On Saturday in Bundesliga competition from round 10, at risk of relegation FC Koln hosts Augsburg at the RheinEnergieStadion. The mid-table visitors defeated Wolfsburg 3-2 in an interesting gameweek, while the bottom-of-the-table team was humiliated 6-0 by RB Leipzig.
Last Tuesday, FC Koln was eliminated from the DFB Pokal after suffering a depressing 3-2 defeat to FC Kaiserslautern, a lower division team. This was consistent with their awful performance within the Bundesliga, since they have only managed one victory this year and have lost 5 of their past 6 games. Steffen Baumgart’s team is presently 17th in the league rankings with 4 points from 9 games, just one point above bottom-dwelling Mainz 05. With a win this weekend, though, the Cologne-based team may move out of the bottom 2 teams and out of the relegation playoff spots. Baumgart wants his squad to win back-to-back games at home to offer them a realistic opportunity of finishing outside the feared bottom two spots, even though such a scenario would need clubs surrounding them to give up points.
Augsburg, who have already defeated Wolfsburg and Heidenheim, will be looking to take their winning streak to three matches when they take on a deflated opposition in Cologne. Since taking over for Enrico Maassen during mid-October, Jess Thorup’s team has seen a lot of success and setbacks, as they have scored 8 goals and given up 4. The Bavarians have had to rally from behind in each of their wins with their head coach, defeating newcomers Heidenheim 5-2 and needing a pair of late goals to transform a 2-1 deficit versus Wolfsburg into a 3-2 victory. This is doubtful to be consistent for the team. Thorup wants consistency from his squad’s performances going into Saturday’s match, but it’s unclear if this is possible for a squad that has let up two goals or more in each of their road matches this season.
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Koln vs Augsburg Game Information
- Date: 11/04/2023
- Time: 10:30 PM ET
- Location: RheinEnergieStadion stadium, Cologne city, Germany.
- How to Watch Koln vs Augsburg: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv