Both Schalke and Augsburg suffered defeats on the Bundesliga’s return last weekend and will be looking to bounce back this Sunday.
David Wagner’s side were comprehensively beaten in a one-sided Revierderby on Saturday, as Borussia Dortmund sauntered to a 4-0 victory.
Defeat for the Royal Blues dampened their hopes of finishing in a European place, but they still remain two points off Wolfsburg in sixth place.
The landscape for the visitors is one of contrast, with Augsburg currently in 14th place and just four points above the relegation play-off position. They have now lost four consecutive games in the league and no Bundesliga team have picked up fewer points since the winter break (4).
Heiko Herrlich’s side suffered defeat courtesy of a 91st-minute goal last time out. It was a similar scenario the last time these two sides met, with Schalke winning 3-2 courtesy of a late winner from creative talisman Amine Harit.
Are we in for a similar, high-scoring encounter? Or will the hosts look to tighten things up at the back after their 4-0 reversal at the weekend?
Where to watch Schalke vs Augsburg on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: Fox Soccer Plus
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Schalke vs Augsburg’s confirmed lineups:
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- Schalke: Schubert; Oczipka, Sane, Nastasic; Kenny, McKennie, Serdar, Oczipka; Caligiuri, Gregoritsch, Matondo
Jean-Clair Todibo is replaced by Bastian Oczipka after going off injured at half-time of last weekend’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Welshman Rabbi Matondo, a former Manchester City youth product, and Michael Gregoritsch start in attack in place of Amine Harit and Benito Raman.
Today's Starting XI:
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- Augsburg (vs Wolfsburg): Luthe; Framberger, Jedvaj, Uduokhai, Max; Khedira, Gruezo; Richter, Lowen, Vargas; Niederlechner.
Felix Uduokhai starts at centre-back in place of Marek Suchy for Augsburg. In midfield, Daniel Baier makes way for Carlos Gruezo.
Players to watch:
- Schalke: Although the Royal Blues play some lovely football under Wagner, the former Huddersfield manager has instilled a more resilient defensive mindset, one that was sorely lacking under his predecessor, Domenico Tedesco. Part of Wagner’s restructuring over the summer and key to his success this season has been Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny. The Liverpudlian has brought a vibrance and zip to the flank, mixing a strong attacking game with his tenacity. He was a member of England’s first and only U20s World Cup-winning side and last August scored a goal “only an Englishman” could have pulled off, according to his manager Wagner.
Jonjoe Kenny! What a hit! 🙌
The Everton loanee scored a belter as Schalke beat Hertha Berlin 3-0…
Young English players doing damage in the Bundesliga! pic.twitter.com/yaRFUWYGPr
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- Augsburg: Striker Florian Niederlechner may be the trusty source of goals for Fuggerstadter, with 11 to his name this campaign and four in six games against Schalke in particular (the most he’s scored against any top-level team). But versatile left-back Philipp Max has been no stranger to sharing the burden. Incredibly Max has scored seven goals, two coming from defence – his natural position – and five coming from further up the field. Incredibly the former Schalke man hasn’t just been deployed at left wing when entrusted to play further forward, but also in central attacking midfield. If you need more reason to watch him, Max is the Bundesliga’s reigning king of free kicks. He’s scored three times from 10 direct free-kick efforts this season, the most of any player in the competition.
Scoreline prediction: Schalke 2-1 Augsburg
Bundesliga 2019/20 recent form:
- Schalke: LDLLD
- Augsburg: LLLLD