Schalke 04 vs FC Augsburg / Bundesliga – Judging by the status of the table, this is even a derby of the round, because Schalke is in very good third place, and Augsburg is surprisingly at seventh place with only three points less. Schalke’s series without a defeat is now very long, however, they have only played a draw in the previous three rounds. Augsburg has a better performance in these three rounds and after two wins they also played a draw last weekend. Out of a total of 12 mutual matches, Augsburg has celebrated in only one, and last season it was safe 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen for Schalke. Begins: 13.12.2017. – 20:30 CET
It is great that Schalke is not losing matches lately and this series is nine matches long in the championship. It is bad that they play too many draws and now they have three unresolved results, although we have to say that they have avoided defeats at two very difficult performances, while they blundered against the last Cologne in their field. For example, they had a lead twice in this duel and finished with 2-2. Before that, they managed to catch up with four goals backlog in Dortmund, and in the past they lost and equalized in M’gladbach.
They were not a weaker rival than Borussia so a draw is quite deserved, and what surely was a surprise is the composition which coach Tedesco on the field. Stambouli and Kehrer were not in the last line, while Konoplyanka was replaced on the bench by Emolo, and G.Burgstaller has replaced the best striker and first shooter di Santo. Although they have won a point, we now expect them in the starting lineup.
Probable lineups Schalke 04: Fahrmann – Stambouli, Naldo, Nastasic – M.Meyer, McKennie – D.Caligiuri, Oczipka – Harit, Konoplyanka – G.Burgstaller
It can be said that Augsburg does not hesitate and this team occasionally has a bad day, but they do not lose games in the series and are therefore quite high ranked. They have lost the last time almost a month ago to Bayern, and then they made two wins and a draw, while they could have easily made three wins. First they defeated Wolfsburg with 2-1 win, followed by a victory against Mainz away with 3-1, and then they had a lead against Hertha until the last minute.
It is a pity, because with these two lost points, they would jump to the fourth position, which would be a real achievement. They are now only comforted by the fact that they have outplayed their rivals and that they are doing great in their field lately. After they routinely celebrated in in Mainz, their left right-back Opara was out of action due to yellow cards, so Framberger played instead, which we now expect to be in, while Khedira could replace Koo. It should be noted that their great left-back Max has already made the eighth assist this season against Hertha.
Probable lineups FC Augsburg: Hitz – Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max – Khedira, D.Baier – Heller, Gregoritsch, Caiuby – Finnbogason
Schalke 04 vs FC Augsburg PICK
Augsburg is playing good and fun football this season, but Schalke is very good and they are certainly a better quality team and the tradition is absolutely on the side of the host, so we believe in their triumph.
Pick: Schalke wins
Odds: 1.80 for William Hill (down to 1.70 can be played)