- Hoffenheim can complete Hinrunde unbeaten in Augsburg.
- Baum in charge for first game since being named full-time Augsburg head coach.
- Visitors have top four in sights.
With coach Manuel Baum confirmed until the end of the season, Augsburg can now look to put their heads down and build on a string of positive results at the end of 2016, including an impressive 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 16. Die Fuggerstädter have suffered just six defeats so far this season and will now set a new club record for the first half of a Bundesliga campaign, which currently stands at a minimum of eight losses, irrespective of the result against TSG.
Hoffenheim are bidding to become only the sixth side in Bundesliga history to reach the halfway mark of the season without tasting defeat. The Sinsheim outfit are also the only club in Europe’s top five divisions yet to lose in the league this campaign. While TSG will be rightly proud of their efforts, they will be keen in 2017 to begin converting draws into victories: Julian Nagelmann’s side have drawn ten of their 16 fixtures this season, including the last three in a row at Eintracht Frankfurt, at home to Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen.
- Augsburg have lost just one of their last seven Bundesliga games.
- FCA have won four of a possible six points under Manuel Baum.
- Hoffenheim have thrown away a league-high six leads this season.
- Sandro Wagner was the highest-scoring German in 2016 (19 goals).
- Augsburg have just 13 goals from their 16 games. They have scored two in a game just twice, and have yet to score more than two in 90 minutes. Three forwards (Alfred Finnbogason, Raul Bobadilla and Caiuby) have missed almost the entire campaign so far.
- FCA have ended each of the last four seasons ahead of Hoffenheim in the league table.