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Augsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt (Sun 2.30pm)
Eintracht Frankfurt’s away record so far this season is impressive. Just how good their return of 21 points from 10 games on the road is, is emphasised by the fact it’s just one fewer than league leaders Bayern Munich from the same number of games.
It was a 2-0 victory at home last time out though against Gladbach that saw them rise up into the Champions League places.
This may all sound very similar to last season where they’d collected 35 points at this stage before only a further seven followed in the rest of the campaign.
Niko Kovac has the luxury of important players coming back from injury this time though. Omar Mascarell’s role shouldn’t be understated as a playmaker and he performed particularly well against Gladbach.
Marco Fabian, meanwhile, could be involved for the first time this season for the trip to Augsburg but Ante Rebic is out having picked up a fifth yellow card last Friday night.
Augsburg defender Martin Hinteregger said before their trips to Gladbach and Cologne that the next five or six games would show how likely European football was.
A point from those two games suggests it’s not going to happen but there’s no shame in a mid-table finish for an Augsburg side widely tipped to struggle this season. Consistent performances from the likes of left back Philipp Max, the top assister in the division this season with 12 to his name, have helped avoid a relegation battle completely.
This should be a tight one but a few goals should be expected here what with Frankfurt’s strong away form coupled with the pressure being off Augsburg.
- Augsburg 1, Eintracht 2 (10-1, Unibet)
- Haller to score first (11-2, Unibet)
- Over 2.5 goals (57-50, Unibet)
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