April 19, 2013
Borussia Monchengladbach v FC Augsburg: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Borussia Monchengladbach||FC Augsburg|
|Goals for *||1.6||0.8|
|Goals against *||1.2||1.7|
|Last 5 home||L-L-W-W-W||W-W-W-L-L|
|Last 5 away||W-L-L-L-W||L-L-L-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Borussia Monchengladbach | FC Augsburg|
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl wants his side to send out a warning to their rivals at the bottom of the Bundesliga with a win at Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow night.
With five games of the season to go, Augsburg are three points adrift of safety.
Although they have a negative goal difference of seven to make up on 15th-placed Fortuna Dusseldorf, victory in Gladbach would be a step in the right direction and put the ball back in their rivals' court this weekend.
"We can lead the way and, with a successful game, put the pressure on our rivals,'' Weinzierl said at a press conference.
"We are heading to Monchengladbach to confirm our good performance at home to Frankfurt and to get more points.''
Ji Dong-Won was Augsburg's hero a week ago with two goals in the 2-0 victory over Frankfurt last time out and that win dispelled any doubts about the Bavarians' 2013 recovery after back-to-back defeats.
"We have shown that we don't let setbacks get us down and unsettle us,'' added Weinzierl.
"The team is harmonising well, so we travel to Gladbach in confident mood.''
A confident opponent is exactly what Gladbach coach Lucien Favre is expecting too.
"Augsburg are playing an excellent second half to the season, like they did last season too,'' he said.
"They have the quality, otherwise they would not have so many points. But we want to win, no matter whom we are playing.''
Victory for the Foals would take them back inside the top six and on course for a place in the Europa League next season.
They are likely to be without their captain Martin Stranzl and Havard Nordtveit due to injuries while Ragnar Klavan is suspended for Augsburg.