With neither side sitting comfortably in the table, FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg are set for a nervous 90 minutes in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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With just a single win in their last six league outings, and a draining UEFA Europa League Last 16 double-header with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke's season could unravel quickly in the next week if they fail to secure a positive result against coach Markus Weinzierl's former club.

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With just four points between themselves and the bottom three ahead of MD24, Weinzierl's current squad of players must be happy to find Augsburg virtually in the same boat, just a point better off having picked up only a win and a draw to offset two defeats in their last four Bundesliga matches.

Five goals and four assists for Schalke's Nabil Bentaleb saw him named Bundesliga Rookie of the Hinrunde. © gettyimages / Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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Match Stats

  • With only 27 points on the board, Schalke have their lowest tally after 23 matches since 1998/99 (24 points).
  • Augsburg have collected a league-high 15 points from losing positions so far this season.
  • The Royal Blues have conceded four of their last five Bundesliga goals between the 64th-79th minute.
  • Augsburg have already picked up the same number of points in nine matches under Manuel Baum as they managed in 14 under his predecessor Dirk Schuster (14).
  • Schalke’s Weinzierl has averaged 1.2 points per game, compared to 1.3 during his time at the Augsburg helm: the lowest points average for a Schalke coach in the last 23 years.
  • Die Fuggerstädter are unbeaten in their last four against Schalke (W1, D3), but have only won one of their 11 top-flight meetings with the Royal Blues.

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