Augsburg vs Stuttgart. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more

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Augsburg and Stuttgart collide in a Bundesliga showdown with European dreams at stake

FC Augsburg will host VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga 33rd-round match at the WWK Arena. The fixture will take place on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 00:00 IST.

Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Augsburg News & Current Form: 

Throughout the entirety of the previous Bundesliga season, FC Augsburg embarked on a determined campaign to avoid relegation from the division. Their efforts bore fruit as they successfully navigated past the spectre of the relegation playoffs. 

Presently, the Fuggers find themselves embroiled in a hard-fought battle for qualification to the UEFA Europa Conference League, currently occupying the 9th position in the league standings. After 32 gruelling matches played, Augsburg proudly boast a tally of 39 hard-earned points. However, their aspirations are tantalizingly close yet agonizingly distant, with SC Freiburg, the occupants of the 7th spot, sitting just two points ahead.

Yet, despite their commendable journey thus far, recent performances of charges of Jess Thorup have been decidedly lacklustre, dampening the fervour of their supporters. On the 27th matchday, Augsburg settled for a hard-fought draw against Cologne FC (1:1), only to stumble against TSG Hoffenheim in a disheartening defeat (1:3). 

They managed to salvage some pride with a commendable victory over FC Union Berlin (2:0). However, their spirits were swiftly deflated as they succumbed to Eintracht Frankfurt (1:3) in their subsequent outing, followed by a demoralizing loss to SV Werder Bremen (0:3).

The most recent weekend witnessed Augsburg enduring a harrowing defeat away to Borussia Dortmund, suffering a resounding 1:5 loss, with their defence breached on multiple occasions, allowing an alarming 4.27 xG against their beleaguered goalkeeper. It is evident that the team currently finds itself navigating through tumultuous waters, grappling with a concerning streak of three consecutive defeats in the Bundesliga, marking their longest slump in the current campaign.

Furthermore, the defensive frailties plaguing the team are cause for grave concern, with Augsburg conceding a staggering 14 goals in their last five encounters, making them the leakiest defence in this period. Nevertheless, amidst the gloom, there remains a glimmer of hope, as the team continues to exhibit flashes of attacking prowess, hinting at their latent potential.

Goalie of Augsburg Finn Dahmen sustained an injury and will miss the rest of the season

However, as they brace themselves for the forthcoming showdown against Stuttgart, the Red and Whites find themselves grappling with a spate of injuries. Fredrik Jensen, Reece Oxford, Elvis Rexhbecaj, and Iago, all stalwarts in their respective positions, are racing against time to regain match fitness. Moreover, the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Finn Dahmen, sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a severe injury, further compounds Augsburg’s woes.

Stuttgart News & Current Form: 

This season has been a triumph for Stuttgart, marking their return to the upper echelons of German football with an early qualification for the UEFA Champions League, a milestone they last reached over a decade ago in the 2009/2010 season.

Currently positioned third in the Bundesliga standings with an impressive tally of 67 points, the Swabians find themselves in a tantalizingly close race for the title, trailing FC Bayern Munich by a mere two points while maintaining a comfortable lead of four points over RB Leipzig.

Top scorer of VfB Stuttgart with 25 goals to his name – Serhou Guirassy

The highlight of their season came in a dramatic showdown against perennial powerhouse Bayern, a team they hadn’t defeated in the top division for nearly six years. However, that streak was emphatically broken with a stunning 3:1 victory at their home stadium. The heroics came in the dying minutes of the match, as the side of Sebastian Hoeness netted two crucial goals in the 83rd and 90+3rd minute to seal the historic win.

Before this landmark victory, Stuttgart endured a brief spell of adversity, failing to secure wins in two consecutive league matches. They suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen (1:2) and settled for a hard-fought draw against Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2:2), who had already clinched the Bundesliga title. In a tense encounter, the Swabians squandered a two-goal lead, ultimately settling for a draw, highlighting their resilience amidst challenges.

Throughout the 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign, Stuttgart have displayed their prowess with 21 victories, reminiscent of their glory days in previous championship-winning seasons. While the title may seem just out of reach this season, Hoeness’s squad continues to demonstrate unwavering determination and ambition.

Their recent form has been commendable, securing victory in three of their last five matches, with a remarkable goal-scoring record of 10 goals while conceding 5. Impressively, their average goal-scoring rate exceeds 2 goals per match, with Stuttgart finding the back of the net 73 times in 32 Bundesliga fixtures.

Individual brilliance has also shone through, with Serhou Guirassy leading the charge with an outstanding tally of 25 goals in the league, closely followed by Deniz Undav with 18 goals to his name.

Despite facing personnel challenges, with key players such as Silas and Roberto Massimo sidelined due to injuries, Swabians’ resolve remains unshaken under Hoeness’s astute leadership. Notably, they have outperformed the Bundesliga’s top teams in expected goals (xG), registering a combined xG of 3.73 against Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. The imminent return of Maximilian Mittelstädt and Enzo Millot from suspension promises to bolster squad depth, further strengthening their pursuit of glory in the remaining fixtures.

Augsburg form guide: D-L-W-L-L-L

Stuttgart form guide: D-W-W-L-D-W

Augsburg vs Stuttgart Head-To-Head Record:

  • October 29, 2022: Stuttgart 2 – 1 Augsburg (Bundesliga);
  • April 21, 2023: Augsburg 1 – 1 Stuttgart (Bundesliga);
  • December 20, 2023: Stuttgart 3 – 0 Augsburg (Bundesliga).

Augsburg vs Stuttgart Predicted XI:

Augsburg’s possible starting lineup (4-3-1-2): Koubek; Mbabu, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Pedersen; Engels, Jakic, Maier; Vargas; Tietz, Demirovic.

Stuttgart’s possible starting lineup (4-2-2-2): Nubel; Stergiou, Anton, Rouault, Mittelstadt; Leweling, Karazor, Stiller, Fuhrich; Undav, Guirassy.

Statistical preview of the match Augsburg vs Stuttgart:

  • Augsburg’s First XI average age is 27.3 years, and Stuttgart’s First XI average age is 25.6 years.
  • The total value of hosts’ squad is 122 mln euros, while the total of guests comes up to 277 mln euros.
  • Patrick Ittrich has been appointed as the centre referee. The match official has already served 19 games this season, showing an average of 4 yellow cards and also whistles 27 fouls per game. 
  • Augsburg have lost in their last 3 matches
  • Stuttgart have not lost to Augsburg for 2 and a half years. In the first round the Swabians defeated the Fuggers on their field with a score of 3:0.
  • In the last 5 games, Stuttgart conceded an average of 1.00 goals per game and scored an average of 2.00 goals per game.
  • In the last 5 games, Augsburg conceded an average of 2.80 goals per game and scored an average of 1.00 goals per game.

What has been said before the match:

Jess Thorup, coach of Augsburg, emphasized the importance of bringing their performance back onto the pitch and showcasing their strong side against Stuttgart:

“We have to bring our performance back onto the pitch and show our strong side. We want to make the last home game a success for our fans! We did things well in Dortmund, but we still lost 5:1 in the end. We’ve talked a lot about our defence this week. It’s our last home game, which means something special for all of us. The stadium is sold out again and we want to give something back to the fans with a good game. The support is fantastic.”

“We haven’t had a win against a team in the top five so far. We want to change that with a good performance on Friday evening. For me, it’s about putting in a good performance in the last two games. Then we can go into the break with a positive feeling.”

Gaffer of Stuttgart Sebastian Hoeness emphasized the importance of going all-in for the last few games:

“I’m not out on the training pitch with a whip in my hand, because I have to allow the boys to let out a bit of gas. But for me, there’s no alternative but to go all-in for the last couple of games. We’ve got nothing to lose and will send out a strong team in Augsburg.”

“They’re still fighting for a place in Europe, so we’ll need to be well prepared both mentally and physically. They’ve got two physically robust strikers in Phillip Tietz and Ermedin Demirovic, who are difficult to defend against, but I have ideas about how we can hurt them.”

Augsburg vs Stuttgart Prediction:

Bayer became the ultimate phenomenon of the year, not only in the Bundesliga, but within the entire football world. Such achievements are hard to match, but Stuttgart also deserves praise. Sebastian Henness’s men are enjoying a tremendous season: they have already qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 14 years and after their recent win over Bayern Munich in the six-pointer, they plan to compete for the silver medals of the German Elite, which could be their best result in the last 22 years. To do so, they need to win every remaining match and the Swabians have everything they need to accomplish that. Stuttgart’s striking duo of forwards Serhou Guirassy and Deniz Undav, who have together notched 54 goal leading actions, will certainly make a dent in Augsburg’s defence, which has a hard time against massive top attacks.

Augsburg are now an ideal target for the visitors. Jess Thorup’s men can’t cope with the pressure of their quest to qualify for the Eurocups next year and have suffered 4 defeats in their last 5 Bundesliga matches, conceding an average of 2.8 goals in that stretch. In addition, the Red and Whites, who can’t be boasting of squad depth, are experiencing significant personnel problems, which puts them in the underdog status.

In the first round the Swabians confidently dealt with the Bavarians, having scored three unanswered goals. Augsburg will try to give a worthy rebuff, but we expect that Stuttgart will be able to achieve a positive result on the way to a historic achievement.

Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: VfB Stuttgart will win with an individual total over 1.5 – Yes.

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