Augsburg - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men travel to Bavaria as they aim for ninth consecutive Bundesliga win

BVB will fancy their chances against the newcomers on Saturday, looking to continue their astonish run of 18 games without defeat against Jos Luhukay's men



Verhaegh, Sankoh, Langkamp, Ostrzolek
Callsen-Bracker, Hosogai
Koo, Baier, Bellinghausen


Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz

Augsburg have a few absentees as they prepare to welcome the German champions to Bavaria. Marcel De Jong and Akaki Gogia are still recuperating from injuries, while Dawda Bah is slowly working his way back to fitness and is unlikely to feature on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund fans will have to wait at least a week for the return of Germany international Mario Gotze, who is recovering from a knock he picked up earlier this year. Julian Koch will join him in the stands as BVB are set to field a nearly full-strength squad.

Robert Lewandowski is expected to spearhead the attack, while Lucas Barrios and Ivan Perisic will have to settle for a place on the bench.

  • Augsburg have lost just two of their last nine Bundesliga games.
  • Jos Luhukay's team are currently unbeaten at home in five league matches, winning thrice and drawing twice.
  • Augsburg play on Saturday night for the first time in this Bundesliga season.
  • Borussia Dortmund set a new league record in the last round, winning their seventh consecutive game after a winter break, which had never been achieved before.

  • Jurgen Klopp has faced Jos Luhukay four times in competitive matches, and on all occasions was in charge of the victorious team.
  • Robert Lewandowski recorded his first ever Bundesliga hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Augsburg at the Signal Iduna Park earlier this season.