It’s all to play for at Anfield when Liverpool host Augsburg in the second leg of the Europa League knock-out stage after the 0-0 stalemate at WWK Arena last week.
Jurgen Klopp’s side created plenty of chances in the first leg of the tie, only to be kept out by the Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz. Liverpool took an incredible number of 14 shots at goals with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Alberto Moreno missing clear cut chances.
Liverpool vs. Augsburg: Form Comparison
Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
Liverpool have only won 2 of their 6 group matches in Europa League this season, but are unbeaten after drawing rest of their 4 matches and finished top of Group B which included Sion, Rubin Kazan and Bordeaux.
Augsburg, who finished 5th in Bundesliga last season finished second in their group behind Atletico Bilbao, with Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar being knocked out. The German outfit have won 3 and lost 3, with 2 of the 3 wins coming in their last two away fixtures.
Liverpool are currently 8th in the Premier League and their home form is highly unpredictable after managing just 4 wins in 12 league matches. Augsburg are 13th in Bundesliga after managing just 6 wins from 22 matches all season. But their last 6 away matches saw 4 wins and a draw, which means Augsburg must not be taken lightly away from home.
Liverpool vs Augsburg : Head-to-Head Stats
The first leg fixture last Thurdays was the first meeting between the two sides which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Liverpool have a formidable record against German opponents at home and are unbeaten in 13 matches, with 9 wins and 4 draws.
Liverpool : Team News
Jurgen Klopp has atleast 8 players players in the injury list and will miss the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel on Thursday. Neverthless, the squad is bolstered by the return of Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho who features in the first leg of the tie and they are expected to play role at home to see the Red through to the round of 16.
Liverpool : Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Sakho, Toure, Moreno, Clyne – Can, Henderson, Milner – Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.
Augsburg: Team News
Raul Bobadilla, who is second in the goal scoring charts of the Europa League with 6 goals is a doubtful for this clash with a strained thigh. Elsewhere head-coach Markus Weinzierl will miss the experienced players in Daniel Baier, Callsen-Bracker, Markus Feulner and Raphael Framberger through respective injuries.
Augsburg: Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Hitz – Janker, Klavan, Verhaegh, Stafylidis – Kohr, Gouweleeuw – Werner, Altintop, Caiuby – Finnbogason.
Liverpool vs Augsburg : Prediction
Liverpool are desperately need to show some consistency in their performances this season. They have definitely shown their quality in the wins against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea earlier this season, but often failed to get results against moderate teams this season.
Liverpool’s home form is a worry, while Augsburg are better off playing away from home and this will be an extreme tactical affair. There are no complicated equations for the Reds here, they must win to progress to the next round, whereas a scored draw will put Augsburg through the next round on the basis on away goal rule.
I expect the trio of Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge to fire and Liverpool to win by 2-0.
Liverpool vs Augsburg: Statistical Prediction
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