It’s not been a bad start to the season for Manuel Baum and his Augsburg side in the Bundesliga. After a a bit of a slow start which saw them lose their opening game against Hamburger SV 1-0 and then draw 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach.
They have gone on to win their next 3 games in the division, most recently beating last season’s runners-up, RB Leipzig. With 5 games played, they sit in a respectable 5th place, with 10 points on the table.
Augsburg finished 13th in the Bundesliga last season, winning only 9 games over the course of the campaign, so it’s a great start for the club as they have already put 3 wins on the table this term. One man who has been instrumental in their success so far is Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason. The 28 year old has so far managed to bag 4 goals in 5 games with an assist to boot. This means he has contributed in over 50% of Augsburg’s goals scored so far this campaign.
Manuel Baum will be looking to better last season’s 13th placed finish, especially after spending a bit in the transfer market in an attempt to strengthen his squad. He did lose the likes of central midfielder Dominik Kohr, striker Raul Bobadilla and right back Paul Verhaegh but he added €5.5 million man Michael Gregoritsch to his attacking options and winger Sergio Cordova too. Baum will definitely be looking to get more from Gregoritsch over the course of the season but the Austrian has managed to score 1 and assist another in his first 4 games for the club.
Next up for in-form Augsburg is an indifferent VfB Stuttgart side. Their league form follows a pattern of losing a game and then winning the next and then losing and so on. They’re currently placed 12th, with 2 wins and 3 defeats from 5 games. It’s a great chance for Augsburg to put more point on the table, especially because the game after will see them take on current league leaders Borussia Dortmund. The two games that Stuttgart have managed to take maximum points from have both been on home turf, with both ending 1-0. Augsburg, on the other hand, won their last away game and have kept 2 clean sheets in their last 3 games.
The Stuttgart game is a real opportunity for Augsburg to put another win on the table, especially as it will boost them ahead of their huge home fixture against Dortmund, who so far are unbeaten and they’ve yet to concede a goal too. The Dortmund game will be a chance for Manuel Baum to get an idea of where his team are really at but would you back against Augsburg getting something from the game, especially if they pick up maximum points against Stuttgart.
Augsburg are in good form and they have a striker contributing on a regular basis, that’s the mark of a good side. If they can sustain this for the long term, especially if they get new signing Michael Gregoritsch firing, they could go on to have a very good season in their Bundesliga campaign.