bundesliga.com rounds up everything you need to know ahead of the sold-out SGL Arena encounter...
Following a disappointing start into the new campaign, three points are all that count for Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. “We need to react, we need to show our true colours,” said the 47-year-old at the pre-match press conference. Augsburg, who suffered a frustrating 2-0 defeat at 1899 Hoffenheim last weekend, will want to make sure their first home game this term will be a success.
Klopp had to do without as many as eight outfield players in training this week, with 2014 FIFA World Cup winner not quite yet back to full fitness and Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gündogan, Nuri Sahin, Marcel Schmelzer, Dong-Won Ji and Oliver Kirch all ruled out. , Sven Bender and Adrian Ramos, however, look set to be part of BVB's 18-man squad for the first time in the league this term.
Augsburg have have been suffering some injury problems themselves lately, but will be relieved to be able to welcome striker and young midfielder Erik Thommy back in the squad on Friday evening. Long-term casualties Jan Moravek und Alexander Esswein, meanwhile, will not be available for the SGL Arena encounter.
He may not have been back to his best but showed at the Signal Iduna Park that following a severe ankle injury that ruled him out of this summer's World Cup he is on the way back to form after some encouraging moments against Leverkusen. The 25-year-old netted in a friendly on Tuesday and his first league goal of the season can't be far off.
Augsburg captain was one of the Bavarians' shining lights in Hoffenheim. The Dutch World Cup participant was the source of several attacks at right-back and led by example as Augsburg improved vastly after the break in Sinsheim. He will be a key attacking outlet as well as an influential presence at the back.
Dortmund coach Klopp: “We want to cause them so many problems they will need another week to get back on track."
Augsburg coach Weinzierl: “BVB's defeat against Leverkusen won't be to our advantage. They'll be trying their very best to get a foothold and win their first points against us."
BVB seemed in great form after beating FC Bayern München 2-0 in the Supercup before dispatching Stuttgarter Kickers in the DFB Cup first round. The Schwarzgelben are now looking to get back to winning ways, as are Augsburg, who also lost in the Cup to third-tier 1. FC Magdeburg before their Matchday 1 defeat.
Of the current 18 Bundesliga sides, BVB have the best record against Augsburg, with four wins and two draws from six meetings. Weinzierl's men suffered their heaviest home league loss against BVB, both of them 4-0. even struck a hat-trick in the latter, his Bundesliga debut on Matchday 1 last season.
FC Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Callsen-Bracker, Klavan, Baba - Baier - Parker, Feulner, Altintop, Werner – Matavz
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Sokratis, Subotic (Ginter), Durm – Kehl –Mkhitaryan, Jojic, Reus, Großkreutz – Aubameyang