Bundesliga Previews for Sunday May 24th
By Will Reilly
Schalke v Augsburg, 12:30pm
It’s 8th v 14th in the table with ten points between them, although both sides struggling for form.
Schalke, who are managed by former Huddersfield coach David Wagner, have lost seven of their 26 Bundesliga matches this season but have drawn ten of them, which is more than any other side. A win today would take them up to sixth in the table.
They were on a poor run prior to the enforced break, drawing four and losing three of their last seven league matches, in five of which they failed to score. This was extended in their first game after the break when they lost 4-0 to Borussia Dortmund.
In fact, they are now winless in ten games and have scored in just one of their last six matches in all competitions.
Injuries picked up last week will rule Amine Harit and Jean-Clair Todibo, who is on loan from Barcelona, out of the match.
Augsburg, who will have Heiko Herrlich in charge for the first time, lost 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg in their first game after the break and have now won just one of their last ten matches (all of them league games). In four of their last eight they have failed to score and they haven’t kept a clean sheet now for ten matches.
HEAD-TO-HEADS – Schalke have played host to Augsburg eight times in the Bundesliga, all since 2011, and they have a good record, the scores being 0-0, 3-2, 3-0, 1-1, 1-0, 4-1, 3-1, 3-1.
VERDICT: Both sides lack confidence and Schalke have picked up some injuries from last week. There is, though, still some light in Schalke’s season and, given that they have a good record in this fixture, I am going to side with them to keep that going (21/20).
Mainz v RB Leipzig, 2:30pm
It’s 15th v 5th in the table.
Mainz have won just three of their last 13 league matches, losing seven of them. However, they have lost just one of their last six, which was 4-0 at Wolfsburg on February 23rd.
They returned from the break to draw 2-2 at Cologne after going 2-0 behind.
Leipzig proved to be the proverbial coupon-buster last weekend when, priced at 3/10, they drew 1-1 at home to Freiburg. They have lost just three games this season but have got into the habit of drawing games, drawing five and winning two of their last seven Bundesliga matches.
They are, though, unbeaten in their last eight matches (all competitions) and are still in contention for a Champions League spot. They are ten points behind leaders Bayern Munich but have a game in hand and Bayern must travel to second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday so a win here would give Leipzig a big boost in their bid to climb the table.
Possible Liverpool target Timo Werner has now scored just once in Leipzig’s last seven matches, although he has scored five in his last ten league starts.
HEAD-TO-HEADS – These sides have met three times in Mainz in the Bundesliga, each time since 2017, with the scores being 2-3, 3-0 and 3-3. Earlier this season, Leipzig beat Mainz 8-0 at home in the league, so it is a fixture that tends to produce goals.
VERDICT: They let a lot of wagers down last week but I don’t think that lightning is going to strike twice so it is Leipzig, for me, to win (2/5), with Leipzig to win and for there to be over 2.5 goals in the game looking good, too, at 15/20.
Cologne v Dusseldorf, Sunday 5pm
It’s 11th v 16th (third-bottom) in the table.
Cologne let slip a 2-0 home lead last week, eventually drawing 2-2 with Mainz. They have been on a good run, though, winning eight of their last 12 league matches and losing just three.
They have scored in each of their last 11 matches, with eight different players getting onto the scoresheet in their last eight matches, with the eye-catchers being Mark Uth (5 in his last 8 starts – he only joined the club in January), Florian Kainz (3 in his last 5) and Jhon Cordoba (6 in his last 8).
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Dusseldorf, who are managed by former Brentford, Wigan and Leeds boss and Man City striker Uwe Rösler, drew 0-0 at home to Paderborn, who are bottom of the table, last week and are now unbeaten in their last four league matches, although they have drawn three of them.
They are not prolific scorers, having scored more than one goal in just two of their last nine league matches. In their last 15 league games, they have scored 12 goals (9 in their last 7).
They have to play Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in three of what will be their remaining seven league games after this match, which doesn’t make life easy so this is an important game for them in their bid to stave off relegation.
HEAD-TO-HEADS – Cologne haven’t lost at home to Dusseldorf since 1989, although they have only met four times since that defeat. Dusseldorf beat Cologne 2-0 in the league earlier in the season.
VERDICT: I feel that Cologne will have too much firepower for Dusseldorf and 15/20 about a win for the home side looks reasonable enough. Prices on Cordoba and Uth as first or anytime goalscorers are, respectively, 4/1 and 13/10 and 11/2 and 9/5 and Cordoba would be my choice.
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