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Preview: Augsburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Bundesliga clash between Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Augsburg host Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Friday, with the visitors looking to gain a positive result in order to move back into the top half of the table.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture, with Augsburg equalising late on despite having been reduced to ten men earlier in the second half.


Match preview

FC Augsburg's Laszlo Benes celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on March 6, 2021© Reuters

Augsburg suffered a disappointing defeat last weekend at the hands of Hertha Berlin, missing the opportunity to move 11 points clear of their opponents and the relegation zone in the process.

Things looked extremely optimistic for Heiko Herrlich's side after Laszlo Benes fired them into a second-minute lead with a superb first-time volley. Augsburg are very strong at holding onto leads, with their organised defence and threat in transition thriving in that situation.

However, Krzysztof Piatek levelled after the hour mark, before substitute Dodi Lukebakio stole the three points by converting from the penalty spot to provide Hertha with a two-point cushion above Arminia Bielefeld and the relegation zone.

While relegation looks an unlikely prospect for Augsburg, Herrlich will not consider his side to be out of the woods just yet given that they are only seven points ahead of Arminia, who have a game in hand against Werder Bremen this week. The 49-year-old will look to capitalise on Gladbach's recent poor run of form to potentially signal another season in the Bundesliga.

Florian Neuhaus in action for Borussia Monchengladbach on February 6, 2021© Reuters

Indeed, Gladbach have now taken only one point from their last five matches, having also been knocked out of the DFB-Pokal quarter-final by Borussia Dortmund and lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 knockout tie during that timeframe.

In short, it has been a disastrous period for the club, with the news that manager Marco Rose is set to depart for Dortmund in the summer clearly having a destabilising impact on results.

Die Fohlen were outplayed by Bayer Leverkusen, a side which they managed to narrowly finish above to qualify for the Champions League last season, last time out, with Peter Bosz's side enjoying 58% possession and 13 shots on their way to a 1-0 victory via Patrik Schick's 76th-minute winner.

With that defeat condemning Gladbach to falling into the bottom half, it is difficult to see where they go from here. Any aspirations of competing in Europe next season appear to be wholly unrealistic, while building for the future is also a very difficult enterprise with a manager who will not be a part of that remaining in charge until the end of the season.

Augsburg Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga form:
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Borussia Monchengladbach form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L


Team News

Germany and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Augsburg are likely to be without Iago, Alfred Finnbogason, Fredrik Jensen and Tim Civeja due to injury.

Herrlich may look to bring Ruben Vargas back into the starting XI to provide more attacking thrust.

Gladbach, meanwhile, will travel to Augsburg without Christoph Kramer after the midfielder sustained a ligament injury in the recent cup defeat to Dortmund.

Jonas Hofmann remains sidelined until the end of the month with a muscular issue, while Famana Quizera has a shoulder problem.

Augsburg possible starting lineup:
Gikiewicz; Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Pedersen; Strobl, Khedira; Caligiuri, Benes, Vargas; Niederlechner

Borussia Monchengladbach possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Zakaria, Neuhaus; Wolf, Plea, Thuram; Embolo


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We say: Augsburg 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

We can envisage a low-scoring draw between two sides playing without much confidence at the moment.

Both managers may be content to avoid defeat, with Augsburg moving a point further away from the bottom three and Gladbach jumping back into the top half.



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