Augsburg and Hamburger SV meet at WWK Arena, in a match for the 18th round of the Bundesliga. Hamburger SV won at home (1-0) the last time they met in this league edition, on 08-19-2017. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 3 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 30-04- 2017, for the Bundesliga, Augsburg won by (4-0). Halil Altıntop (28 ‘and 42’), P. Max (76 ‘) and R. Bobadilla (85’) scored the goals for Augsburg.
The home team is currently in the 9 th position of the league, with 24 points won, after 6 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Schalke 04, by (3-2). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Freiburg, by (3-3). For the league, Augsburg won 13 points out of 27 possible points, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in the last 9 home matches. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Augsburg, although they have only suffered a defeat in the last five days, do not go through a great phase in the German Championship, since they have not won for three games. In his last match, he played a very balanced game against Freiburg and after having let the opponent open an advantage by 1×3, he managed to reach equality in the final stage. As could be observed in that last day, the team is characterized by an efficient attack, which is now among the best eight of the competition, being among the five that end most. However, he has been left wanting in the quality of the pass, being the third most erra in the competition. It is likely that the coach will organize the team in 4-2-3-1, with highlight for Finnbogason, who scored the team’s three goals on the last day.
After 4 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses, the away team is currently in the 17 th position of the league, with 15 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Borussia M’gladbach by (3-1), after in the previous match they have lost at home, against Eintracht Frankfurt, by (1-2). The team comes to this match after a draw away with the Freiburg by (1-1). For the league, Hamburger SV won 4 points out of 24 possible points, after 1 win, 1 draw and 6 losses in the last 8 away matches.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 7 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-0 (3 out of 9 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In 17 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 9 times and never got the comeback.
Hamburg is still in a very difficult situation in the German championship and knows that it urgently needs a positive result to try to liven up the unfavorable moment it is going through, since it has not won four days ago and comes from two consecutive defeats. The last one was outside the home, against Borussia Mönchengladbach, in a game in which he did not have much consistency in midfield and left to desire in defensive terms, suffering another setback. The last four games showed the biggest problem of the team so far, the offensive sector, which is among the four worst in the competition, without having scored in nine games. Another weak point of the team has been the change of passes, an issue in which it has the worst average. Playing outside his domains, he owns the third worst campaign and in that condition possesses one of the least effective attacks. The coach has been testing several tactical formations throughout the championship, but must keep the Brazilian Santos as a reference in midfield.
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