Borussia Dortmund will get their 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign underway when they host FC Augsburg this Saturday (kick-off 15.30 CET). As usual, we've compiled all the most important facts to prepare you for the big match at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
The Scenario: Last year's runners-up are going head-to-head with the team that finished 15th. Borussia Dortmund won all nine of their matches in preseason (including competitive fixtures in the Supercup and DFB-Cup), while FC Augsburg won four (including a 4-1 triumph over Galatasaray) and lost three, the most recent of which saw them knocked out the cup by FC Verl.
Home & Away: BVB had the best home record of any side in the Bundesliga last season, taking a total of 44 points from their 17 matches at Signal Iduna Park (14 wins, two draws, one defeat). Augsburg were ranked 14th when it came to away form. The Swabians managed a total of three wins (in Düsseldorf, Hannover and Frankfurt), four draws and ten defeats, including an 8-1 thrashing in Wolfsburg which broke the record for the heaviest defeat in club history.
Personnel: Borussia will be without the injured Guerreiro (torn muscle fibre) and Morey (shoulder injury). Bürki may be able to make his return to the starting line-up after recovering from a shin injury. Augsburg are missing Gouweleeuw, Bazee, Cordova, Framberger, Sarenren (lacking match fitness), Giefer (shoulder injury), Felix Götze (hip problem) and Iago (meniscus injury).
Head-to-head: The spectacular 4-3 BVB win from last season was in many ways representative of previous meetings between the two sides: while it's true that BVB have only lost twice in 16 matches, Augsburg have always proved a ''tough nut to crack''. Four of the last six encounters have ended in draws. The Black & Yellows have nonetheless been able to score at least three goals in 50 percent of all matches they've played against the Swabians. Across all meetings between the two sides, BVB have scored twice as many goals (38) as Augsburg (19).
Statistics: In the 2018/19 season, FC Augsburg had more shots on goal than Borussia (FCA - 461: BVB - 451) but scored 30 goals fewer (FCA - 51: BVB - 81). This discrepancy was due to Dortmund's chance conversion rate of 24% - the highest rating for any side among the top 5 leagues in Europe.
Biggest home win: On 25 October 2015, a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace from Marco Reus saw BVB run out 5-1 winners over FCA.
Referee: The DFB will announce the match referee on Thursday afternoon.
Spectators: Returned tickets from the Augsburg allocation means that Signal Iduna Park is not currently sold out. The few tickets remaining are currently available in the BVB-Fanwelt and all other recognised retail outlets. The approximately 400 remaining tickets will also be sold from 13.30 CET onwards in the Nord-Ost away ticket office (please note that these will only be sold to away fans!)
Compiled by Boris Rupert