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Bundesliga

Hoffenheim hoping to hold a lead

Augsburg – Only FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund have gone in front more times than winless TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this season. They will hope they can turn a lead into three points at FC Augsburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

Top facts

    This season marks the first time in the club’s history that Hoffenheim are without a win six games into a Bundesliga season.Only FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund have taken the lead more times than Hoffenheim this season (four). However, Markus Gisdol's men have picked up just a single point from those matches.The home side has won the last five meetings between the pair, while Augsburg have lost their last three competitive matches away from home.While Augsburg's last three goals have come from Paul Verhaegh penalties, Hoffenheim are yet to score from a dead-ball this season.Augsburg had not conceded a goal in the first half of a Bundesliga game this season before they let in four in the opening 21 minutes in Mönchengladbach on Wednesday.

Possible line-ups

Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh, Hong, Klavan, Stafylidis – Baier – Esswein, Kohr, Altintop, Ji - Matavz

Absentees: Opare (muscle injury), Parker (knee), Schuster (adductor), Werner (thigh)

Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kaderabek, Bicakcic, Süle, Kim – Schwegler – Rudy, Polanski – Volland, Schmid - Vargas

Absentees: Elyounoussi (thigh), Ochs, Malbasic, Herdling

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