• Weinzierl back at his former club this weekend.
  • Schalke coach had successful spell at Augsburg, guiding them into Europe.
  • Royal Blues hoping to build on first win of the season after five defeats.

FC Schalke 04 head coach Markus Weinzierl returns to his former club as the Royal Blues pay FC Augsburg a visit this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh would like to see Weinzierl given a warm welcome when he returns to the city on Saturday. "He had four successful years here and then opted for a new challenge at a big club," said the Dutch defender. "That's fair and understandable, but tribute should be paid for what he did here." Indeed, not only did Weinzierl repeatedly keep the Bavarians in the Bundesliga, he led them to an historic UEFA Europa League campaign last season, although they are just three points off the top six after six games of the current campaign.

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Things have not panned out quite as Weinzierl would have liked at Schalke, with five straight defeats to start the campaign up until the revitalising win over Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out. The Royal Blues now need to take a leaf out of Gladbach's book by replicating their rise up the standings from last season, which culminated in qualification for the UEFA Champions League. "We want to be in as good a position as possible come Christmas," said Weinzierl.

Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl returns to his former home in Augsburg this weekend.

Match Facts

  • Augsburg have won only one of their last ten meetings with Schalke, but are unbeaten in their last three.
  • Despite never having fallen a goal down in home games against Schalke, Augsburg have only won one from five Bundesliga match-ups on their own patch against the Royal Blues.
  • Augsburg midfielder Halil Altintop has lost 10 of his 13 games against former club Schalke.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored three of Schalke's four Bundesliga goals on Augsburg soil.
  • Schalke have only conceded eight goals in 11 competitive games against Augsburg.
  • Schalke loan signing Abdul Rahman Baba made 31 Bundesliga appearances in his one and only season at Augsburg, before joining parent club Chelsea FC in summer 2015.

The venue - WWK Arena