Stuttgart will host Augsburg on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The Swabians head into the game in midtable on 39 points from 31 matches. Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has watched the team lose four straight matches in the Bundesliga. Five of their last six games ended in defeat. The good news for Matarazzo is that Stuttgart are safe from relegation.

Augsburg are not safe from relegation. They go into the game on Friday night just four points above the relegation playoff place. Augsburg have lost two straight games in the Bundesliga going into the match. The worrying aspect of the final few weeks of the season is that Hertha Berlin have two games in hand.

Due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the capital club, they had three games postponed. They cashed-in one of those games against Mainz on Monday night in a 1-1 draw. On Thursday, Hertha Berlin will play their second game in hand and a win versus Freiburg would send them out of the relegation zone.

Stuttgart won the reverse fixture in the Bundesliga against Augsburg 4-1. The Swabians were up 2-0 at halftime courtesy of a Nicolas Gonzalez penalty and Silas Wamangituka strike. Augsburg’s Marco Ritcher scored just after halftime before Stuttgart scored twice more thanks to Gonzalo Castro and Daniel Didavi.

Stuttgart vs Augsburg Betting Odds

 

Stuttgart are in poor form going into the game having taken just three points from their last 18 available. Five of those games finished in losses. Four straight Bundesliga matches played by Stuttgart ended in losses. The Swabians are –9 in goal difference having scored five times and conceding 14 over the course of those last six matches.

Leading sportsbooks have Stuttgart at odds of 21/20 to win the match at full-time. Augsburg are at odds of 27/10 to win at full-time against Stuttgart. They are –5 in goal difference with four goals scored and nine conceded. Augsburg are struggling to score goals. Four straight Augsburg games in the Bundesliga finished without wins and that includes back-to-back losses by the team.

Three of the last four matches in the Bundesliga between Stuttgart and Augsburg finished with the former winning. Stuttgart have not been very good at the Mercedes-Benz Arena this season. They took 18 points from 45 available. In comparison, they have taken 21 points on the road.

Augsburg have taken 14 points from 45 available on the road. They have scored a mere 12 times in 15 away matches. It is the third-fewest away goals this season in the Bundesliga. Stuttgart have scored 23 times at home this term. They are +2 in goal difference at the Mercedes-Benz Arena this term.

Stuttgart vs Augsburg Team News

Wamangituka, who scored in the reverse fixture, is ruled out of the game due to a knee injury. Wamangituka is Stuttgart’s second-leading scorer with 11 goals this season. Midfielder Orel Mangala is ruled out with a thigh injury. Naouirou Ahamada is ruled out of the game through suspension. Gonzalez, who also scored in the reverse fixture, is not expected to play nor is Borna Sosa.

Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat is hopeful the club can permanently sign defender Dino Mavropanos from Arsenal. The 23-year-old has made 19 appearances in the league for Stuttgart this season.

Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl took over the squad last week after the club dismissed Heiko Herrlich. Weinzierl returned as Augsburg coach. He is the club’s longest-serving coach in the Bundesliga. He took charge of 154 games in four seasons as coach from 2012 to 2016. Weinzierl guided Augsburg into Europe for the first and only time for the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League campaign.

Weinzierl will hope the team can a four-match winless streak. He has nearly a full-strength squad, but could be without Rani Khedira and Felix Uduokhai. Both are fighting for fitness in the days leading up to the Friday night fixture.

Stuttgart vs Augsburg Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 8/13 - BET NOW

 

Both teams are out of form going into matchday 32. Stuttgart are on a four-match losing streak while Augsburg have lost two straight fixtures. Three of Stuttgart’s last four matches in the Bundesliga finished with both teams scoring goals. Augsburg saw two of their last five Bundesliga games end with both teams scoring. The team teams combined for five goals in the reverse fixture with Stuttgart winning 4-1.

Gonzalo Castro to score anytime @ 18/5 - BET NOW

 

Gonzato Castro has four goals in 24 matches for Stuttgart this season. The team has injury issues in the attack going into the game this weekend. Castro could be needed to get an important goal for the team to claim a win. Castro scored on matchday 30 against Wolfsburg but failed to find the back of the net last weekend versus RB Leipzig. Castro could come up big with a goal for the Swabians.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 8/11 - BET NOW

 

The reverse fixture finished with over 2.5 goals and Stuttgart winning this season. Four of Stuttgart’s last four Bundesliga matches ended with over 2.5 goals scored. They have bagged an impressive 52 goals but conceded 51 times. Two of Augsburg’s last five games in the league finished with more than 2.5 goals tallied. We could see several goals in this game just as we did in the 4-1 fixture played at the Augsburg Arena earlier this season.

Augsburg need to claim a win to move further away from the bottom three. They are just four points ahead of 18th-place Koln, who occupy the relegation-promotion playoff place. Hertha Berlin are the wild card down the stretch in the Bundesliga. They have two games in hand and could use those six points to get out of the relegation zone and send Augsburg into it.

Stuttgart have nothing to play for and have shown that over the last four weeks. They have lost five matches from their last six fixtures. This could be the perfect time for Augsburg to play Stuttgart.

Stuttgart vs Augsburg Tips

Here are our Stuttgart vs Augsburg betting tips for Friday's Bundesliga match at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

1. Both teams to score: YES @ 8/13

2. Gonzalo Castro to score anytime @ 18/5

3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 8/11