The Monday night will see Borussia Dortmund host Augsburg in Signal Iduna Park stadium in the 24th Bundesliga game of the season.
Borussia Dortmund are back to a familiar second position in the league standings after beating Borussia Monchengladbach in their previous league game. But having said that they might as well drift away from the Champions league places altogether if they are to lose or just draw the game against Augsburg – such is the level of competition in the Bundesliga this season at the top half of the table below Bayern Munich.
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Dortmund are enjoying a purple patch of form recently after seeing Mitchy Batshuayi make a flying start to the life in the league. Now that the troubles of the Aubameyang saga are firmly behind them, the players are more focused and are giving better performances in recent weeks.
The home side will also be in high spirits after emerging triumphant over Atalanta in the Europa league where they have cemented their place in the round of 16.
The improving form of Reus, Schurrle and Gotze is also encouraging sign for not only Peter Stoger but also for the Germany head coach Joachim Low, and they are expected to inspire the home side to victory.
Augsburg have won just once in their last five games. Had they managed to perform better over those periods, they would surely have been closer to the European places securing a spot in the European competitions. But unfortunately, they are in a poor run of form currently which they will like to overturn by defeating the home side this Monday.
Jadon Sancho, Eric Durm, and Shinji Kagawa are all suffering from an ankle injury and will be out for this clash.
Philipp (knee) and Yarmolenko (foot) are the two other long-term absentees for the home side.
Guerreiro may also sit out of the match due to match fitness issues.
Opare was absent for them in their previous league game but should be back in the squad for this match.
Whereas Gouweleeuw (knee), Finnbogason (calf) and Richter (ankle) are the notable absentees from the squad for the away side.
Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg Line Up (Predicted XI)
Borrusia Dortmund Line Up (4-3-3)
Piszczek (RB), Sokratis (CB), Akanji(CB), Schmelzer(LB)
Castro(RCM), Weigl (CDM), Gotze (LCM)
Augsburg Line Up (4-2-3-1)
Max (LB), Danso (LCB), Hinteregger (RCB), Framberger(LB)
Khedira (CM), Moravek(CM)
Heller(RW), Koo (CAM), Caiuby (CAM)
Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg Prediction
The home side are in a rich vein of form at the moment and thus they are rightly the favorites going into the match. But any form of complacency will be punished by the traveling side who look to bring an upturn in their own fortunes after enduring a tough run of form recently.
Augsburg will be motivated to win this game so that they do not make their losing streak three games in a row. Hence, the home side should be mindful that they will take on a motivated team.
However, we predict that Dortmund will edge this contest over the traveling side based on many factors such as home support, better form, superior individual and collective quality of the team. We predict that both teams will score goals, but the home side will win the scoreline with three goals to one.
Our Prediction: 3-1 win for Borussia Dortmund