Matchday 30 of Bundesliga this weekend will be ended by the clash to avoid relegation zone. Augsburg which is currently on the 13th of the table will be facing off FC Koln. They are just above Heiko Herrlich’s men with three points margin only. Both aim for sealing a win to keep them safe as well as improve their mentality since they share similar negative results lately.
Both teams latest news
Augsburg were unable to pick up a point while visiting Berlin last week. They were crushed by Hertha 0-2. Javairo Dilrosun and Krystof Piatek scored the winning goals while Florian Niederlechner and Co failed to convert their chances into goals.
Koln were no different while hosting RB Leipzig. They lost in a goal galore 2-4 at home. Patrick Schick, Christopher Nkunku, Timo Werner and Dani Olmo bagged a goal each. Timo Horn and Co only scored twice by Jhon Cordoba and Anthony Modeste. Such just extended their series of winless run since the restart.
Meanwhile, the former Dortmund striker, Heiko Herrlich is in favour of 4-2-3-1 formation again. However, the transition to 4-3-3 could be considered by playing two wingers, Marco Richter and Ruben Vargas, to support the top scorer, Florian Niederlechner as well as providing more additional men on the defense line with Rani Khedira, Daniel Baier and Eduard Lowen in the midfield. However, there are five names will be ruled out for this fixture including Andre Han, Jan Moravek and Albert Finnbogason.
Markus Grisdol might be deploying 4-2-3-1 formation with the transition to 4-4-2. Yet, he will not be able to have his best starting IX on the pitch as several key figures will be on the sideline, including Mark Uth, one of their last week’s scorers, the Colombian Jhon Cordoba, Rafael Czichos, Dominic Drexler and Marcel Risse.
Players to watch
Augsburg’s key figures in the squad this season are Marco Richter, Phillip Max and Florian Niederlechner who has scored 11 goals and provided six assists. Another notable name to watch is the brother of Sami Khedira, the defensive midfielder Rani.
Their counterpart, Koln, are in crisis at the front. With Mark Uth’s recent condition is still doubtful and the absence of Jhon Cordoba, Anthony Modeste is the only option left as the targetman. He might be playing alongside Florian Kainz, which is likely to be pushed forward. Another key man on the pitch is the German international Jonas Hector.
Augsburg vs Koln Prediction
The home side seems to be struggling to improve their finishing touch, which led to their failure to score in the last two games. In fact, their victory against Schalke two weeks ago could be considered as partly due to sheer luck since they optimised the free kick and took full advantage of two fatal blunders from The Royal Blues. This could be a chance for Koln to finally secure three points as they have better frontman. A narrow win for Markus Grisdol’s men will keep them away from the red zone.
The match is surely even yet Koln are the slight favourite. They are backed to win at 2.50 while Heiko Herrlich are priced to win at 2.75. The draw result is at the value of 3.50.