Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

On Sunday, Augsburg will play at home against Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. Both teams have been off to poor beginnings in the new season, which makes this match a potentially significant fixture in terms of how it will mold their expectations for the rest of the year.

Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin: Match Preview

Enrico Maassen’s first top-flight coaching job has gotten off to a rough start with three losses in four matches. His team lost 1-0 to Hoffenheim last time out.

The 38-year-old is most concerned about his team’s lack of goal threat, with just nine shots on target in four league games.

After Dennis Geiger’s magnificent strike concluded a great team play in the 39th minute, Hoffenheim had many chances to make their triumph much easier. Substitute Munas Dabbur twice missed golden opportunities to put the game to bed.

Maassen will hope returning to home turf against Hertha on Sunday may motivate his team to similar performance as his solitary victory so far away to Leverkusen, as they need to find much more cutting edge and sharpness to prevent a season of problems.

Hertha has flirted with relegation in recent seasons, particularly when they barely beat Hamburger SV in the relegation play-off last season. New head coach Sandro Schwarz has yet to see a substantial improvement.

Lack of attacking quality has been the most evident weakness under the former Mainz 05 boss’s supervision, having blanked in consecutive 1-0 losses to Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.

These two teams will likely finish higher than Hertha, who has looked more defensively safe recently. Since their opening day 3-1 loss to Union Berlin, no team has twice pierced their defense, so if they can do things right at the other end, they might rise up the table.

Schwarz will hope his reign gets off to a good start with a win against Augsburg on Sunday.

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Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin: Team News

Ruben Vargas, who came off the bench in Augsburg’s past two losses, might make his first start of the season after returning from a muscle injury.

Ricardo Pepi may be benched to make room for the Switzerland attacker, while Iago might return to his left wing-back duty, enabling Robert Gumny to play center back.

Reece Oxford, Felix Uduokhai, Frederik Winther, Niklas Dorsch, Tobias Strobl, and Noah Sarenren Bazee are all out for the hosts, while Andre Hahn is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Hertha have Lee Dong-jun, Rune Jarstein, Linus Gechter, Kelian Nsona, Jessic Ngankam, and Derry Scherhant out.

With Marco Richter back from testicular cancer surgery, Schwarz has less crucial players unavailable.

The attacker looked bright off the bench against Dortmund last weekend, but it may be too soon for him to start. Stevan Jovetic might replace him as Hertha looks to convert more of their opportunities.

Augsburg Possible Starting Lineup: Gikiewicz, Bauer, Gouweleeuw, Demirovic, Vargas, Gumny, Pedersen, Maier, Rexhbecaj, Iago, Jensen

Hertha Berlin Possible Starting Lineup: Christensen, Kenny,  Jovetic, Ejuke, Uremovic, Kempf, Plattenhardt, Boetius, Tousart, Serdar, Lukebakio

Augsburg 0-1 Hertha Berlin: Prediction

Both teams have struggled to score so far this season, thus it’s hard to imagine many goals. Hertha has looked more balanced under Schwarz, and we anticipate them winning narrowly on Sunday.

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