Saturday sees FC Augsburg play their first competitive match of 2017 against TSG Hoffenheim. From 3.30 Manuel Baum will watch his side fight for three very important points to kick off the new year. Here are the crucial facts ahead of the game.
11th meeting: The two sides have already met ten time in the top flight of German football. However TSG have won four of the last five encounters.
Run: FC Augsburg haven’t lost the their first game after the winter break in four years, whereas TSG have gone winless in their last seven year-opening games.
Stable defence: Augsburg have only lost one of their last seven Bundesliga matches. In that time, Marwin Hitz has only had to pick the ball out of his own net three times, the best record in the league!
Home comforts: It’s been a while since Augsburg lost at home- a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the end of October. Since then, the side have picked up at least a point from every home game.
Strong transfers: 15 of the 28 goals Hoffenheim have scored so far this season have come from new arrivals, with the biggest majority going to new forward Sandro Wagner.
Hello, again: Augsburg midfielder Jonathan Schmid will face his old team for the first time since his move from Hoffenheim last summer. The 26-year-old Frenchman can already boast several appearances in red, green and white.