Augsburg vs FC CologneGerman Bundesliga, KO: 17:00 Jun 7, 2020, WWK Arena
AUGSBURG play host to FC Cologne at the WWK Arena on Sunday evening and a win for either side would almost certainly guarantee Bundesliga survival.
Just one place separates the two sides in the league table and both teams have struggled for consistency since the German top-tier came out of cold storage.
Indeed, Augsburg picked up a priceless three points when sweeping aside out-of-sorts Schalke a fortnight ago, however, Heiko Herrlich's side failed to ease their relegation fears last midweek when playing out a dour 0-0 draw at home to basement boys Paderborn.
Die Fuggerstadter fell to a 2-0 defeat away at high-flying Hertha Berlin last time out, however, the hosts will take confidence from the fact they are unbeaten in their last 10 contests with Cologne.
The Billy Goats were in brilliant form before the Bundesliga came to a halt, however, back-to-back 2-2 draws at home to Mainz and Fortuna Dusseldorf followed by heavy defeats at the hands Hoffenheim and Leipzig have left Cologne floundering in mid-table.
Markus Gisdol's side's post-break struggles can be attributed to their defensive frailties with the Billy Goats backline having shipped 11 goals across their last four league matches.
A home win would move Augsburg above their opponents and that outcome is best-priced at 19/10 with SportNation.
Cologne have drawn two of their last four matches and a repeat on Sunday pays 5/2 with Betfred, while a first Bundesliga win in six for the Billy Goats is available at 6/4 with the same bookmaker.
The Betting Angles
I've cashed up by backing goals in Cologne games in recent weeks and I'm happy to back another goal-heavy encounter here given that there have been over 2.5 strikes in each of Cologne's last 12 Bundesliga matches.
It's also worth noting that 76% of the Billy Goats road trips this season have featured three or more goals and a staggering 79% of Augsburg's home games have generated over 2.5 goals.
What's more, Markus Gisdol's men have conceded at least twice in eight of their last 10 away from home and their backline has looked far from watertight since the resumption.
With that in mind, I can't help but be attracted to the 13/11 that SportNation are offering for there to be over 2.5 goals during this mid-table meeting on Sunday evening.
In considering who may get on the scoresheet here, I'm once again attracted to Cologne striker Jhon Cordoba who is a tempting 17/10 (PaddyPower) to strike anytime, however, I'm going to opt for an alternative angle that incorporates a minimum one goal for the visitors.
The combination of Cologne to score and to take four or more corners pays 4/5 with Bet 365 and that bet has banked profit across the Billy Goats last four Bundesliga assignments.
Furthermore, Cologne games have pushed past the 11.0 corners per game mark on average this term and I'm also prepared to throw in at least one away goal given that Augsburg have only managed six shutouts in 29 league outings thus far.
Whether or not Cologne can pick up a much-needed three points remains to be seen, however, I do fancy the latest round of German fixtures to conclude with an action-packed affair at WWK Arena on Sunday evening.
This German Bundesliga match between Augsburg and FC Cologne will be played on Jun 7, 2020 and kick off at 17:00. Check below for our tipsters best Augsburg vs FC Cologne prediction.