Ten reasons FCA will stay up
FC Augsburg boss Jos Luhukay has plenty of reason to be cheerful: for the first time this season his side has a four point cushion above the relegation zone. Their previous maximum was two.
Augsburg have already amassed more points in the second half of the season (18) than in the entire pre-Christmas period (15), winning four and drawing six of their 14 games since the turn of the year. Here Sebastian Langkamp (l.) celebrates his late winner against Wolfsburg on Matchday 31.
Augsburg are a tough nut to crack and have lost the fewest games (twelve) of all the teams in the lower half of the table. Here Daniel Baier (r.) battles with Gladbach's Filip Daems
Ja-Cheol Koo has hit the ground running at Augsburg and if he can help them pick up four points against their last three opponents (Schalke, Gladbach and Hamburg), as they did before Christmas, they should survive: 37 points have been enough to stay up in each of the last twelve years.
Of all the relegation-threatened teams, Augsburg, here with defensive midfielder Hajime Hosogai (l.) have conceded the fewest goals (48).
They are also unpredictable: Out of all the Bundesliga clubs, only SC Freiburg have more different goal scorers (16) than Augsburg (15).
Augsburg are a stronger team at home than their direct relegation rivals 1. FC Köln and Hertha BSC Berlin. Two of their three remaining league games are at their SGL arena, where they have only lost once in their last nine matches.
Dangerous set-pieces: Marcel De Jong fires in one of his fearsome free-kicks that have helped Augsburg to score twice as many goals from dead-ball situations (eight) in the second half of the season than in the first (four).
Paul Verhaegh (l.) has been key to Augsburg's defensive stability. Only four goals have been conceded as a direct result of individual mistakes - a respectable return for a Bundesliga newcomer and relegation candidate.
Augsburg rely on experienced players, such as 35-year-old keeper Simon Jentzsch. With an average age of 27.1 years, they are the 'oldest' side in the Bundesliga.