Relegation candidates Augsburg might not want to bother playing on Friday and just simply hand FC Bayern Munich all three points when the two teams meet in the Bundesliga.
Of course, whilst we are not suggesting in the slightest that Augsburg turn up to simply be the numbers required in the game, there is hardly anyone who will be backing the hosts to pull off one of the biggest shocks in German football.
Indeed, given the fact that Bayern Munich have been priced at odds of 2/11 by Betway Sportsbook, it is clear that they are going to have to put the barricades up and perhaps try and deploy a strategy that consists of damage limitation.
However, with that said, Eintracht Frankfurt have shown that the perennial league winners are beatable, whilst Borussia Monchengladbach have also shown that Julian Nagelsmann’s side can be beaten in the DFB Pokal, as well.
What might be concerning for Augsburg, though, is that Die Roten have a habit of scoring a large number of goals in many of the games that they play in.
Whilst they only put two past SC Freiburg in a 2-1 win prior to the international break, they did put four past Benefica and Hoffenheim in back-to-back results, whilst also putting five past a host of teams, as well as seven past VfL Bochum. Basically, Bayern know where the net is and if you are unable to protect it well, they will find a way to put the ball into it on multiple occasions within 90 minutes.
Things do not look great for Markus Weinzierl’s side a the moment, as they have actually won just one of their last six Bundesliga matches, having suffered four defeats in the process and with the team news surrounding Bayern, things do not look any better for Augsburg.
Sven Ulreich and Niklas Sule are the only players expected to be absent for the Bavarians with individuals such as Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all likely to be able to return to the team after having to be quarantined.
Furthermore, Leon Goretzka should be fit after picking up an injury during the international break whilst on duty with Germany for former boss Hans-Dieter Flick.
It would not be a surprise to see stars such as Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller be involved once again for Naglesmann, whilst Robert Lewandowski will certainly lead the line.