Freiburg v Augsburg – Schwarzwald-Stadion at 14:30 GMT
Freiburg were unable to put any daylight between themselves and the relegation zone after the teams played out an entertaining 0-0 draw with Schalke last Saturday in a game both teams ended with 10 men.
The Breisgau-Brasilianer made the trip north sitting just one point ahead of Schalke in the Bundesliga table and, in the first half, there was little to choose between the sides. The pair were restricted to efforts from distance, although a Schalke red card on the stroke of half-time gave Freiburg the initiative.
At the start of the second period, Freiburg coach Christian Streich made a double change, introducing Jerome Gondorf and topscorer Gian-Luca Waldschmidt as his team looked to capitalise on their numerical advantage. The visitors were able to edge possession but, just as in the first half, unable to threaten Schalke.
Christian Gunter received his marching orders for a second bookable offense late on as the Breisgau-Brasilianer were left frustrated in Gelsenkirchen. Streich’s side have now picked up only three points from five games in 2019 and will look to earn only a sixth league success in 2018/19 when Augsburg arrive here.
Augsburg undone in the derby
Few gave Augsburg a chance against regional rivals Bayern Munich last Friday. The Bavarians were missing a catalogue of key players but were gifted the perfect start when Leon Goretzka inadvertently turned Philipp Max’s cross into his own net after a matter of seconds.
Bayern bounced back soon after, although Augsburg notched an almost identical goal to their first, only this time Dong-Won Ji was the beneficiary of Max’s cut-back to retake the lead. However, the defending champions found their range thereafter and deservedly scored twice to seal maximum points with a 3-2 win.
That loss was Augsburg’s ninth in 12 Bundesliga battles and leaves the Fuggerstädter only one place and three points above the relegation play-off place in Germany’s top-flight. With seven defeats in 11 on the road in 2018/19, Manuel Baum knows the importance of a positive performance on Saturday.
Goal glut forecast
Despite the recent toils of both teams, goals are expected at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. Over 2.5 Goals can be snapped up at 1.97 and has paid out in 13/22 (59%) of the duos combined home/away encounters this season – those matches have averaged 3.14 goals per-game.
Collectively, Freiburg and Augsburg have kept three clean sheets in that 22-game sample, scoring in 16 outings – 14 contests featured goals at both ends and with eight going on to produce at least four goals, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a goal-heavy game has been overpriced here.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.970
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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