Match date: 13 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Germany Football
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: 1 (0 AH)
| Match result:
2-1 - Won
Augsburg managed to overcome Serbian Champion Partizan in final round of Europa league and win their placement into knockout stage. Meanwhile in German Bundesliga they are at 16th position in relegation zone with only 13 points from previous 15 rounds. They now welcoming Schaleke in 16th round and must go for a victory here to get out of relegation zone. Augsburg had a really bad start of this campaign but it seems that they finally found their form and this will be real test of their current possibilities. They are currently have one point less than first team above red zone and must try to achieve positive outcome in this match at all costs. Augsburg ended previous season at more than decent 5th position and in this campaign totally dropped their form, they finally showed some signs of improving and in last three rounds in Bundesliga kept a clean sheet, now must try to at least avoid defeat. Augsburg has negative record in duels against Schalke, in last five matches they suffered three defeats and got two draws, and it will be very hard for them some different outcome now. They also must improve their performances at home since in they have failed to win in last 9 out of 10 matches in front of their fans in league. If they continue with good performances for sure will get out of relegation zone before winter break. As for absent players, defender Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and attacking midfielder Tobias Werner and forward Shawn Parker will stay out of action due to injuries while defender Paul Verhgaegh is suspended.
Schalke on the other hand is currently at 8th position in Bundesliga, in last round of Europa league group stage they achieved convincing victory and manage to progress into knockout stage as 1st placed team in group K. Schalke had decent start of this season but later dropped their form, now in last four matches they celebrated three times and got one draw and it seems that they are back on the track. Schalke must improve their defense, in 16 rounds they conceded 21 and scored equal number of goals. They were also eliminated from Cup in 1/16 finals by Gladbach. Schalke is undefeated in last nine duels against Augsburg and for sure will give their best to continue with good results against them. They managed to overcome Hannover in previous round of Bundesliga and that was their first victory after six rounds. Schalke must give their best to win here and try to continue with good results but it won't be easy against Augsburg who has imperative to win. Goalkeeper Fabian Giefer, defenders Atsuto Uchida and Matija Nastasic and defensive midfielder Marco Hoger will stay out of action while attacking midfielder Sidney Sam is unfit.
Augsburg must go for a victory here in order to get out of relegation zone, they finally found their form and it seems that they are able to achieve positive outcome here in front of their fans while Schalke managed to achieve positive results in last four matches, including Europa league and for sure will give their best to earn all three points but I believe that hosts are closer to a victory here.