Hoffenheim – Augsburg | 07/12/2020

Hoffenheim entertain Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Monday with the hosts looking to overtake their opponents in the table with a victory. Augsburg won this fixture 4-2 in a hugely entertaining affair last season.

Hoffenheim bravely recovered a point against Mainz last weekend, after becoming the first Bundesliga side this season to reach an overall tally of two red cards. However, they are still winless in seven league fixtures (D3, L4), and with no Bundesliga clean sheet this term (W2, D3, L4), this is their worst nine-game start to a top-flight campaign since 2015/16.

The hosts’ average of two goals per home league game is a positive, but they’ve only led one such fixture at the break (HT: W1, D2, L1), stunting their momentum. Late action is certainly possible though, as seven (70%) of ten second-half goals their Bundesliga matches produced here this campaign have come after the 75th minute.

Augsburg have scored six league goals out of 11 (54.55%) in that same late period, including an 80th minute equaliser against Freiburg last time out (Nov 28). Inconsistent thus far (W3, D3, L3), their matches won/lost have all been decided by two or three-goal margins either way.

Winning a paltry average of 1.75 corners per away league game so far, Augsburg are yet to score a league goal before the 40th minute on the road this term. They did so en route to a 4-2 Bundesliga win here last season, but that was their first competitive away win against Hoffenheim in 12 attempts.

Augsburg may not always be the easiest team on the eye, but they are undoubtedly a very tough side to beat. Despite being far from their best, Herrlich’s side dug in, with Ruben Vargas’s deflected effort sneaking inside Florian Muller’s near post to leave both sides with a creditable point apiece.


Date: 07/12/2020
Time: 22:30
Venue: PreZero Arena (Sinsheim)
Pick for this match:
“1” -@ 1.80 ( 1Xbet )

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