Augsburg will look to return to winning ways when the face a Bochum side who are still searching for their first away points of the season.
|Thomas Letsch.||Photo: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Augsburg are currently winless in six league games, leaving them in 14th place with four points separating them from the bottom three.
Despite struggling to pick up victories, Augsburg would have taken confidence from holding Union Berlin to a 2-2 draw in their away meeting last weekend. Enrico Maaßen’s side had to come behind on two occasions, with Florian Niederlechner scoring a brace to ensure the contest finished in a 2-2 draw.
While the Fuggerstädter have scored in their last nine Bundesliga matches, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven straight games. They have also conceded at least two goals in their previous five league matches, and they will need to improve defensively if they are to record all three points against Bochum.
Augsburg have only picked up five of their 15 points from home games, and they will be looking to record their second home win of the Bundesliga season on Saturday.
Mërgim Berisha and Niklas Dorsch are expected to miss out with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively. The hosts are also expected to be without the services of Raphael Framberger, Andre Hahn, Noah Sarenren-Bazee and Tobias Strobl.
Bochum have the chance to record consecutive victories after beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 last weekend.
Christopher Antwi-Adjei and Philipp Hofmann both scored a goal apiece in the opening 12 minutes, and although Alassane Pléa halved the deficit in the second half, Bochum held firm to claim their third league win of the season.
Despite winning last weekend, Thomas Letsch’s side remain in the bottom two with four points separating them from safety. Although, they are only one point adrift of Hertha BSC, who occupy the relegation playoff place.
After losing all seven of their Bundesliga away games, Bochum will be looking to pick up their first away points of the season this weekend. They will need to improve at both ends of the pitch after conceding 22 away goals in their seven away matches, while they have only found the net on four occasions in that period.
The hosts will be unable to call upon Jacek Goralski, Paul Grave and Dominique Heintz. There also doubts over the availability of Takuma Asano, Marko Johansson, Lys Mousset and Erhan Masovic.