There is a big relegation six-pointer in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon, as Borussia Monchengladbach face a must-not-lose showdown against Augsburg, who currently sit in the relegation playoff spot. But, can the hosts get their season back on track with just a seventh win of the campaign.
It would have been hard to foresee at the beginning of the season that Borussia Monchengladbach would be in a battle to avoid relegation this season. However, that is a position that they find themselves in after an awful opening half to the campaign. That slow form has carried on into the second half of the season, as they sit just a point outside of the relegation playoff.
Gladbach has lost ten games in 21 fixtures this season, which is the joint-third most in the league this term. Despite having an upturn in form directly after the winter break, they come into this fixture having failed to pick up a victory in their last three; losing twice during that run.
They narrowly avoided a third straight defeat last weekend, as they drew 1-1 against fellow strugglers Arminia. However, wins are the only result that will get them out of the situation that they find themselves in.
Augsburg will have the incentive of moving ahead of Gladbach with a victory this weekend. They are just a point behind their illustrious rivals, and have also been in better form over their last three outings in the Bundesliga.
Despite losing once in that run, Augsburg have taken four points from a possible nine, and confidence will now be high that they can get out of the playoff spot between now and the end of the season. Their win last weekend came at home against Union Berlin, with Michael Gregoritsch and Andre Hahn scoring the goals.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Augsburg Head to Head
Augsburg has a very strong recent record against Gladbach, as they have picked up victories in their previous two meetings. Both wins have come in home fixtures, with the latest coming earlier in the season as they claimed a 1-0 win. However, Gladbach have won four of the previous six home games that they have played against Augsburg.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Augsburg Prediction
There is a sense that this weekend is huge for Gladbach. They have been out of sorts throughout the season, but we could see them show their quality this weekend. We could see the hosts claiming a cagey 1-0 win.
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