Preview: FC Bayern München v FC Augsburg

Mats Hummels

FC Bayern München will no doubt set their sights on maintaining their lead at the top of the Bundesliga, when they face Augsburg in Saturday’s clash at Allianz Arena.

18 November 2017
Kick-off: 16:30 local time
Venue: Allianz Arena

Referee: M. Schmidt
Assistants: T. Siewer, C. Günsch
Fourth official: M. Petersen

Head-to-head summary

Bayern 15 13 0 2
Augsburg 15 2 0 13

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Previous encounter

Bayern 6-0 Augsburg (1 April 2017) – Bundesliga

Bayern goalscorers: R. Lewandowski (17’) (55’) (79’) T. Müller (36′) (80′) Thiago Alcântara (62′)

Players to watch

With Robert Lewandowski returning from a thigh injury, all eyes will no doubt be on the Poland striker as he looks to repeat his hat-trick against Augsburg last season. With 11 Bundesliga goals to his name in 11 appearances, the 29-year-old should be a threat to the away team’s defence.

With five clean sheets in 11 league matches, goalkeeper Marwin Hitz has been a man in form. Augsburg’s defence has been particularly solid this season although facing the Bavarians prolific attack will provide a major examination. How Hitz performs at the Allianz Arena could be key to the final outcome.

Team form and quotes

With Bayern in irresistible form under coach Jupp Heynckes, the veteran mentor has made it clear high standards must be maintained against the visitors. He told a press conference, “We need to go into the game very well prepared. It won’t be easy.”

Meanwhile, Augsburg’s Manuel Baum called for his team to play with aggression, saying, “We need a top performance, a highly aggressive performance. And then we have to – if possible – take the Bavarians to their strengths. But I can not tell you the exact plan yet. I’m looking forward to the game. It will be a big challenge.”

Team news

Thiago Alcântara is out with a knock to his knee while Jérôme Boateng is doubtful. David Alaba’s participation is also questionable. Franck Ribéry and Thomas Müller are back in contention.

For Fuggerstädter, striker Alfreð Finnbogason is set to return after overcoming a nagging groin injury. Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker could come into the team at the expense of Kevin Danso.