Summary

  • Augsburg picked up their second win of 2016 in beating Werder Bremen last Saturday.
  • Stuttgart are without a win in four games.
  • Alexander Esswein and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, who both scored in the reverse fixture, have been ruled out for the season.

FC Augsburg will look to give their survival hopes a boost with a win against fellow strugglers VfB Stuttgart at the WWK ARENA on Saturday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Augsburg are three points worse off than their visitors ahead of the game, though last Saturday's come-from-behind 2-1 win at SV Werder Bremen - courtesy of goals from Alfred Finnbogason and Jeong-Ho Hong - saw the Bavarians pull out of the relegation zone at Die Grün-Weißen's expense.

Watch: Werder Bremen 1-2 FC Augsburg - match highlights

Stuttgart have a five-point cushion on the drop zone following last week's 3-1 loss at league leaders FC Bayern München. Despite putting in a spirited performance against the champions, doubts are creeping into Stuttgart's play, with the Swabians taking just two points from their last four games.

Watch: VfB Stuttgart 1-3 FC Bayern München - match highlights

Matchday 13 rewind: VfB Stuttgart 0-4 FC Augsburg

Augsburg swept to their biggest-ever Bundesliga win as they easily saw off the challenge of southern neighbours Stuttgart.

Goals: 0-1 Esswein (11'), 0-2 Esswein (17'), 0-3 Callsen-Bracker (36'), 0-4 Koo (54')

Watch: match highlights

Matchday 30 - match stats

  • Augsburg's 2-1 win over Bremen saw them end a run of six Bundesliga games without a win. It was just their second Rückrunde victory.
  • Stuttgart's 3-1 loss to champions FC Bayern saw them complete a run of four games without a win (two draws, two losses) for the first time since Jürgen Kramny was appointed as coach in December.
  • Kramny collected 17 points in his first eight Bundesliga games. The 44-year-old has now picked up only six points from his most recent eight games.
  • Stuttgart have conceded a league-high 59 goals. Only 16th-placed Bremen have let in as many.
  • Augsburg are without a win in five games at their WWK ARENA. Their last home win came against FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 16.
  • Augsburg have already lost seven games at home. An eighth would be an undesirable new record for them in the Bundesliga.
  • Stuttgart have lost only one of their last seven away games - a 4-0 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 24.
  • Despite this season's difficulties, Markus Weinzierl has collected 164 points from 131 games since becoming Augsburg coach in the 2012/13 season. Stuttgart have collected 20 fewer points in that time.

Possible line-ups

Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max - Janker, Baier (c) - Bobadilla, Altintop, Caiuby - Finnbogason

Absentees: Callsen-Bracker (broken leg), Esswein (thigh), Moravek (light training), Ji (light training),

Coach: Markus Weinzierl

Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Sunjic, Schwaab, Niedermeier, Insua - Werner, Didavi, Rupp, Kostic - Kravets

Absentees: Die (adductor), Großkreutz (thigh), Ginczek (knee), Maxim (light training), Gentner (light training)

Coach: Jürgen Kramny

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