26 January 2019
Borussia Monchengladbach welcome an out-of-form Augsburg side to the Borussia-Park in what will be a must-win game for Dieter Hecking’s crew.
One defeat and one draw in their last four Bundesliga fixture have seen Borussia Monchengladbach slipping down to third place, as they now have to clinch a victory to prevent Borussia Dortmund from walking away with the title. The Borussians are the only team in the German top tier to secure a maximum of 24 points at home so far. Furthermore, their tally of just three goals conceded at home is a league high, with Dieter Hecking’s men keeping a clean sheet in five of eight Bundesliga home clashes. Not only the Foals scored over 1.5 goals in every single home game this season, but they’ve managed to bag over 2.5 goals per match five times in the process. However, Borussia Monchengladbach have problems playing against Augsburg, as they’ve only managed to secure one victory in their last six H2H Bundesliga meetings (W1, D4, L1).
Meanwhile, the visitors are struggling to find a way out of a severe crisis, as they currently sit just one point clear of the relegation zone. The Fuggerstädter’s last Bundesliga triumph dates back to late October. Manuel Baum’s players have failed to wrap up all three points in their last nine league outings (D3, L6). Augsburg’s poor results are closely related to the awful defensive displays that have seen them failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 consecutive games across all competitions. What’s more, only four teams have shipped more goals than the Fuggerstädter (31) this campaign. Uncomfortable away from home (W2, D2, L5), they are yet to keep a clean on the road this season. Moreover, a lack of quality in the final third has resulted in Augsburg scoring one goal or less in six their last eight Bundesliga clashes.
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