Summary

  • Köln one of five teams locked on 21 points.
  • Augsburg unbeaten in five Bundesliga meetings with the Billy Goats.
  • Dirk Schuster's side have won just once in six league outings.

Boosted by a dramatic late victory in last weekend's Rheinderby, 1. FC Köln are targeting third place as they look to break their Bundesliga hoodoo against FC Augsburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT)

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After Marcel Risse's sensational free-kick handed them an injury-time win over rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach, Köln will be looking to seal back-to-back Bundesliga successes for the first time since Matchday 4 as they entertain Augsburg. The only problem? They haven't beaten the Bavarians in five Bundesliga outings, since a 3-0 home win in October 2011. Coach Peter Stöger will be hoping that with the help of Anthony ModesteEuropean football's joint-top goalscorer – the Billy Goats can finally get the better of Die Fuggerstädter and possibly go as high as third.

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Augsburg come into the weekend in 12th place, and so far they have only managed to beat teams below them in the table – SV Darmstadt 98 (15th), SV Werder Bremen (16th) and FC Ingolstadt 04 (17th). Three points against Köln would give Dirk Schuster's side a little bit of breathing room, and they should be feeling reasonably confident after holding in-form Hertha Berlin last time out. Perhaps Schuster's biggest concern is goals – Augsburg have only netted 10 times in 11 outings.

Anthony Modeste is joint-leader of the Bundesliga scoring charts with 12 goals. © gettyimages

Match Stats:

  • Köln have racked up 21 points after 11 matches. It's their best start to a season since 1989/90, when they finished runners-up in the Bundesliga.
  • With 12 points so far, Augsburg have twice as many points as they did at the same stage last season.
  • Going back to last season, the Billy Goats are unbeaten in their last seven home matches.
  • Two of Augsburg's three wins this season have come away from home.
  • Just two of Augsburg's 10 goals this season have been scored by strikers. Only four of Köln's 18 goals, on the other hand, haven't been scored by forwards.
  • Augsburg coach Dirk Schuster was part of the first Köln side to be relegated in 1997/98.

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