The first Bundesliga away match of the season will see Borussia Dortmund will face FC Augsburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET) in what is their first away game of the new Bundesliga season. Both teams made a successful start last weekend, with BVB triumphing 3-0 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach and Augsburg beating Union Berlin 3-1.
9,300 fans were there to watch the Gladbach match in SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, and fans will also be allowed to attend in Augsburg - roughly 6,000 as things stand. ''I'm happy that there will be fans in Augsburg too. It's good for all involved,'' said Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre. Sporting director Michael Zorc was in agreement: ''We shouldn't be talking about whether or not it's harder playing in front of opposing fans. The important thing is that fans are back in the stands.''
BVB were able to score five goals in each of the two meetings between the two sides last season: Borussia stormed to a 5-1 home win in the first round of fixtures, then won 5-3 in Augsburg later in the season. However, the Black & Yellows had to come from behind on both occasions. The Swabians have scored at least once in each of their last 13 league matches against BVB. ''It's always been hard against Augsburg. The same will be true this time,'' said Favre, adding: ''They're a physically imposing and well-organised side.''
Zorc is set to go toe-to-toe with a former BVB teammate on Saturday in Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich. According to Zorc, Herrlich is a meticulous coach who places a lot of emphasis on tactical discipline and physical toughness: ''They are going to come at us with a lot of physicality and try to make life difficult for us. By no means is it a foregone conclusion. We need a very good performance.''
Favre will be without the services of Marcel Schmelzer, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mateu Morey and Thorgan Hazard, who went down injured early in the Gladbach game and was ably replaced by Felix Passlack. Saturday will come too early for Nico Schulz, who made his return to team training on Thursday. Favre will wait until Friday before making a decision on Raphael Guerreiro, who is also back training with the team.