Augsburg vs Bayern Munich Predictions, Betting...

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There are better opportunities for a side to get themselves back on track than against giants Bayern Munich, especially if you’re a club in a position like Augsburg’s. The Bavarians’ triumph over Mainz two weeks back proved nothing but a brief moment of relief for coach Manuel Baum, whose men lost 4-0 away to Werder Bremen last time out. With that being the only win in their last twelve Bundesliga outings (D3 L8), his side have fallen to within just three points of the relegation zone. To make matters worse, leading goalscorer Alfred Finnbogason – who netted a hat-trick against Mainz – is also a doubt for this big clash.
Reversely, after their 3-1 defeat to form side Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich were back to winning ways last weekend with a victory over Schalke to the same scoreline, a result that leaves them within five points of league leaders Dortmund. Veteran Thomas Muller will be hard pushed to get into the starting eleven for a fourth game running, following another strong performance from Real Madrid-loanee James Rodriguez. Coach Kovac may, however, look to make a few changes to give a few players a breather ahead of next week’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg away to Liverpool.
While this sounds somewhat ominous for the hosts, they won’t be without their chances. To their benefit, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expected to be sidelined due to an ongoing hand injury. Keeper Sven Ulreich has not kept a clean sheet in any of the five games in his absence and when looking back further over Bayern’s away records, they’ve actually only managed to keep out their opponents in two of their last ten competitive away matches (20%). Augsburg’s scoring record, meanwhile, while hit and miss on the road, has been very consistent at the WWK Arena. Not only have they scored at least one goal in all but one of their 10 home outings so far, but they’ve also found the back of the net against stronger defences like Gladbach and Frankfurt.
However, Augsburg’s own defence has been their weak link, and there’s no looking past that here. With Bayern very much in goal-scoring form, it’s tough to see the hosts getting a result against the reigning champions, particularly with star man Robert Lewandowski in good form. He’s already netted 18 Bundesliga goals against Augsburg – more than against any other team. There’s value to be had adding ‘both teams to score’ to a bet on the resurgent visitors – BTTS has landed in 80% of Augsburg’s home and 55% of Bayern’s away days after all – and going off that we like the look of a correct score prediction of ‘3-1 Bayern Munich’.

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