RB Leipzig VS Augsburg Prediction
After a really eventful week in both major UEFA club competitions, weekend knocks on the door and German Bundesliga is usually one of the most followed stages in European football. Matchweek 6 there begins with a clash at the “Red Bull Arena” in Leipzig where the only representative of former East Germany aims to maintain its unbeaten form, but Augsburg arrives after two cleansheets in last two Bundesliga rounds. These traditional Friday night encounters in German Bundesliga are an excellent way to start your weekend betting marathon and our betting experts have prepared detailed review, as well as prediction, for the first ever Bundesliga clash matching RB Leipzig vs Augsburg.
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Head-to-head history: RB Leipzig vs FC Augsburg
The Red Bulls from Leipzig and guests from Bavarian city Augsburg already have some brief history which dates from the DFB-Pokal, where Augsburg played the role of a Bundesliga side visiting its lower division opponent. Now both sides are in top flight of German football and RB Leipzig are eager for another positive result, which can end the negative streak they hold against Augsburg. “Fuggerstädter” have won their both previous visits in Leipzig as first one from them was in October 2011 (1-0), while previous one was in August 2013 (2-0).
RB Leipzig vs FC Augsburg – Team News and Match Preview
Everyone in Leipzig believed that club won’t fight for relegation and that ambitious Bundesliga project of a famous brand Red Bull starts in a magnificent way. Indeed, RB Leipzig suffered a disappointing defeat by regional rival Dynamo Dresden in their first German Cup fixture, which met both sides from the major cities in federal state of Saxony. There isn’t any particular historical rivalry between both clubs since RB Leipzig was found only seven years ago – in 2009, but Dresden is capital of the state while Leipzig is the largest city in Saxony, so that game was something special. Especially when we consider the overall attitude of fans across different Bundesliga venue towards the newly found club from Leipzig. Anyway, that’s not our business and we’re here to discuss football aspects of the clubs, their form, squad news and of course, to find the most reliable betting options. And when it comes to strong football organization, Leipzig can boast with some great results after opening five Bundesliga rounds,after which they are still unbeaten. “The Red Bulls” are set to kick-off their sixth Bundesliga encounter as the club on seventh position after two wins and three draws so far, making them one of the four teams which are still undefeated in season 2016-17 of German Bundesliga. Besides Bayern Munich, other clubs that can be pleased from such achievement are Hoffenheim and third-placed Köln. Exactly Köln was last opposition of RB Leipzig when on Sunday evening final score at the “RheinEnergieStadion” was 1-1 draw.
Augsburg occupy 11th position with two wins, one draw and two defeats after opening five Bundesliga rounds and Dirk Schuster’s men can also boast with a positive outcome of their DFB-Pokal engagement – 2:0 success against Ravensburg back in August. This keeps Augsburg on both domestic fronts but draw awarded they’ll play Bayern München away from home in the next round, only three days before their Bundesliga fixture. Not the best schedule… even worst available we can say. Never mind, let’s return to what’s on the corner, where we note another visit. Augsburg will cover nearly 430 km’s journey on North-East after two good results in last two Bundesliga rounds, winning four points out of six possible. Really decent record if we have in mind that draw was against Bayer in Leverkusen (0-0), while the 1-0 victory against Darmstadt 98 (Dirk Schuster’s former club) has been achieved last weekend.
RB Leipzig vs FC Augsburg – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
This will be third home match of Red Bull Leipzig in their very first Bundesliga campaign and so far Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men can be absolutely contented with their performances. RB Leipzig’s first ever Bundesliga home match was against the absolute favourites Borussia Dortmund and it has been marked by a tremendous result – narrow success for “The Red Bulls”, formed after a late winner scored by summer signing Naby Keïta. That success was followed by another great result in round three when Leipzig won against HSV and their victory at the “Volksparkstadion” in Hamburg was even more expressive – 4:0. Since then “The Red Bulls” remain without a win, but without a defeat as well. Except last round’s draw against “Billy Goats” from Kóln, RB Leipzig missed to take the scalp of another top Bundesliga side when Borussia M’Gladbach won a point after Fabian Johnson’s 84th minute equalizer – 1:1 draw.
Visitors from Augsburg can be inspired by their away results so far, as except their 2-0 German Cup win against Ravensburg, Dirk Schuster’s side have won in Bremen (2-1 vs Werder) and avoided defeat in Leverkusen. This means their two defeats were at home and obviously Augsburg does better on the road.
Winger Jonathan Schmid is one of the players who can claim first-team football on Friday night, since he has the one who replaced his injured Paraguayan teammate Raúl Bobadilla last round. Latter joins Augsburg’s injury list and he’ll respectively miss journey to Leipzig, going alongside names of Marvin Friedrich, Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, Dominik Kohr and Caiuby.
Hosts from Leipzig cannot count to two of their “red bulls” – injured hot prospect and silver medalist from the 2016 Summer Olympics Lukas Klostermann, as well as to striker Terrence Boyd. However, Austrian boss of RB Leipzig Ralph Hasenhüttl can rotate his attackers on each position since competition is really high out there. Players like Marcel Sabitzer, Emil Forsberg, Timo Werner, Davie Selke, Oliver Burke, Yussuf Poulsen and captain Dominik Kaiser provide enough attacking options for the home side and we expect them to return within a 4-4-2 formation, compared to the 4-2-3-1 used against Köln last weekend.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Augsburg have shown us some good defensive efforts lately but we expect much more defensive issues for the club from Swabian Bavaria.
Red Bull Leipzig will do their best to put pressure on their opponents from the outset and we believe they’ll score more from Augsburg on Friday night. Our stake goes for victory of the home side – RB Leipzig to win against Augsburg.
Venue: “Red Bull Arena”, Leipzig.
Referee: Harm Osmers.
Possible starting lineups of RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg
RB Leipzig: Péter Gulácsi – Marcel Halstenberg, Marvin Compper, Willi Orban, Bernardo – Emil Forsberg, Stefan Ilsanker, Diego Demme, Dominik Kaiser – Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner. (4-4-2)
FC Augsburg: Marwin Hitz – Paul Verhaegh, Martin Hinteregger, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, Konstantinos Stafylidis – Daniel Baier, Gojko Kacar – Jonathan Schmid, Ja-Cheol Koo, Dong-Won Ji – Alfred Finnbogason. (4-2-3-1)