Schalke 04 vs Augsburg (Bundesliga, 31.10.2014)

Bundesliga gets interesting this Friday as Schalke will try to inject some of their Champions League form into the domestic competition when hosting Augsburg. The teams are separated by just one point, yet the visitors are on the 9th place, while Schalke are on the 12th.

Schalke are undergoing a makeover under Roberto Di Matteo, and yet the same team that won in Champions League, without Boateng started against Leverkusen, and lost with 0-1. The Royal Blues put pressure only in the second half when it was already too late to look for the equalizer. Against Augsburg, Kevin Prince Boateng is set to miss out with a knee problem, while Matip is under doubt. With Höwedes back Schalke regained some control of their back line, which bodes well for the hosts keeping the unbeaten record.
Statistics wise, Schalke 04 are the favorites to win as out of the last 5 matches they won three, and the other two ended in a draw. Augsburg gained confidence after two consecutive defeats by winning against Freiburg and keeping a clean sheet in the process. Verhaegh put Augsburg ahead and Altintop doubled the effort to give the hosts a well-deserved victory. No new fitness problems worry the team that will go for the win against Schalke as they are just 2 points short of the Europa League place.

Both teams display problems in different areas of the field, but looking at the odds, it’s easy to spot the obvious favorite. Schalke 04 got 1.80 to win outright, with Augsburg getting 4.33 to produce an upset. Another draw got 3.60 odds and Schalke for both halves got 2.80 odds as opposed to Augsburg’s 6.50. We are betting 7 units on Schalke to score in both halves at 2.65 odds from Ladbrokes seeing as Draxler, Huntelaar and Choupo-Moting could either open or close a match.

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