Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg 27 Feb

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Match Day 24
Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
03:30 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Maximilian Philipp (6)
Last five matches: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Alfred Finnbogason (11)

Borussia Dortmund were made to sweat in the Europa League versus Atalanta but managed to find the late goal that sent them through to the Round of 16. That goal not only kept Dormund alive in Europe, it allowed them to remain undefeated in 2018. Dortmund began the season in struggling form, but have turned it around in the new year and are now the sole proprietors of second place, one point ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dortmund have been boosted by the return of two key players from long injuries: Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer. The latter was the one who scored that important goal in Italy. Coach Peter Stoger has said that he will ease both players back gradually in order to not risk a new injurty because of bringing them back too soon, but both will likely take part in this match in one way or another.

Augsburg were dreaming of qualifying to Europe, but a loss last week to Stuttgart put a dash in those hopes. They sit in 10th place, six points away from a Europa League spot. Augsburg's squad is weakened because of injuries and suspensions to key players. Top goal scorer Alfred Finnbogason, who has scored more goals in the Bundesliga than anybody not named Robert Lewandowski, is out injured, and their playmaker Daniel Baier will miss this trip because of suspension.

Based on the two clubs' form and the Augsburg players that will miss this match, the prediction is for the home team to keep the three points.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Augsburg


Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 1:1
Shots: 9:12
Shots on target: 3:6
Corner Kicks: 3:3
Possession: 56:44

Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg drew 1-1 in a half empty Signal Iduna Park because of fans protesting the scheduling of the match.

For the second consecutive week, protests were visible during the match. Supporters responded to a call to boycott the game. A large banner behind the goal read "For fan-fair kickoff times! No to Monday games!" Dortmund usually sells out home games--today, there were visible gaps in the stands as about 30,000 fans refrained from attending the match.

The fans who did show up didn't do much to add to the atmosphere as it was mostly quiet. They did get a reason to cheer, though, when Mario Goetze and Andre Schurrle went on a break. The play seemed to have broken down when defender Martin Hinteregger intercepted and attempted to clear, but the ball only travelled as far as Marco Reus. Reus cheekily chipped the goalkeeper with a precise shot.

It seemed that Augsburg was content with being down 1-0 as long as Dortmund didn't get another. They remained composed in the back but didn't venture forward much. In the 60th minute that seemed to change, as their play opened up and searched for the equalizer.

In the 73rd minute, Augsburg were granted their goal from a corner kick. Kevin Danso rose up to meet the corner with a header but was denied by Roman Buerki. However, the goalkeeper gave up a rebound and Danso was quickest to react, the Austrian poked the ball into the net.

Dortmund missed a perfect opportunity to go three points clear in second place. They have Schalke breathing on their necks one point away in third. Augsburg remain in eight place, 6 points from a Europa League qualification spot.

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