Impressive win by Augsburg last round away at Freiburg. With almost 15 minutes before the final whistle Augsburg were 2-1 down, but by the end they managed to win 4-2, once again showing dedication and pragmatism. These kinds of victories do wonders for the morale, and the confidence may be bigger than in the case of a fully controlled encounter.
The game was pretty balanced, but once again the great form of Augsburg’s offensive players made the difference. Turkish play-maker Altintop is the perfect link between experienced central midfielder Baier and fast wingers Werner and Hahn. Especially Hahn is doing great lately (scored 4 goals in the last 3 rounds) and he even managed to attract the interest of important scouts all over Europe.
In defense Augsburg are no fortress, but because of the efficiency of attacking players, they are able to outscore the opponents, especially opponents like Hannover who concede in average almost 2 goals per game.
It was no surprise to see Hannover getting trashed by Bayern last round (lost 4-0). If that wasn’t enough, they also lost regular winger Bittencourt due to injury. It is not like Hannover can’t function without him, but especially now, with striker Diouf in poor form, any help in the offensive phase is welcomed. A lot of fuss was made about Hannover’s striker Rudnevs after he arrived during the winter break, and managed to score in the first 2 rounds when the season resumed. The only problem is he slowly and surely faded, and Hannover’s fans understood he is only a mediocre player.
Neither side is impressive in the defensive phase, but upfront hosts definitely have an advantage because of pragmatism and efficiency. Augsburg to win at 3/4 from Ladbrokes is definitely worth some medium stakes.
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