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Bundesliga

Bayer out to prolong Augsburg agony

Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen have never lost to FC Augsburg in eight previous Bundesliga encounters. Can the hosts extend that run to maintain their momentum on Sunday? (kick-off 17:30CEST/15:30GMT)

History

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Top facts

    Leverkusen are the first team in Bundesliga history to have a negative goal difference after seven games and still enjoy a position in the top five coming into Matchday 8.Leverkusen are the only team whose top goalscorer is under 20 years old: Julian Brandt, 19, has struck twice this season, making him the only Bayer player to have found the net more than once.Coaches Roger Schmidt and Markus Weinzierl completed their coaching badges together in 2011.Augsburg have already conceded three penalties this season, almost as many as in the whole of the 2014/15 campaign (four). They have lost each time they have given away a spot-kick.Stefan Kießling has not scored since the Matchday 1 encounter with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.Last February Marwin Hitz became only the third goalkeeper in Bundesliga history to find the net without scoring from the spot to salvage a 2-2 draw for Augsburg. It is the sole point the Bavarians have ever registered against Die Werkself.

Possible line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno - Hilbert, Tah, K. Papadopoulos, Wendell - L. Bender, Kramer - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu - Kießling, Mehmedi

Absentees: Toprak (thigh), Aranguiz (Achilles)

Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Callsen-Bracker, Klavan, Feulner - Baier - Esswein, Koo, Halil Altintop, Ji - Bobadilla

Absentees: Werner (thigh), Parker (knee)