Stuttgart – Augsburg | 07/05/2021

Stuttgart host Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday, with the visitors looking to put significant distance between themselves and the relegation zone. The hosts, meanwhile, can climb into the top half of the table with a win.

An untimely run of four straight defeats has ended Stuttgart’s hopes of qualifying for European football for the first time since 2013/14. Still, it’s their best top-flight performance after 31 rounds since 2012/13, with their +10 goal difference from the 76th minute till FT a factor in that – even despite failing to turn any HT defeat into a win this season (D4, L8 after trailing at HT).

Back-to-back defeats at the Mercedes-Benz Arena – but against top-five sides – have been damaging, although the hosts have picked up 77.78% of their Bundesliga home points in their last eight games (W4, D2, L2). Notably however, Stuttgart have dropped points in over half of their nine home league games that saw them score first (W4, D3, L2).

With just one point from four league games and with relegation still possible, Augsburg pulled the emergency brake and installed former coach Markus Weinzierl. Scoring has been the biggest issue this Bundesliga campaign, where their goal-a-game average has contributed to them failing to score in both halves in their last 13 league games (W3, D2, L8).

Having lost seven of their last eight on the road (W1) and entering this game on the back of three straight goalscoring failures, Augsburg are at least boosted by just one defeat in their last five games at Stuttgart (W3, D1). Averaging just 0.8 away league goals, only Augsburg’s first road trip this season saw them score more than once, while they’ve particularly struggled after conceding first (D1, L7).

 

Date: 07/05/2021
Time: 21:30
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart)
Pick for this match:
“Both teams to score YES” – @ 1.65( 1Xbet )

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