FC Augsburg – RB Leipzig SOCCER PICKS
Augsburg and RB Leipzig meet at WWK Arena, in a match for the 8th round of the Bundesliga. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 09-02-2018, ended with the RB Leipzig win by (2-0).
After 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, the home team is currently in the 10 th position, with 8 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Borussia Dortmund by (4-3), after in the previous match they have won (4-1) at home, against Freiburg. In the last 10 home matches Augsburg has won 4, tied 2 and lost 4. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have always conceived goals in the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored a regularity, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 7 matches for this competition.
Augsburg is going through a moment of instability in the German Championship. He conquered only 1 victory in the last 6 rounds and is looking for a recovery to get away from the relegation zone. The team has an attack of good efficiency, which scored 14 goals in 7 games, being the fourth best in the national championship, but the defense, on the other hand, suffered 13 goals and is the third worst, evidencing the imbalance between the offensive sectors and defensive, something that needs to be corrected for the rest of the championship. Playing in their stadium, as in the Saturday match, Augsburg won their first victory on the last day, with a 4×1 victory and it must be stressed that in the 3 matches they played in this type of situation, both teams scored, and that attacks a lot, but leaves many spaces in its defense. For the match against RB Leipzig, the team must maintain the alignment of the last day. Despite the defeat with Dortmund, he played well, scoring 3 goals in the opponent’s home.
The away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 14 points won, after 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Hoffenheim, by (1-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Nürnberg, by (6-0). In their last away match for the UEFA Europa League, they won by (1-3) against Rosenborg BK. In the last 10 away matches RB Leipzig has won 4, tied 5 and lost 1. The team has conceded goals in 5 of the last 7 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 44 of the last 50 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 14 matches, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 9 away matches for all competitions: they have scored 5 of their 12 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘); He suffered 5 of his 10 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The RB Leipzig is making a great start to the German championship, in which he fights among the top finishers. He comes from 3 consecutive victories and goes in search of another 3 points to try to reach the leadership, where is Borussia Dortmund. The team is characterized by a fairly efficient attack, which scored 16 goals, being the second best of the Bundesliga, while the defense still needs adjustments, since it has not yet presented the strength it can have, for the quality of its players more defensive. Playing as a visitor, as in this Saturday’s game, RB Leipzig usually acts offensively, but ends up leaving more space in his defense, so in the 3 games he played away from their domains there were always goals from both teams. For the match against Augsburg, coach Rangnick goes to the field with the same lineup that faced Nuremberg, by 6×0, on the last day, highlighting forwards Werner and Poulsen, both with 4 goals in the national championship.