Borussia Dortmund – Augsburg (Betting tips)
Unbeaten in 2018 and classified to the eighth-finals of the Europa League, Borussia Dortmund defends this Monday, February 26, the vice-leadership of the German Championship. At Signal Iduna Park, Augsburg hosts the match that complements the schedule of the twenty-fourth round of the competition. The start is scheduled for 16:30 (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Borussia Dortmund
The game was scheduled for Monday due to the game between Dortmund and Atalanta in Italy on Thursday, February 22. The Germans, who had won the first match of the duel for the second phase of the Europa League by 3 to 2 in their dominions, drew the tie by 1 to 1 maintaining in the fight for the title of the continental competition.
In the German Championship, title is out of the question. Dortmund completed the twenty-third round with 40 points (11 wins, seven draws and five losses). The difference for Bayern Munich, leader, was 19 points. Virtually irreversible with 11 days to go.
So what’s left is to duel for the runner-up. The fight is intense and involves five clubs that are separated by three points. So it is quite likely that Borussia Dortmund will not enter the field on Monday in the vice-leader since all their closest rivals had games scheduled for the weekend. Frankfurt (39 points), Leverkusen (38), Leipzig (38) and Schalke (37) are also eyeing the position.
However, a win, regardless of the rivals’ results, will keep Dortmund in the lead at the end of the 24th round. Sign of club growth in early 2018. His last defeat was for Bayern Munich in December 20, 2017. It took 2 to 1 and was eliminated from the German Cup. Since then he has made seven official matches. He won four and drew three.
An improvement achieved despite many bruising problems. For this Monday, defenders Marcel Schmelzer (nine matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship without a goal) and Erik Durm (without performances) are doubts; Shinji Kagawa (18 matches, five goals), Maximilian Philip (11 matches, six goals), Christian Pulisic (21 matches, three goals) and Sebastian Rode (without performances); and striker Andriy Yarmolenko (16 games, three goals). They’re all turned over to the medical department.
Right is the return of midfielder Julian Weigl (16 games, one goal). Suspended by the accumulation of yellow cards, he can not face Atalanta, but should recover his place among the holders on Monday.
The current form of Augsburg
The dream of winning a place in the European tournament was further afield for Augsburg after defeats to Stuttgart (1-0) and Leipzig (2-0) in the final rounds. Standing at 31 points (eight wins, seven draws and eight losses), the team fell to eighth place and saw their disadvantage compared to Schalke, who in sixth place closes the block of classified for the Europa League, rose to six points.
It is not, of course, an irreversible situation. But to improve their chances the Augsburg have to stop the sequence of bad results as visitors. In the last four matches in that situation, he added just one point.
Coach Manuel Baum had a free week to prepare to face Dortmund, but he also faces injury problems. Defenders Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (20 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship without a goal) and Daniel Opare (17 matches, no goal) are in the ward; midfielder Marco Richter (two games, one goal); and striker Alfred Finnbogason (18 games, 11 goals).
History of the games between Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg
Dortmund have not lost six games to Augsburg. In this series, won four matches and were recorded two equalities. In the first round of the current season of the German Championship, as a visitor, scored 2 to 1.
Although Dortmund does not achieve the expected results in their domains and only appear as the eleventh best in the Bundesliga, Dortmund is still the most appropriate option. It has a price of 1.50 in Bet365. Draw pays 4.33 and successful visitor yields 6.50. Quotes were in effect at 19:53 on 2/22/2018.