Munich - FC Augsburg seemed to be suffering from the 'second-season syndrome' after promotion in 2011, going into the winter break with a mere nine points, but a miracle turnaround has revived the Bavarians' hopes of seeing top-flight football for a third year running.

With 15 points garnered so far in the second half of the season, 16th-placed Augsburg, who have won three of their last four matches, are the third-best side in the Bundesliga since the winter break.

  • Augsburg have collected 15 points since the winter break compared to only nine during the complete first half of the season.

  • Their deficit on 15th place has shrunk from eleven to five points.

  • Markus Weinzierl's men haven't lost a single game after taking the lead, winning five and drawing three.

  • FC Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV are the only teams who have conceded fewer goals than FCA (three) from counter-attacks.

  • Augsburg have been finding it hard to come back from deficits - they lost twelve of the 14 matches in which they fell behind.

  • Only 19 clearcut chances this season are the fewest of all teams.

  • Their defence is statistically the weakest in challenges, getting the better of only 53.4 per cent of their duels.

  • No other team has scored fewer goals from set-pieces than Augsburg (four).

has been playing an integral part in Augsburg's midfield since joining them on loan from Wolfsburg at the start of 2012. The 30-time South Korean international midfielder has scored three goals and set-up another two in the current campaign and his creativity and work rate could be fundamental in FCA's attempt to repeat last season's top-flight survival.

  • Matchday 27: Hannover 96 (H)
  • Matchday 28: Borussia Dortmund (A)
  • Matchday 29: Eintracht Frankfurt (H)
  • Matchday 30: Borussia Mönchengladbach (A)
  • Matchday 31: VfB Stuttgart (H)
  • Matchday 32: SC Freiburg (A)
  • Matchday 33: FC Bayern Munich (A)
  • Matchday 34: Greuther Fürth (H)