Injury-ravaged Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on FC Augsburg at the WWK ARENA on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Die Werkself have slipped out of the top six after succumbing to back-to-back defeats, and arrive in Bavaria without suspended leading goalscorer Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.

Watch: Leverkusen 1-4 Bremen - match highlights

For yo-yoing Augsburg, meanwhile, the priority is survival, particularly after a defeat to fellow strugglers TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in midweek.

Watch: Hoffenheim 2-1 Augsburg - match highlights

History

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Matchday 8 rewind: Leverkusen 1-1 Augsburg

Goals1-0 Leno (o.g., 12'), 1-1 Bellarabi (39')

Hakan Calhanoglu missed a second-half penalty as Leverkusen were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg.

Watch: Match highlights

Matchday 25 - Match facts

  • Augsburg have won only one of their last nine Bundesliga home games.
  • Eight of Augsburg's 11 victories have come on the road.
  • Die Fuggerstädter have won none of their nine previous games against Leverkusen.
  • The first seven games between these sides saw Leverkusen take all three points. Both meetings in 2015 were draws.
  • Marwin Hitz became the third goalkeeper to score a Bundesliga goal from open play when he found the target in injury-time in last year's 2-2 draw with Leverkusen. The other two to have managed that feat are Jens Lehmann and Frank Rost.
  • Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno scored a strange own-goal in the reverse fixture (a 1-1 draw).
  • Die Werkself have scored 12 goals in their last four visits to Augsburg (an average of three per game).
  • Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter and Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler won the FIFA World Cup together as Germany teammates in 1990. Coaches Markus Weinzierl and Roger Schmidt graduated from the same coaching class in 2011.

Possible line-ups

Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max - Kohr - Koo - Bobadilla, Halil Altintop, Caiuby - Finnbogason

Absentees:  Callsen-Bracker (broken leg), Baier (ankle), Feulner (broken cheekbone)

Leverkusen: Leno - Jedvaj, Ramalho, Tah, Wendell - Kramer, Calhanoglu - Kruse, Mehmedi, Brandt - Bellarabi

Absentees: Papadopoulos (knee) Toprak (muscular), Aranguiz (light training), L. Bender (light training), Kampl (fractured fibula), Kießling (hip), Hernandez (suspended)

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