Augsburg travel to Fortuna Düsseldorf on the opening day of the season looking to get their first ever matchday 1 win over Manuel Baum. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of #F95FCA.
Away wins: There have only ever been two Bundesliga meetings between these two sides and on both occasions the visiting team have gone home victorious.
Goal drought on opening day: Augsburg have won none of their previous seven matchday 1 games in the Bundesliga and have only drawn one of those games (2-2 v Freiburg in 2011/12). FCA have failed to score in the other six opening-day defeats.
Strong backline: FCA only conceded 22 goals away from home in 2017/18, to sit joint third in that category alongside Schalke. Only Bayern (13) and Hertha (19) conceded fewer goals on their travels last term.
Promotion: After five seasons in Germany’s second division – the longest uninterrupted spell in the Bundesliga 2 – Fortuna were promoted to the Bundesliga once more and champions in 2017/18.
Reunion: Fabian Giefer played for Fortuna between 2012 and 2014 and was between the sticks for all 34 of Düsseldorf’s that season, as well as 30 further games in the second division in 2013. The keeper has been at Augsburg for one year.
Referee: 44-year-old Markus Schmidt takes charge of Saturday’s game. The referee from Stuttgart has over 20 years of experience as a DFB official.