bundesliga.com previews the Matchday 5 encounter at the BayArena...
Both clubs are at a potential decisive point in the season with Roger Schmidt's (r.) Leverkusen needing to recover from a draw and Sunday's crushing defeat to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga while Augsburg could set their sights high with a third straight win.
Having rested players at the weekend, Bayer boss Schmidt is expected to ring the changes. At least one of them is enforced with suspended. Striker (l.) could return, but that does not necessarily mean will drop back down to the bench, as attacking midfielder Levin Öztunali could also make way.
Augsburg head coach Markus Weinzierl has no pressing need to revamp his starting XI. Midfielder (l.) is still out injured, but the four-man frontline of , , and are all set to be unleashed on Leverkusen.
Likely to return to Bayer's starting line-up, will look to lift Leverkusen's spirits with a tonic of goals. Already on target nine times in all competitions this season, the 2012/13 top scorer was dearly missed on Matchday 4 when B04 struggled to put the ball in the net away to Wolfsburg.
Since (r.) was granted a place in Augsburg's starting XI on Matchday 3, the Bavarians have won back-to-back games. With two goals and an assist, the Argentinian attacker seems intent on replicating the best form of his life from his Young Boys days in Switzerland (21 goals/9 assists).
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen coach): "It's always hard to face Augsburg - they're very disciplined and have got some real weapons in their attack."
(Augsburg midfielder, l.): We're travelling there to get something.
Having started the season with five wins, UEFA Champions League participants Leverkusen have now gone three in all competitions without winning, passing on their 'team of the moment' tag to Augsburg, who have won two in a row and scored seven in their last three to edge to within a point of their hosts.
Leverkusen have history on their side: six times the two teams have met in the Bundesliga, and the Werkself have won every single one of them, home and away, scoring 18 and conceding only six.
Leverkusen: Leno - Jedvaj, Reinartz, Spahic, Boenisch - Castro, Bender - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Drmic - Kießling
Augsburg:Hitz - Verhaegh, Callsen-Bracker, Klavan, Baba - Kohr, Baier - Bobadilla, Halil Altintop, Werner - Mölders