Bundesliga

Improving Augsburg target next win in Mainz

FC Augsburg are looking to extend their winning streak to three consecutive games when they travel to an off-colour 1. FSV Mainz 05 side for the Matchday 20 opener on Friday evening (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT).

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The 05ers have slipped down to 13th in the table after taking just two points from their first three Bundesliga outings this calendar year. Last week's 4-0 loss to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim made for difficult viewing, but coach Martin Schimdt will be eager for his charges to make amends at home to ensure the six-point gap to the relegation zone does not get any smaller.

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The mood is rather different in the Augsburg camp, where back-to-back wins for the first time in 2016/17 have lifted them to tenth - higher than at any point this season. The upswing has coincided with the return of talismanic striker Raul Bobadilla, whose last-gasp effort earned Die Függerstädter a dramatic victory against SV Werder Bremen last weekend.

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