Timo Werner out due to illness, it was Lukas Klostermann who got his name on the scoresheet, scoring the only goal of the match late in the first half. Werner should be back for this game, which can only be good news for Leipzig. A month ago, they were several points behind Gladbach, sitting fourth in the table. Following Gladbach’s “one point from four matches”… suicide, and Leipzig’s eight points over the same four weekends, Ralf Rangnick’s side are now two points above Gladbach, sitting third in the table, looking perfectly capable of earning a Champions League ticket. Gulacsi, Klostermann, Konate, Orban, Halstenberg, Sabitzer, Adams, Kampl, Laimer, Poulsen and Werner, these should be the first 11. Haidara and Upamecano are out, while Demme and Smith Rowe were considered doubtful the day before the game.
Unbelievable… Augsburg had won just one of their last 14 Bundesliga matches before hosting leaders Borussia Dortmund last weekend, they had conceded 12 goals in their last three games, they looked pretty much doomed against one of the two best teams in the country this season, but… somehow they did it, they beat Dortmund(!) 2-1, making their fans (as well as those of Bayern Munich) happy. They sit 15th in the table, on 21 points, two above Stuttgart, who currently occupy the play-off spot. They have problems though; Hahn is suspended, and the day before the game, Finnbogason was considered doubtful, with rather few chances to beat the clock and make himself available. Augsburg are expected to start with Kobel, Schmid, Danso, Khedira, Teigl, Baier, Koo, Ji, Gregoritsch, Max and Cordova. Other than Hahn, Framberger, Luthe, Oxford and Schieber are also unavailable. Also, other than Finnbogason, Gouweleeuw, Moravek and Stafylidis were also considered doubtful the day before the game.
Previous five matches:
Nurnberg vs RB Leipzig 0-1
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim 1-1
Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig 1-3
RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0
RB Leipzig vs Wolfsburg 1-0
Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund 2-1
Freiburg vs Augsburg 5-1
Augsburg vs Bayern Munich 2-3
Werder Bremen vs Augsburg 4-0
Holstein Kiel vs Augsburg 0-1
Leipzig are visiting Schalke next weekend. Augsburg will be hosting Hannover (both Bundesliga matches).
RB Leipzig vs Augsburg: Head to head Stats
Two wins for the hosts, two for the visitors as well, in the four games between these two in Leipzig since 2011.
RB Leipzig vs Augsburg: Prediction
I expect Leipzig to look serious, efficient, and win the game, despite the fact that Augsburg just beat the Bundesliga leaders.
RB Leipzig vs Augsburg: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Leipzig win pays less than 1.40, I would risk combining that with “over 2.5 goals”. Like that, it’s at 1.95.