- Eighth-placed Wolves need to win to keep European hopes alive.
- Augsburg two points above relegation play-off place in 14th.
- Last game between two teams ended goalless on Matchday 14.
Only a win will do when VfL Wolfsburg welcome FC Augsburg to the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Wolfsburg's 3-2 defeat to SV Werder Bremen all but ended their hopes of returning to the UEFA Champions League next season, but a UEFA Europa League finish remains a distinct possibility. With the three teams directly above them all six points better off and only two Europa League spots available, however, Dieter Hecking's eighth-placed charges simply must deliver on Matchday 31.
Visitors Augsburg have certainly succeeded on that front of late following back-to-back wins over Bremen and VfB Stuttgart. Markus Weinzierl's side now have the comfort of a two-point cushion on the relegation zone, but are by no stretch of the imagination safe yet. Should they lose in Wolfsburg, Die Fuggerstädter could wind up occupying the relegation play-off spot with only three rounds of fixtures remaining.
Matchday 14 rewind: Augsburg 0-0 Wolfsburg
There was nothing to separate the two sides at the WWK Arena, with Paul Verhaegh going closest for Augsburg and a Naldo free-kick the best Wolfsburg could muster before being reduced to ten men when Dante collected a second yellow card late on.
Matchday 31 - match stats
- After VfB Stuttgart, Wolfsburg have been the weakest team in the Bundesliga over the last five matchdays, dropping 13 points and conceding nine goals in that time.
- Augsburg's 1-0 win over VfB Stuttgart last Saturday was their second in a row. It was the first time Weinzerl's side had won back-to-back games in 2016, and lifted them from 16th to 14th.
- Augsburg have won five away games this season, but each time has been against a team in the bottom half of the table.
- Wolfsburg have only won two of their previous eight games at their Volkswagen Arena.
- Only FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund have a better Bundesliga record against Wolfsburg than Augsburg do. Augsburg have three wins, four draws and two defeats against the Wolves.
- In Ja-Cheol Koo, Daniel Baier, Marwin Hitz, Caiuby and Alexander Esswein, Augsburg have five former Wolfsburg players in their squad.
- Wolfsburg have conceded only two goals from set pieces this season. However, Hecking's men have conceded 39 from open play - the fourth-worst record in the league.
- Having picked up his fifth yellow card in Matchday 30's 3-2 loss at Bremen, Andre Schürrle - Wolfsburg's top scorer in the Rückrunde with six - is suspended for the first time in his Bundesliga career.
- Ausgburg's winter signing Alfred Finnbogason has already scored five goals in ten games, and four in the last five.
- Wolfsburg forward Max Kruse has only scored one goal in his last 17 Bundesliga games.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Gustavo - Henrique, Arnold, Caligiuri - Dost
Absentees: Schürrle (suspended), Vieirinha (ankle), Draxler (thigh), Jung (knee)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Augsburg: Hitz - Opare, Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max - Baier - Caiuby, Altintop, Feulner, Koo - Finnbogason
Absentees: Kohr (suspended), Callsen-Bracker (broken leg), Esswein (thigh), Moravek, Ji (both light training)
Coach: Markus Weinzierl