We have all been missing sports to a certain degree but given the popularity of soccer on a global scale, it would be easy to argue that it’s the one sport that has been missed more than most. The good news is that while some leagues, notably in France and Scotland, have cancelled their seasons, others are opening up to finish things off. It looks as though Serie A and the English Premier League will be the next to get back to action, joining the Bundesliga, who are set to play their second week back, albeit still behind closed doors. It was fun to be able to tune in to professional soccer again last week, although there is something a little strange about watching games being played in empty stadiums. That, for now, is the new normal and something that we need to get used to for the time being. Still, we have another full weekend of Bundesliga play to look forward to, starting on Friday and continuing through to Sunday, which is when Schalke 04 will host Augsburg. Games between these two are usually very tight, so let’s take a look at how Schalke vs Augsburg might play out and their Bundesliga odds.
Schalke Vs Augsburg Game Info
Why bet on Schalke 04
It has been something of a disappointing season for Schalke, as they find themselves sitting down in 8th, albeit still within reach of the Europa League qualification spot that comes with finishing in 6th. The biggest problem for Schalke this season has been their inability to put games away, which is why they are sitting with 10 draws, the most of any team in the Bundesliga, from 26 games. Picking up the extra 2 points in even just half of those games would have had them in a comfortable spot, but as it is, they are 2 points back of Wolfsburg for that crucial 6th place spot. At home this season, Schalke are 5-6-2, scoring 16 goals and surrendering 18. It is not the best record by any stretch of the imagination, but just 2 defeats at home means that they are tough to take down in their own building.
Why bet on Augsburg
With 8 games still to play, Augsburg find themselves in a rather uncomfortable position in the Bundesliga standings. 2 of the 3 relegation spots have been all but confirmed, with Werder Bremen and Paderborn doomed to the drop, but that 3rd spot could be filled by any number of teams, Augsburg among them. They are 7-6-13 on the season, which leaves them on 27 points, just 4 ahead of the team currently sitting in the final relegations spot. Their current standing suggests that they have struggle all season, but it is their road record that is particularly jarring, with Augsburg going 2-3-8 away from home, scoring just 12 and surrendering 31. Their previous meeting with Schalke this season ended in a 3-2 loss at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The last 5 meetings between these teams have ended in either a draw or a single goal victory. I would imagine that we might be in for another tight one here, but you have to give the slight edge to Schalke at home.Pick: Schalke 04 2 Augsburg 1