After securing a place in the DFB-Pokal third round, FC Augsburg return to Bundesliga action at home to 1. FC Nürnberg on Saturday, 3rd November (15:30 CET). FCA want to complete their busy week with a third win in a row, following a narrow 2-1 win in Hannover last Saturday and the 3-2 extra time victory at home to Mainz in the DFB-Pokal. Here are the facts you need to know ahead of the match with Nürnberg:
Club record: FC Augsburg have secured 12 points from their opening nine Bundesliga matches of the season, equaling their start to this point last season. FCA have won three matches and drawn three whilst securing a positive goal difference of +2. Manuel Baum’s side have also scored 16 league goals so far this season, four more than the twelve goals scored up until this point last season. This is the best the club have achieved across the previous nine seasons.
Weaknesses away from home: 1. FC Nürnberg have not won away from home in ten attempts, a winless run spanning the beginning of this season and the end of last season. ‘Der Club’ have lost nine of those matches and drawn once.
Vulnerable FCN: Nürnberg have only scored one goal away from home so far this season, the joint lowest in the Bundesliga alongside Mainz. Nürnberg have also conceded 15 goals away from home so far this season, the highest of any Bundesliga side.
Strong recent form: Alfred Finnbogason acted as a reliable piece of FC Augsburg’s attack in Hannover last weekend. The Icelandic striker wasn’t fully involved in the match as he was restricted to just a few touches. However, Finnbogason was still able to get on the scoresheet, scoring a 63rd minute penalty to give FCA a crucial 2-0 lead which helped to secure victory. Finnbogason has now scored five goals in his first four appearances of the season, scoring once every 61 minutes he has been on the pitch.
Ice cool from the spot: Finnbogason has scored each of the six penalties he has taken in the Bundesliga for FC Augsburg.
Set piece specialists: FC Augsburg have scored nine of their twelve Bundesliga goals from set pieces so far this season. This is the highest of any side in the Bundesliga.
Facing his former club: FCA forward Julian Schieber, signed from Hertha Berlin this summer, spent the 2010/11 season on loan in Nürnberg from Stuttgart. In 29 Bundesliga appearances for FCN, Schieber scored seven goals and five goals and this made him the top scorer for Der Club that season.