Augsburg and Darmstadt have picked up four points apiece from 12 on offer so far this season.
Augsburg and Darmstadt have picked up four points apiece from 12 on offer so far this season.

Augsburg's Schuster faces former flame Darmstadt

There will be no room for sentimentality when Dirk Schuster faces former club SV Darmstadt 98 for the first time since taking the reins at FC Augsburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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The 48-year-old enjoys hero status at Darmstadt, having steered the Hessen club back to the Bundesliga after a 33-year absence and masterminded their top-flight survival last term, but now presides over an Augsburg outfit enjoying their sixth successive campaign at Germany's top table. Die Fuggerstädter are unbeaten on the road this season, but have yet to win in front of their own fans.

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In Schuster's stead, Norbert Meier has made a decent enough start to his tenure as Darmstadt head coach. The Lilies have taken four points from a possible six at home, but are still searching for their first away points of the season following a 2-0 defeat to 1. FC Köln and a 6-0 hiding at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.

Match Facts

    Augsburg are in danger of losing their first three home matches of the season for the first time.Augsburg kept their first clean sheet of the season against Leverkusen last time out.Augsburg have committed a league-high 72 fouls so far this season.Darmstadt's only two goals of the season have been scored in the dying stages by substitutes.Darmstadt took four from a possible six points from games against Augsburg last season.Darmstadt captain Aytac Sulu and Augsburg skipper Paul Verhaegh were the highest-scoring defenders in the Bundesliga last season with seven and six goals respectively.

The venue - WWK Arena