[ClevPicks Prediction]: Augsburg vs. Bayern: Key Games Tonight!
Mergim Berisha (left) can lead the charge for Augsburg, but can they stop Sadio Mane (right) of Bayern Munich?
On Saturday, Augsburg will have the onerous task of playing Bayern Munich, who recently defeated Barcelona, and Sadio Mane, who by his own prolific standards has been long overdue a goal (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).
The team's second Bundesliga goal for the club, scored by summer addition Ermedin Demirovic, was enough to give Augsburg their second victory of the campaign away to promoted Werder Bremen. On Matchday 2, Enrico Maaßen's team defeated Bayer Leverkusen as well, but they dropped their other four games to Freiburg, Mainz, Hoffenheim, and Hertha Berlin. Three of those defeats have come at home, which is concerning for a team used to competing in the bottom echelons of the Bundesliga. In Bremen, the forwards Andre Hahn and Florian Niederlechner were added to the lineup, but Maaßen is anticipated to play it more safe while facing the reigning champions. Both central midfielder Arne Maier and full-back Mads Pedersen, who scored in a 2-1 victory over their illustrious neighbors last year, should be added.
After defeating Barcelona 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Bayern travels just a short distance to the WWK Arena on a wave of momentum. As Julian Nagelsmann's squad extended their unbeaten streak across all competitions to 10 games, Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane scored the goals. An otherwise spectacular night of football in Munich was marred by Hernandez's injury and Benjamin Pavard's dead leg. Nagelsmann must choose between Matthijs de Ligt and Noussair Mazraoui in the midfield after Leon Goretzka's game-changing performance as a Marcel Sabitzer replacement at halftime. Further forward, Serge Gnabry, who was inserted against VfB Stuttgart last weekend, might replace Jamal Musiala, UEFA's Man of the Match against Barcelona and Bayern's top scorer through six league games. Mane has gone four competitive games without scoring, but he should start as Bayern looks to snap a streak of three straight Bundesliga draws.
Demirovic has now matched his goal total from the entire 2021–2022 season with Freiburg with two goals after six games.
Three home games into a Bundesliga season, Augsburg is winless for the first time since their promotion in 2011.
To date, Augsburg has defeated Bayern three times, all under the direction of former coach Markus Weinzierl. They have drew the other two and lost 17.
Sepp Maier's record for most appearances in the Bundesliga will be matched by Manuel Neuer (473).
Musiala leads Bayern in scoring and leads all midfielders in the Bundesliga this year with four goals.
Bayern hasn't played three straight Bundesliga draws since the fall of 2009.
Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Bauer, Gouweleeuw (c), Gumny - Pedersen, Maier, Gruezo, Rexhbecaj, Iago - Demirovic, Berisha
Out: Dorsch (metatarsal), Oxford (knee), Sarenren Bazee (cruciate ligament), Strobl (knee), Uduokhai (ankle), Winther (muscular)
Coach: Enrico Maaßen
Bayern: Neuer - Mazraoui, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Gnabry, Müller, Sane - Mane
Out: Coman (muscular), Hernandez (groin), Sarr (patella tendon)
Doubtful: Pavard (dead leg)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Bayern losing four straight league games would almost be inconceivable, especially because they haven't played any really challenging opponents in that stretch.
We do not anticipate Augsburg to be able to stave off a frustrated Bayern team determined to head into the international break on the back of a win, despite the fact that they can play with less stress after securing a critical win their last outing.
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