Augsburg vs Liverpool 02/18/2016 Europa League Preview, Odds & Predictions
Liverpool vs Augsburg
Thursday 18th February 2016 15:05 (ET)
The Line: Augsburg 11/4 Draw 5/2 Liverpool 11/10 See the Latest Odds
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Augsburg face off against Liverpool on Thursday with a place in the last sixteen of the Europa League on the line. Augsburg are having a poor year in the Bundesliga just keeping their head above water and are in fifteenth in the league. Augsburg need to get some positive results coming into the business end of the season and this competition is the only way that Augsburg could conceivably keep European football next season. Bobadilla is joint top scorer in the Europa League with six goals in the group stages and he will need to be watched by the Liverpool back four, who have been anything but stable this season.
Liverpool while defensively frail have some returning stars with Daniel Sturridge and Philip Couthino now fit again. Both make an enormous difference to Liverpool going forward and Jurgen Klopps side have been made heavy favourites for the tie. To be fair to Liverpool though they have been excellent at times this season and come into this game off the back of a confidence boosting 6-0 win over Aston Villa. The reds also know that this competition is almost certainly the only way into the Champions League and they will be looking to go all the way. In fact the Europa League could take precedence over the league if one or two more results go against Liverpool domestically. With a cup final on the 28th February there is a chance that Klopp will want to put this tie to bed here and rest his stars for that cup final.
Given the importance of the competition to Liverpool as a whole and the fact that next week's second leg preceeds Liverpool's League Cup final I think that Liverpool will go all out for a win on Thursday night and at 11/10 against a struggling Augsburg side I think that Liverpool will be one of the bets of the round here. So we're all in on a Liverpool win here.