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Freiburg vs Augsburg

by Jacek Staszak on Bundesliga

Every league has its own yo-yo team, wandering around their first and second tier. Too small for one, too big for the other. And every such team has its own method of casting off this legacy and making it to a status of top flight perennials.

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Freiburgs dream over?

In Bundesliga there are some teams like that. Eintracht Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, but also not so long ago we had Freiburg, who’s decision to appoint Christian Streich, their former player and coach was a trigger for their splendid form in 2012/13. They’ve finished fifth, losing the last Champions League spot in the last game of the season against Schalke.

But first and foremost they’ve received many plaudits because of their relentless pressing and fluid passing game. That kind of game attracts not only the fans, but also scouts. And so Max Kruse and Jan Rosenthal, their attack partnership was ripped apart and they went to Gladbach and Frankfurt respectively.

Freiburg this term have lost their touch. The team that was so close to playing in the Champions League is now trying to avoid relegation, winning just four games this campaign sitting now third from bottom in the table.

Can’t stop Weinzierl

Augsburg, on the other hand, have taken Freiburg’s place as everyone’s second favourite team. They have never been relegated from the Bundesliga, but it’s worth noting that they haven’t played in it until 2011. Their budget is just 17 milion euros, third-lowest in the Bundesliga. Only Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg have less. But they’re ninth in the table, equal on points with Hertha Berlind and just three points off the Europa League spots.

Their success in mainly down to, as in Freiburgs case, Augsburgs manager. Markus Weinzierl has introduced a high-octane pressing game that makes Andre Hahn, Daniel Baier and Raul Bobadilla shine. Since late November, they have lost only twice in ten games.

They do have a problem though. Sascha Moelders, their striker and his first substitute Raul Bobadilla have just returned to the squad after injury and are not yet fully fit. Arkadiusz Milik, Polish striker loaned from Bayer Leverkusen is not yet at Bundesliga level, being too motivated and not skilled enough to be a valuable in asset even in Augsburg’s squad.

So who’s going to win in Saturday’s clash? Both of the teams want to pick up some points after their last week defeats. Freiburgs loss against Bayern perhaps was sort of a given, but Augsburgs defeat to Nuremberg a team that won just twice before and not once in first 18 matches might have been something of a surprise.

Recent statistics

Augsburg recent form looks quite interesting. They have scored exactly the same amount of goals in 11 games as they have conceded – 1.43 per game. Freiburgs form is worse, scoring 0,95 goals per game and conceding 1.9 in their last 10 games is way worse then the numbers from last campaign.

BETEGY suggestions

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Freiburg has too much to lose if they go all-in, plus it’s not the best way to go against organised Augsburg side, which, with their problems in the strikers department might have some issues with converting their chances. Either way, this game looks like a more of a uphill struggle for both sides.

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