On Saturday, two of the Bundesliga’s bottom feeders, Augsburg and VfL Bochum, will square off at the WWK Arena. The teams’ lackluster 2-2 record after two games is understandable given the difficulty of their schedules.
The first two games of the season were challenging for Augsburg, since they were against Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich. Mixed emotions are to be expected, as they displayed encouraging indicators, particularly in attack, but ultimately came away with only one point.
Even though they lost 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, the goal they scored was a consolation. Their 4-4 opening day tie with Gladbach showcased their attacking prowess but was ultimately devastating.
After falling behind 2-0 and 3-1, Augsburg rallied to take the lead 4-3, but a penalty by Tomas Cvancara in the 97th minute resulted in a 4-4 draw. However, they have serious defensive concerns, as evidenced by the 15 goals they’ve allowed in their last five league games.
Last season, Bochum had limited success away from home, winning just twice. However, one of those victories came in this same arena, the WWK Arena. Five times in the past two years, these two clubs have squared off, with Bochum coming out on top four times.
Last season’s deciding matchup occurred with only three games left and was a relegation six-pointer. Despite being in a relegation spot entering the game, Bochum triumphed 3-2 and remained unbeaten to avoid elimination. The two teams that finished narrowly above the relegation zone last season were Augsburg and Bochum, and a repeat performance is possible this year.
After a 5-0 loss to Stuttgart on opening weekend, a team that survived last season only because of the relegation playoff, relegation seemed certain for Bochum. Thomas Letsch’s squad entered their match against Borussia Dortmund as heavy underdogs after that thumping, but they capitalized on BVB’s sloppy play to earn a 1-1 draw.
However, another result may be necessary here because Bochum’s upcoming schedule is extremely difficult. After their trip to Augsburg, Bochum will play four of the top seven teams from the previous season in the Bundesliga (including Bayern Munich) in their next five games (including a tie with Gladbach).
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Augsburg vs Bochum Game Information
- Date: 09/02/2023
- Time: 09:30 AM ET
- Location: WWK Arena (Augsburg).
- How to Watch Augsburg vs Bochum : ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv