IT SPEAKS FOR DORTMUND
Huleme well fought by Dortmund Friday (and a little luck): Won the second half and were 2-2 in Hoffenheim despite 10 against 11 for 50 minutes (* 1).
Dortmunderne have had an extra recovery day compared to Augsburg. And has a wide squad (eg can Schürrle replace Reus).
The home is Dortmund 7-4-1 in all competitions (0 losses since August; Supercup / Bayern). Last 4 are won with total goal difference 14-5. Including 1-0 over Bayern.
Dortmund squad amplified enough of midfield man Castro and right back Piszczek. And that goose enough away from the 3-4-2-1 that has botched the recent fighting.
Dortmund won silver last season and is No. 5 in this. Augsburg is No. 12 (also No. 12 in 15/16) and trained by a BL-inexperienced 37-year-old.
Augsburg have lost 4 of the last 6 away games and have gone goalless off the pitch in the last two, including the 0-1 loss to HSV in the previous weekend (* 2).
Augsburg has further absence of left-back Max. Still out: midfield man Caiuby (sept) and attackers Bobadilla (5/11) and Finnbogason (Sept.).
Dortmund won all three mutual games last season (including one in the cup). Overall goal difference: 10-2. One home game: 5-1.
IT SPEAKS FOR AUGSBURG
Augsburg won Saturday 1-0 at home to Gladbach (somewhat fortunate in heavy fighting) – a fine scalpels. And now midfield man Kohr back after suspension.
Thus laid the interim coach Baum (Schuster was sacked last Wednesday) out with a victory. His team played the way very carefully (* 3).
Augsburg are only closed two goals in the last 6 games (even scored only 2 of the last 5). And have only conceded 6 goals in 7 away games (* 4).
Dortmund without a win in the last 2 BL games – X against Cologne and Hoffenheim (though both out). Poor defending, especially in the first half against the latter.
Recent absence of Dortmund: Striker / winger Reus (second-top scorer). Significant losses even though the team scored after he was sent off against Hoffenheim.
As against Hoffenheim missing Dortmund’s central defender Sokratis. Colleague Bartra played unexpectedly, despite the injury but was poor and saved possibly now.
Ie midfield man Bender (recently back after a long injury break) enough again DEPUTIZED in the middle (Friday triples, now enough one to one).
Still out for Dortmund: First Keeper Bürki (replaces Weidenfeller has conceded 12 goals in 6 games).