After the best start to a Bundesliga season in club history, with four points from their opening two matches, FC Augsburg carry a lot of confidence into their away match against FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday (15:30 CEST). Here are the top facts you need to know ahead of the clash.
Strong performances against Mainz last season: FCA won both of their Bundesliga matches against Mainz last season, just like the 2011/12 season. Eintracht Frankfurt were the only other side that FCA defeated in both Bundesliga fixtures last season.
Guaranteed goals: None of the 14 Bundesliga matches between Augsburg and Mainz have ended 0-0.
Best ever start to a season: FCA are unbeaten so far this season, taking four points from their opening two matches in their best start to a Bundesliga season in the eight seasons FCA have been in the top flight. The only other time Augsburg have been unbeaten after their opening two matches was in the club’s first Bundesliga season (two draws to begin the 2011/12 season).
Assist king: In the 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Philipp Max got his first assist of the season as he delivered the cross for Michael Gregoritsch to open the scoring. Max achieved 12 assists last season, a feat only bettered by FC Bayern München’s Thomas Müller (14).
Strength away from home: On the road, FCA are a difficult side to beat, having only lost one of their last seven matches away from home (two wins, four draws). That solitary defeat came on the final matchday of last season when FCA lost 2-0 away to Freiburg.
Caiuby’s favourite opponents: In the five Bundesliga matches Caiuby has featured in against Mainz, he has scored once and achieved three assists. The Brazilian has helped to create more goals against Mainz than any other Bundesliga team.