Borussia Dortmund’s trip to Augsburg on Saturday will mark their 1,800th Bundesliga game and Lucien Favre will be eyeing back-to-back wins to keep the early-season momentum going.
BVB’s young stars caused havoc last week in the Borussen derby, beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 with 17-year-old Jude Bellingham starting alongside another 17-year-old in Giovanni Reyna and linking up for the opener.
Rising generational talent Erling Braut Haaland naturally helped himself to a brace, while Jadon Sancho was not far from the action, providing a scintillating assist for Dortmund’s third and Haaland’s second of the match.
Augsburg likewise kicked off in fine fashion, netting three goals against Union Berlin in a convincing opening-day victory, but the club are currently on a seven-game winless run at home in the Bundesliga (three draws, four losses) and have only beaten Dortmund once in their previous 10 league games.
Couple in the fact that Augsburg have never won their opening two Bundesliga fixtures and Dortmund will be licking their lips already. If Augsburg are to get a result, they will need to tighten up at the back, having conceded 10 goals to Dortmund last term.
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Augsburg & Borussia Dortmund’s previous line-ups:
- Augsburg (vs Union Berlin): Gikiewicz; Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Iago; Khedira, Gruezo; Gregoritsch, Caligiuri, Vargas; Niederlechner.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Monchengladbach): Burki; Can, Hummels, Akanji; Meunier, Witsel, Bellingham, Hazard; Reyna, Sancho, Haaland.
Dortmund remain without Marcel Schmelzer, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Raphael Guerreiro, Nico Schulz and Mateu Morey, while Augsburg have Eduard Lowen sidelined with a muscle injury.
Players to watch:
- Augsburg: Goals have not been an issue for Fuggerstadter, who netted four against Dortmund last season, and while Heiko Herrlich will be advised to tighten things up at the back, he will need to maintain his side’s devastating form in front of goal. BVB have proven clinical and ruthless in the final third, so you almost feel Augsburg will need to net at least two goals if they are to get something from this game. Luckily they have Florian Niederlechner spearheading the attack. Last season was his maiden campaign and he marked it with three goals against Dortmund, two at home and one away, and he will fancy his chances again this time round. In fact, Augsburg have scored in each of their last 13 Bundesliga games against Dortmund and they will want to keep that run going.
- Borussia Dortmund: Augsburg, as they found out last season, are coming up against a side that also boasts a formidable attacking frontline. There are plenty of options for Favre to choose from in the final third, but one player who has consistently provided the goods for the Swiss coach is Jadon Sancho. An active target of Manchester United this summer, the England international was recently named on the shortlist for Tuttosport’s illustrious Golden Boy and is tipped to take home the gong for his contributions last season. A return of 17 and 16 assists in the Bundesliga is world class territory for a 20-year-old, and he will want to build on that form to knock Bayern Munich off their pedestal this season.