The football is in progress of the new era after the corona break. Yet, nothing seems to change for Schalke and Augsburg. Both were not able to end their negative trend yet last week when Bundesliga resumed. This weekend they are on the same mission, to improve their form and start picking up points to save their campaign this season.
Both teams’ latest news
The Royal Blues had to lose their seventh position on the table after another disappointing result in the Rhur derby last weekend. They were hammered 0-4 by Erling Haaland’s, Thorgan Hazard’s goal plus Raphael Guerrero’s brace. They were literally hapless without making any dangerous shot on goals during the game.
Augsburg’s result was no different. They did not succeed to secure a point while hosting Wolfsburg last weekend. Daniel Baier and Co were one goal behind first as Renato Steffen’s header went into the back of the net. Then, earlier in the second half, the Croatian centre back, Tim Jedvaj could equalise after taking the advantage of the set piece. Unfortunately, they were conceded at the 91st minute as Daniel Ginczek netted a winning goal.
David Wagner needs to opt for different formation than 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3 as he deployed previously. The 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation might enable him to optimise the potentials of versatile youngster in the squad like Weston McKennie Benito Raman, and Armine Harit. At the defense line, with the injury of Omar Mascarell, Benjamin Stambouli and Ozan Kabak, Matja Nastasic and Salif Sane could be picked alongside Bastian Oczipka and Jonjo Kenny as the wing back. In the midfield, Daniel Caligiuri and Weston McKennie would be the best option to accompany Suat Serdar, whereas at the front Benito Raman, Armine Harit and Ahmed Kutucu can be swapping roles as wide attacker or even false nine at the front. In addition, Wagner needs to put Alexander Nubel back in the line up after series of Markus Schubert’s terrible form lately.
Meanwhile, the former Dortmund striker, Heiko Herrlich might be employing 4-2-3-1 formation again or even better 3-4-3 with two attacking midfielders who can penetrate the penalty box either with short or long pass. Marco Richter and Ruben Vargas could be give the role to support the top scorer, Florian Niederlechner.
Players to watch
The home side counts on a number of players in the squad. Their top performers are Suat Serdar with his seven goals, the defender Salif Sane and two top assists provider, Armine Harit. Another notable one is the American Weston McKennie.
Augsburg, on the other hand, only has a few of key names in the squad such as Marco Richter, Ruben Vargas and Florian Niederlechner who has scored 11 goals and provided six assists. Another one they rely on is the brother of Sami Khedira, the defensive midfielder Rani.
Schalke’s gloomy period could end at this meeting if David Wagner does find a way to optimise his squad. It might not be an easy game for them but they should have all the advantage to at least seal a narrow win.
Armine Harit and Co are regarded as the slight favourite for this match. They are backed to win at 2.05 while Heiko Herrlich’s men’s win market is lower at 3.80. The draw result is at the value of 3.20.