Augsburg v Schalke: Augsburg play hosts as they fight off relegation
Augsburg v Schalke 04, Sunday 14:30
Despite learning of the confirmation that Raúl would be leaving the club at the end of this season, Schalke will be striving to get back to winning ways this weekend as Bet365 offer free bets, latest odds and a live stream service as they bank on The Miners to prevail in the trip to Augsburg.
However, the hosts have ample reason to inspire themselves to victory on Sunday too, as it is mathematically capable for Augsburg to secure Bundesliga safety this weekend if they secure a home victory.
The Fuggerstädter have lost only three of their last ten fixtures and deservedly pulled themselves out of the automatic relegation spots over the past month.
Jos Luhukay’s men have won three of their last seven outings and also two draws against Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund and really stating their case as a side to remain in the German top flight.
Stuttgart managed to earn a win the last time Augsburg were playing as hosts but before that, Sunday’s home side were enjoying an eight-match unbeaten streak, the kind of record they’ll be keen to revive this weekend.
However, Schalke are unlikely to show any sympathy for the Augsburg cause and with an automatic Champions League qualification spot on the line, will be confident of coming away with the goods.
Die Knappen are currently one point ahead of fourth placed Borussia Monchengladbach and with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich claiming the top two spots, will be maintain their third placed spot.
That being said, Huub Stevens’ side have lost their last two on the trot and will have to revive some of their earlier season form if they are to wrap up automatic qualification and play amongst Europe’s elite next season.
The Royal Blues have failed to score in just 16% of their games this season, netting an average of 2.13 goals per game.
Their defence has been less assured away from home though, giving Augsburg at least one glimmer of hope that they can look to exploit.
The hosts look set to be without Tobias Werner and Sascha Molders this weekend, both of whom are carrying knocks.