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Friday night’s clash sees two of the most out-of-form sides in the Bundesliga go head-to-head and judged on how things have been going for both Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach of late, viewers will do well to stay with this game until the very end. The home side head into this match with seven defeats from their last 10 games and that deplorable record is only worsened by Friday’s opponents Monchengladbach, who have lost their last five matches on the bounce and haven’t won any of their previous seven games. So, don’t expect any fireworks tonight based on those statistics.
The main worry for the visitors in recent weeks has been their shortage of goals and with no goals in their last two games, both of which were at home, they’re severely lacking in confidence at the moment. And having not scored in four of their previous seven outings either, they’re far from certain to improve on that here.
19:30: Augsburg v Borussia Monchengladbach
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Augsburg sit just three places adrift of Monchengladbach in the table and of their four wins since mid-December, just one of those have come at the SGL Arena.
So, their home form is far from sufficient and in their last 14 games in all competitions, they’ve only scored two goals or more on just one single occasion. In recent matches, they’ve been playing with Florian Niederlechner as a sole striker but with one goal in his last six games, he’s been struggling too so it’s hard to see where their goals are going to come from. If there’s one game anywhere in Europe this weekend where a scoreless draw is on the cards, then this German get-together must be high on the list.
The last twice when Brentford travelled to Ewood Park, they failed to find the back of the net and having failed to score in three of their previous six games ahead of Friday’s fixture, it’s hard to be confident of their fortunes getting any better. They may sit fourth spot in the Championship table, some 10 places ahead of Rovers, but they are going through their worth spell of the season and with three consecutive away defeats to their name, it’s hard to be confident of them bouncing back tonight.
19:45: Blackburn v Brentford
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Blackburn fans might feel this is an ideal time to play The Bees but they’re going no better themselves and with just one victory in their last nine games, they will want to start winning soon if they don’t want getting dragged into a relegation battle. They’re generally good for a goal on home soil, judged on their form at Ewood Park this season, but they very rarely score more than once, having failed to do that in six of their seven home games since the start of the year. Like the game at St James’ Park, this could easily end in a bore draw and both teams not to score looks extremely likely to happen here.
It’s been a difficult time of late for Aston Villa and with the news that talisman Jack Grealish will miss the trip to St James’ Park, Steve Bruce will be hoping that his teammates can cope without him. However, for the fifth consecutive game, they must try do without him and that’s going to be difficult judging on their recent matches. Just one win, and two goals, in that period have seen Villa move away from challenging for a place in Europe and it’s also a concern that star striker Ollie Watkins hasn’t scored in his last five games either.
Friday 20:00: Newcastle v Aston Villa
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That, along with Villa’s record in this corresponding fixture, suggests that they may struggle under the lights against the Toon Army. As for Newcastle, they go into this game having been undefeated in the last 12 clashes when Villa have come to town and their two draws against Wolves & WBA will have settled matters after defeats to Chelsea & Man Utd. But, like Aston Villa, they too have struggled to find the net in 2021 and just two goals in their last four games suggests that they’re lacking in confidence. When the sides met back in January, Newcastle had just the one shot on target and that sets the trend for this Friday night fixture. A low scoring draw is the most likely outcome but seeing both teams finding the back of the net is probably not going to happen.
Just two points, and one position in the La Liga table, separates these two sides heading into this Friday fixture and given that both clubs have been hit-and-miss this season, it’s not an easy game to call. The hosts have been hard to beat this season and while they’ve only lost two of their previous 16 matches, they’ve only won five of those games.
Apart from their impressive 2-0 win away to Atletico Madrid last month, they’ve been struggling for goals and only Roger has found the net in their previous three matches. They may get on the scoresheet at some stage this evening but they’re by no means guaranteed to create plenty of chances.
20:00: Levante v Valencia
As for Valencia, their away form has been the main reason why they’re not challenging for a place in Europe and it’s been getting worse since the turn of the year. They’ve come out on the wrong end of the scoreline in each of their last five games on the road, which is worrying, and in their last three of those games, they’ve failed to find the net.
Their recent 3-0 defeat against Getafe was rather worrying, as they didn’t have a shot on target in the entire game, and they haven’t scored in the first half in any of their last five matches either. Everything about this game points to a low scoring affair and if that is the case, then it’s hard to see both teams finding the net.
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