FC Augsburg finished the home match against SC Freiburg in the 17th round of the German Championship. The hosts led 1-0 (Finnbogason 1), but on the 65th minute the guests had 3-1 on the scoreboard (Gunter 19, Petersen 47, 65). In overtime, Augsburg managed to score twice (Finnbogason 90 + 1, 90 + 3), so the match ended with a draw, 3-3.
After the end of the championship tour, the team coached by Manuel Baum is on the 9th place, right in the middle of the standings. The “Fuggerstädter” is 4 points of the Champions League and 9 points of the dam and the first relegable place. In the last three stages, the “white-reds” did not win any matches with 2 draws with Hertha Berlin (1-1 at home) and SC Freiburg (3-3 at home) and a defeat with Schalke 04 (2-3, shift).
For FC Augsburg, it would be important if he could win in the first match that he would play in 2018, because he would make 27 points and would be directly involved in the fight for a Champions League spot. In the next round, the group from Augsburg will play away with Borussia Mönchengladbach, a team that also fights for a Champions League position then with FC Cologne, also “outside”, which is the last place in the ranking.
In home games, Augsburg had 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats. The only teams to win the “WWK Arena” were Borussia Dortmund (2-1) and Hannover 96 (2-1). Although it has been a winter vacation for nearly a month, the hosts have many injured players, including Daniel Opare, right-wing defender of South Africa, Kevin Danso, left-wing Erik Thommy, Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason and South Korean striker Dong-Won Ji.
Hamburger SV ended the year 2017 with a defeat on “Borussia-Park”, being beaten with the score of 3-1 by Borussia Mönchengladbach. The hosts scored Hazard (9) and Raffael (74 and 79) while Hahn scored for the hosts (53). One round, the Hamburg team lost on their own ground by 2-1 in front of Eintracht Frankfurt.
The team coached by Markus Gisdol is going through a very weak period, having the last 4 stages 2-0 0-0 with SC Freiburg and VfL Wolfsburg and 2 defeats with Eintracht Frankfurt (1-2) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (1-3). After the end of the championship tournament, the group in Hamburg is ranked 17th in the standings, which is relegation, with 15 points. “Die Rothosen” have the same number of points as Werder Bremen, which is on the 16th place, which is the barrage and are two points to the rescue spot, which is FSV Mainz at this moment.
There will be an important match in Augsburg where HSV will try to win points or points to leave the relegation places as soon as possible. In the next round, Hamburger SV will play at home on the “Volksparkstadion” with the last 1. FC Cologne, and the goal is that at the end of the 19th round he will have 19 or 21 points in the standings. HSV had a very poor track record in away matches, in which it suffered 6 defeats in 8 games. The rest had a 1. FC Cologne victory (3-1) and a draw with SC Freiburg (0-0).
The players do not have a very good moral, but they come after the winter break when they have time to think about the mistakes made in the championship tour and are determined to have much better results in 2018. The Augsburg match will not play the central defender Bjarne Thoelke and the far right Nicolai Müller, players who have broken ligaments and are in recovery.
Prediction Today: Hamburger SV over 0.5 goals