Preview: FC Augsburg v Bayern München

FC Bayern München will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they face FC Augsburg for the second time this week at the WWK Arena on Saturday.

Bundesliga
29 October 2016
Kick-off 21:30 HKT
Venue: WWK Arena

Referee: C. Dingert
Assistants: T. Christ, A. Aarnink
Fourth official: D. Schaal

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Augsburg 13 2 0 11
Bayern 13 11 0 2

Previous encounter:

Bayern 3-1 Augsburg 26/10/16 (DFB-Pokal)

Bayern goal scorers: P. Lahm (2′), J. Green (41′), D. Alaba (93′)

Augsburg goal scorers: Dong-Wong Ji (68′)

Players to watch:

For Bayern, Douglas Costa will be a potential thorn for the away side, the returning Brazilian winger looking to strike fear into the Fuggerstädter defence.

His pace, trickery and long-range shooting ability makes him a match winner for Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti – who’s side has been lacking width in recent weeks.

Dong-Wong Ji scored in the DFB-Pokal fixture this week in their 3-1 loss but his movement off the ball gave the Bayern defence some trouble, despite a lack of possession.

On the counter, the South Korean’s pace will be a dangerous outlet against a high defensive line of Die Rotten.

Team form and manager quotes:

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The Champions produced a memorable show against old rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend.

There were only two goals in it at the Allianz Arena, but the performance of Ancelotti’s side was potentially the best since his arrival in Germany.

The returning forwards of Costa and Arjen Robben had a lot to do with it, as the fluid 4-3-3 finally has the correct mix of pace and dynamism to execute the tactical set-up.

“I think they will defend again and look to counter,” Ancelotti said. “We want to attack with great intensity tomorrow. That goes for the full 90 minutes.

“We started the last three games very well but then our intensity dropped below 100 percent in the second half.”

Dirk Schuster admits his side will have to learn from their defensive lapses of concentration after their 3-1 loss in the mid-week cup fixture, and only one win in their last five league games.

“The most important lesson from the cup game is that we have to cut out the mistakes. Every error will be punished. I hope we can do better on Saturday,” said the Augsburg coach.

Team news:

Alfred Finnbogason is unlikely to feature for Augsburg due to a groin injury while Ji Dong Won should retain his position upfront.

But Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker (broken leg), Marvin Friedrich (recovery work), Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (collapsed lung), Caiuby (knee) and striker Bobadilla (shoulder) are all out.

Frank Ribery is the only absentee for Bayern with a hamstring problem.

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