Augsburg vs. 1899 Hoffenheim 6/17/20 Bundesliga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Augsburg 9-8-14, 1899 Hoffenheim 12-7-12
6/17/20 2:30 pm
Over 2.5 (-175), Under 2.5 (+137)
Augsburg is hosting 1899 Hoffenheim at WWK Arena in round 32 of German Bundesliga.
Augsburg is having a decent season and they are in 13th place in the standings with 35 points, outside the relegation zone, but with 9 possible points left in Bundesliga, Augsburg is still in danger. In their last 6 games in Bundesliga, Augsburg has won 2, lost 2, while the other two ended in a draw. Offensively, Augsburg was surprisingly good this season with 42 scored goals, but their defense needs work as they conceded 57 goals. In their last Bundesliga match against Mainz on the road last weekend, Augsburg has had only 34% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and extremely low 57% of the correct passes. Augsburg scored the leading goal in the first minute of the match and was successfully defending after that. Augsburg has won this game 0-1. Niederlechner has scored 12 goals and added 6 assists for Augsburg this season and is their best player, while Max scored 8 goals and added 5 assists. Asta, Moravek, and Jensen are injured and will not be in the lineup for this game. I think Augsburg is a decent team that focuses on defense in the majority of their games, and I think they will stay in Bundesliga next season as well.
Hoffenheim is in 7th place in the standings with 43 points, which is the last spot that leads into the Europa League, but Freiburg is only 1 point behind, while Schalke is 4 points behind. Eintracht and Hertha are also close to Hoffenheim and their Europa League hopes. Hoffenheim has scored 42 goals so far this season, while they conceded 52 goals, which is a lot and Hoffenheim is lucky to be where they are. Of their last 6 matches, Hoffenheim has won 2, lost 2, while the other two ended in a draw, identical form to Augsburg. Kramaric has scored 7 goals for Hoffenheim, while Baumgartner added 6 goals. Beldofil and Adamnyan are injured and will not be in the lineup. In their most recent Bundesliga match against Leipzig at home, Hoffenheim was solid with 50% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, and 75% of the correct passes. I would dare to say that Hoffenheim was the better team in this match, but their defense got the better of them once again and Hoffenheim lost this game 0-2. Hoffenheim needs another point or two to secure their Europa League spot, and I think they will get it with a little bit more focus in their last three games of the season.
Hoffenheim hasn’t lost any of their last 5 away games, while Augsburg hasn’t won any of their last 5 home games. I would say that Hoffenheim is the better team here, at least offensively, but Augsburg has defeated them at home before. Both Augsburg and Hoffenheim could use a win to secure their positions this season, but I think Hoffenheim gets this one.