Leipzig hoping to keep title dreams alive against Augsburg

RB Leipzig will look to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by beating a rejuvenated Augsburg side on Friday evening (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT) in the Matchday 23 curtain-raiser.

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Augsburg moved seven points clear of the bottom three thanks to a 2-1 win at basement club Darmstadt on Matchday 22, the fourth time Manuel Baum’s side had come from behind to win this season – a league high. On Friday though, Die Fuggerstädter will be targeting only their fourth home win of the campaign against a visiting side with the second-best away record in the Bundesliga.

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Second-placed Leipzig kept the pressure on Bayern at the top of the table by winning 3-1 against Cologne last weekend. That was a league-leading ninth home win of the campaign, but their away record is almost as impressive. Against Augsburg, Ralph Hasenhüttl's charges will be seeking their seventh win in 12 matches on the road. In-form Swedish international Emil Forsberg will be hoping to score for the third week running – he also netted in Leipzig’s 2-1 win when these sides last met in September.

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