FC Schalke will look to rebound from their derby loss last weekend when they host Augsburg at Veltins-Arena in the Bundesliga. The hosts start this round 8th in the points tally with 37 points, while the visitors are 14th with 27 points.
Schalke have been sliding down the table with poor results in the recent matches. That continued in their recent fixture when they were thrashed 4-0 by Borussia Dortmund. That loss made it eight Bundesliga games without a win for Schalke. During this sequence, Schalke have drawn and lost four games each. All these dropped points meant Schalke have lost their edge in the top-six. Regardless, Schalke are just two points behind the sixth-placed Wolfsburg and can still make a move up the table. One factor in Schalke’s favour is their home form that has fetched 21 of their 37 season points at this venue. Schalke have lost just once in their last 12 Bundesliga home matches, although they have drawn six matches during this sequence.
Augsburg start this round just four points above the bottom three, and are in dire need of stopping their rut. A 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg in the previous round made it four losses in a row for the visitors. They have now lost eight of their last ten Bundesliga matches, winning only four points during this sequence. Furthermore, Augsburg continue have a porous defence which remains a worry. They have already conceded 54 goals, which is the joint-third most in the league before this round. Of bigger concern is Augsburg’s away form which has so far fetched just nine of their 27 league points. Furthermore, Augsburg have lost their last five Bundesliga away matches and do not inspire the confidence in breaking that poor run.
FC Schalke have had to endure a poor loss at the hands of derby rivals Borussia Dortmund in their latest round. However, they will be buoyed by the poor record of Augsburg, who have been struggling to pick up points in the recent matches. With a great need to arrest their slide, we are backing Schalke to pick up a crucial win in this match.