Borussia Dortmund will resume their Bundesliga campaign when they visit FC Augsburg on Saturday. The match will kick off at 15:30 CET.
The Black & Yellows won't have retained fond memories of their most recent visit to FCA – their 2-1 defeat on 1 March 2019 was the only time BVB have ever lost in the Fugger city. But that loss was preceded by an unbeaten away run of six victories (one of which was in the cup) and two draws. All in all, Borussia have lost only two of their previous 17 league games against Augsburg and have found the net at least three times in over half their meetings (nine out of 17). Across 720 minutes of football at home to BVB, FCA have only led for 99 minutes. Borussia Dortmund's record of 43 goals scored against Augsburg is matched only by Bayern Munich.
Martin Schmidt's team ended the first half of their campaign in resounding fashion, winning three of their final four matches before the break. The exception during that run – a 3-1 loss in Leipzig in the last game of the year – was their only defeat between rounds 11 and 17. They have considerably more points (23) than they did at the same stage last season (15). One reason has been their strong home form, with their last three matches in front of their own fans all ending in victory. Another has been their tendency to score long-range goals: Augsburg have scored three times from direct free-kicks and another three times with long-range efforts from open play. That said, they do allow their opponents lots of shots and have conceded seven times from counter-attacks.
Julian Brandt (11 matches), Nico Schulz (10) and Lukasz Piszczek (nine) have particularly good memories of facing FCA, against whom they have never been on the losing side. And Paco Alcácer has scored six times in three appearances (145 minutes in total!) against Augsburg. He scored a brace as BVB won the reverse fixture 5-1 and netted a hat-trick in the 4-3 victory last year. (br)