Schalke fell for some good footballing lesson in Dortmund last time out in the Ruhr derby, and will now look to get back to winning ways against Augsburg.
Date: Sunday, May 24
Schalke 04 have now failed to win any of their last eight league games after they were thrashed 4-0 by Borussia Dortmund last weekend, and that was their third defeat in their last four in the Bundesliga.
On a more precarious note, The Royal
Blues have scored only two goals in all of that last eight league games, conceding 19. Sitting in eighth and just two points away from sixth, they still have a chance of picking up an Europa League spot but then, they will need some significant turnaround in fortunes.
Augsburg, on the other hand, are on a
four-game losing run in the German top flight, with Fuggerstädter suffering a 2-1 defeat to Wolfsburg on resumption of football in the division.
They will put up a lot of resistance in this one, however and with as many as nine points separating them from the drop zones, Heiko Herrlich who will return to the dugout after his suspension for violating quarantine rules, and his team will approach this one yet with less pressure and a bit of confidence.
The duo of Amine Harit and Jean-Clair Todibo both picked up injuries in the derby defeat last weekend and so will sit out this one.
Omar Mascarell is still on his way back from an abdductor tear while Benjamin Stambouli and Daniel Caliguiri could return.
Ozan Kabak is still struggling with his back injury and is a doubt here.
Simon Asta has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear.
Alfred Finnbogason is nearing a return from a knee injury but André Hahn is still rated as doubtful.
Head to Head
Schalke have won ten of the last 18 competitive meetings in history, losing only once to Augsburg. Seven encounters had ended as draws.
Schalke last five games in all competitions: DLLDL
Augsburg last five matches in all
Given the dearth of goals for these two sides in recent games, there can be little to suggest we get to see a lot of goals from this one too. Augsburg have failed to score in their last four away games while their opposition have not done so in six of their last eight in the division.
A ‘NO’ for the Both Teams To Score market is priced at odds of 6/5 and is one option worth considering for this game.
In the same vein, backing under 2.5 match goals looks promising should there be little goals on show come Sunday. Punters can grab that market at odds of 37/40 to complete the picks here.