The stats point to a Borussia Dortmund win over FC Augsburg. Of the seven meetings between the two sides in the Bundesliga so far, BVB have picked up 17 out of a possible 21 points. Here is all you need to know about Wednesday’s home game at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (kick-off: 2000 CET).
It’s bottom of the league hosting the fifth. Both sides are separated by 14 points in the table, which is almost the same number of points separating them from their seven matches so far. BVB have yet to lose against Augsburg.
BVB have only lost one of their last four home games (a 1-0 defeat to Hannover on 25 October 2014), while FCA have lost five of their last seven on the road, scoring only four goals in those games.
Piszczek and Gündogan (both muscular problems) are a doubt, but Durm could return to the squad, while Bender (knee surgery) and Kehl (shoulder) are definitely out. Augsburg will be without Baba (African Cup), Hitz (knee), Matavz (rehab), Hong (foot), Mölders (ankle surgery), Reinhardt (groin surgery), Moravek (ACL) and Rieder (thigh).
Borussia Dortmund will set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Augsburg are expected to line-up in a 4-1-4-1 shape.
In their seven games against Augsburg in the Bundesliga, BVB have won five and drawn two which represents their best record against any current Bundesliga side. They have also scored almost three goals on average against FCA, another club best. Augsburg only have a poorer record in the Bundesliga against Bayer (Leverkusen) and Bayern (Munich). Their two heaviest defeats were both against Borussia Dortmund, both (home and away) finishing in a 4-0 loss.
Borussia Dortmund have only won one of their last seven games (a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim at the beginning of December 2014). Only Bayern and Wolfsburg have earned more victories this season than Augsburg. The Swabian outfit have won more than half of their matches (10 of 18) but have yet to draw this season.
Biggest home win: In the first meeting between the two clubs on 1 October 2011, BVB romped to a 4-0 win courtesy of goals from Robert Lewandowski (3) and Mario Götze.
Referee: Tobias Welz (36) is the referee for his second BVB match this season (2-1 defeat at Cologne).
Looming suspensions: Augsburg’s Feulner and Verhaegh are on four yellow cards for the season, and will be banned for a game if they receive a fifth.
Attendance: Signal Iduna Park is sold out for the eighth time this season, with all 80,667 tickets snapped up. FCA will be supported by 909 fans.