Bundesliga Soccer Picks: Augsburg vs. Schalke 04

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:41 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 3:41 PM GMT

Those of the belief Schalke will cruise to a win over Augsburg this Friday may want to think twice. Check out our soccer odds preview for this Bundesliga showdown inside.

Odds Overview

By no means has anything been decided in the Bundesliga, that is if you take away the fact Bayern will win the league. Spots in the rest of the top four are still up for grabs, making this fixture between Augsburg and Schalke all the more important.

The soccer betting odds are about as close as you can get, with Augsburg at +155, Schalke at +180 and a draw listed at +250.

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FC Augsburg

Augsburg has roared back after an embarrassing home loss to Nurnberg, going on a three-match unbeaten run in the league.

That's in turn helped them rise to sixth place in the Bundesliga table and has them only six points behind a spot in the top four. For the season they have 11 wins, five draws and eight losses to go with a +3 goal differential overall.

Augsburg notched one of their best wins of the season last weekend, beating Gladbach 2-1 away from home.

After a disastrous start which saw them go down in the fifth minute, Augsburg kept at it and eventually tied things up in the 35th minute through Halil Altintop. Tobias Werner, who's been one of Augsburg's top playmakers this season, then scored the winner in the 81st minute.

Confidence is high for this side after that kind of win, but can they keep it going at home? They've recorded six wins, two draws and three losses in 11 matches inside SGL Arena, but they haven't exactly been lighting the world on fire in front of goal, with only 19 total goals in that span. Their defensive efforts have been bailing them out.

Schalke 04

Needing a good result after getting thrashed by both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, the Royal Blues obliged with a 4-0 home win over Hoffenheim.

It was just what the doctor ordered for a side that had been out-scored 11-2 in its previous two matches.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar showed his class once again with a fine hat-trick in the win. Chinedu Obasi also got his name on the score-sheet in a match in which Schalke dominated from start to finish. They had 24 total shots, nine of which were on goal, and Huntelaar could have had yet another goal were it not for a missed penalty.

A healthy Huntelaar could end up being the spark the Royal Blues need to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga. They're close with both Borussia Dortmund and Leverkusen for that second spot, so three points would be huge on Friday.

Schalke's away form has been far from dominant though. They've won only five of their 12 matches, while giving up more goals (22) than they've scored themselves (20).

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Bundesliga Pick

The Royal Blues are the well-known team here and will therefore be getting more love than Augsburg in the grand scheme of things, but we think the better value is on the home team for Friday.

Augsburg is in good form at the moment and catch Schalke at a vulnerable time, days before they're set to play Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League.

We'll therefore be selecting the hosts to do enough to earn themselves the full three points, which could go a long way in their quest for a spot in the top four. Go with Augsburg with your soccer picks.

Soccer Pick: Augsburg 2 Schalke 1

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