With the Bundesliga once again taking center stage from behind closed doors this weekend, two of the top-flight strugglers will meet on Sunday afternoon when Schalke welcome Augsburg to the Veltins Arena.
Marking their return from the enforced break with what was a woeful 4-0 defeat against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund, Schalke find themselves in the midst of a woeful run of form during the second half of the season.
On the flip side, while David Wagner’s side might be searching for their first Bundesliga win since the middle of January, Sunday’s guests also find themselves on what has been a dreadful sluggish patch.
Also marking their return to action with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at home against European contenders Wolfsburg, Augsburg have lost their last four matchups on the bounce and still find themselves looking over their shoulder.
Even more worrying for the Whites, Augsburg have failed to land a victory against Sunday’s hosts since 2015 and were also hit with a 3-2 defeat when the two sides faced off back in November. You might be interested to know that a similar home victory can be found at 20/21 with Bet365 for this weekend.
Wagner’s attacking headache
Despite making their return last weekend desperate to reignite their European charge and pick up rural bragging rights, Schalke find the mood in their camp at a continued low after a derby day hammering.
Completely blown away by Borussia Dortmund and hit with a 4-0 hammering on the road, Head Coach and former Huddersfield boss David Wagner finds his position at the Veltins Arena under serious scrutiny.
Losing five of their last six matches across all competitions and without a win in 90 minutes in their previous 11 attempts, a huge part of Schalke’s recent rut has come thanks to some glaring issues in the final third.
Failing to ask any real questions of the title challengers last weekend, the Blues have remarkably recorded just a sole strike in their last seven appearances, their worst attacking rut in recent memory.
With no player in Wagner’s squad yet to reach double digits this season, you might be interested to know that a gun-shy Schalke can be found priced as high as 10/3 with Paddy Power to draw yet another blank on Sunday afternoon.
Left heartbroken after watching Wolfsburg grab an injury-time winner on their return to action last weekend, Augsburg, much like Sunday’s hosts, find themselves in the midst of their own crisis.
Still looking over their shoulder at the drop zone and enduring their worst run of the season so far, the Whites have lost their last four Bundesliga matchups on the bounce and the mood in their camp remains at a worrying low.
Collecting just a sole Bundesliga victory since opening 2020, it is no surprise that Head Coach Heiko Herrlich will have a growing headache over his side’s continued issues at the back.
Shipping another pair of goals at home against the European contenders last weekend, Augsburg have now conceded at least a pair of goals in each of their last four defeats on the bounce and have failed to record a Bundesliga clean sheet since the middle of December.
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