Borussia Dortmund Vs Augsburg: The Match in Details
Borussia Dortmund face FC Augsburg in the 24th Matchday of the German Bundesliga this Monday in the Signal Iduna Park. The previous fixture between these two clubs ended in a 1:2 win for the yellow and black’s. Can the Bavarians turn things around in Dortmund with a win? We will see. So let’s talk about this encounter in brief.
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.
Timings: 1:00AM(IST, Tuesday), 8:30PM(Local Time), 7:30PM(GMT)
Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund is doing great in the league after the arrival of Peter Stoger and he is yet to lose a league match with Dortmund. After a draw in Italy, Dortmund return home to fight for the second spot in the league and keep their Champions League hopes alive. Dortmund have always had good performance against Augsburg and would love to keep the record going. In the previous league match against Gladbach, Dortmund had 28 shots shot towards their goal but they didn’t concede, courtesy an unbeatable Roman Burki in the Dortmund goal. This many shots towards their goal simply explain the lack of proper defending by Dortmund which they will have to take care of in this game.
Dortmund fans would be happy after the return of Marcel Schmelzer who came off the bench this Thursday in Italy and scored the equalizer and is also expected to start on Monday replacing Jeremy Toljan. 17 year old Jadon Sancho returned training recently but is least expected to be a part of this game. It is not confirmed whether Kagawa will be a part of this squad or not.
Predicted 11: Bürki, Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Schmelzer, Weigl, Castro, Reus, Götze, Schurrle, Batshuayi
FC Augsburg: After a disappointing performance against Stuttgart in the previous matchday which was more or less a one sided game for the away side, Augsburg will like to turn things around against Dortmund this Monday. With only 7 points away from a potential European spot, this match will prove vital for Augsburg to keep their European hopes alive next season where they last reached in 2015. Augsburg coach Manuel Baum in his recent press conference said that, “Dortmund have hit their stride again recently and they’ve had a lot of top quality players return from injury. We’re going to need to perform to our best ability.”
Augsburg will be without their key midfielder Daniel Baier due to a yellow card suspension which might see Jan Movarek start alongside Rani Khedira in midfield and their main point of concern will be the absence of their top scorer Alfred Finnbogason who is the closest challenger to the top scorer spot currently held by Robert Lewandowski and will be missing this game due to a calf injury.
Predicted 11: Hitz, Framberger, Danso, Hinteregger, Max, Khedira, Moravek, Heller, Koo, Caiuby, Gregoritsch
Recent Form(All Competitions):
Borussia Dortmund: WWWWD
FC Augsburg: LDWLL
Last 5 matches Head to Head:
Dortmund won: 3
Augsburg won: 0
-Augsburg have won only one match against Dortmund and that took place in 2015 in Dortmund(Match ended 0:1).
-Augsburg have not scored in their last 2 Bundesliga games.
-Dortmund have won their last 4 Bundesliga games in a row.
-Burki had a record of 11 shots saved against Gladbach.
Well this match will be tough as both the teams are fighting for a European Spot next season but overall Dortmund have the upper hand and we can expect some goals from this game.