The battle between Raul Bobadilla (l.) and Jerome Boateng will be a fascinating sub-plot when Bayern welcome Augsburg to the Allianz Arena - © imago
The battle between Raul Bobadilla (l.) and Jerome Boateng will be a fascinating sub-plot when Bayern welcome Augsburg to the Allianz Arena - © imago
Bundesliga

Bayern vs Augsburg: ones to watch

Munich - Champions FC Bayern München boast a 100 per cent record as they bid for an unprecedented fourth Bundesliga title, but they face a stiff test against plucky neighbours FC Augsburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST).

bundesliga.com takes a look at some of the key protagonists in this Matchday 4 Bavarian derby…

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Jerome Boateng

Back in the side after missing Bayern’s last league game with suspension, the Germany FIFA World Cup winner’s presence will make the Bayern defence somewhat more familiar compared to the back four of Juan Bernat, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm.

Fresh from two solid performances for German in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, Boateng will be keen to resume his function as Bayern’s defensive rock, and his physicality in this game, particularly against the likes of Augsburg’s Raul Bobadilla, could make for a thrilling spectacle.

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Raul Bobadilla

One guarantee is that Paraguay international Bobadilla will not be overawed by the occasion at the Allianz Arena. After all, he scored perhaps the most famous goal of his career in this fixture a few months ago as Augsburg beat Bayern to record the club’s first and only win over the Reds.

His season started with a red card on Matchday 1 against Hertha and he is yet to find his form, but the visitors will look to make the most of his physical threat, either at set-pieces or on the break.

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