Match: Augsburg – Liverpool Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: February 18, Thursday, 2016
Start time: 20:05 GMT
Augsburg hosts Liverpool in the first match between the two teams from 1/16-finals of the Europa League. The game is on Thursday, February 18, from 20:05 GMT in the Bavarian province Augsburg.
Augsburg has already achieved remarkable success in the tournament after they qualified for this stage. In the last round of group stage they won against Partizan as away with 3:1, namely the victory with two goals difference they were needed to qualify on second place in the group. I expect the team to no tension and in the game against Liverpool can only win.
Taking into account that they conceded two defeats at home in the Europa League this season, the match with Liverpool will not be easy for them. In the Bundesliga Markus Weinzierl’s side show poor production from the start ot the second half of the season after losing their last two games and previously recorded two draw.
Augsburg, however, is able to impede “The Reds” because the most productive player in the Europa League ис in their suqad – Raul Bobadilla with six goals. But he has a hamstring injury and all the team are hoping to be fully restored for the upcoming game.
The Reds are unbeaten in Europe this season, but were far from the best form with just two wins and four draws. Over the weekend, Liverpool recorded a convincing victory against Aston Villa with 6 0 and are in a great mood before the trip to Augsburg.
Jürgen Klopp knows how to play against this team because her recort is 5-3-1 with the team of Borussia Dortmund. Realistically, however, this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the team of Liverpool. The Reds failed to qualify for the 1/8-finals in his previous two attempts against Besiktas (2014/2016) and Zenit (2012/2013), and they are hoping that the third time will bring them more luck.
Philippe Coutinho, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Mamadou Sakho will miss the meeting in this game, as they are all injured.
Both teams will be looking to record a positive result before the second leg next week. Liverpool is more class team and i expect, that they will win in this game. Their performance in the Premier League is not good and their only chance to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.