The Bundesliga is back in action at the home of FC Augsburg who welcome Europa League pursuing Wolfsburg as both sides looks to hit the ground running.
It will almost be a year to the day since Die Wölfe’s dismantled a fragile Augsburg side 8-1 to secure a Europa League spot having miraculously rebounded from the cusp of relegation the season before.
Augsburg will be welcoming new manager, and former Bayer Leverkusen man, Heiko Herrlich to the dugout for the first time who will look to lead his new side away from looming relegation.
The home side, who sit brawling for survival at the bottom of the Bundesliga, are winless in their last six league fixtures conceding 13 goals in the process.
Having fought to the end for a point earlier in the season at the Volkswagen Arena, Augsburg will be hoping to use their home turf as an advantage.
Wolfsburg have won just twice in their last five Bundesliga fixtures and are unbeaten in six league games. The Wolves have scored an average of two goals a game which has put them in good stead as they look to cement a European place.
Three red cards have been brandished in the last five meetings; A fixture that is sends North and South to war. A feisty affair with a knockout blow. Bragging rights on the line.
Augsburg have just two players doubtful ahead of their clash with Wolfsburg. Fabian Giefer remains a doubt with a foot injury meanwhile former Borussia Dortmund man Julian Schieber remains a doubt due to a calf injury.
The Wolves have certainly been hindered by injuries of late with at least three players out of the matchday squad. Yannick Gerhardt has been ruled out with a head injury which was picked up in a recent friendly. It has since been declared the midfielder did not require surgery. Joshua Guilavogui has also been ruled out with a knee injury and William also.
Wolfsburg’s top goal scorer Wout Weghorst, with 11 goals , will also be absent ahead of the fixture due to suspension.
The away side’s former Atletico Madrid midfielder, Ignacio Camacho, remains a doubt ahead of the game with an ankle injury.
The game will be broadcasted live on BT Sport Extra 1 HD for fans in the UK, meanwhile, in for fans in the US the game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports.
A match report and minute-by-minute LIVE updates will be found on the VAVEL website.
Kick-Off: 14:30 GMT
Venue: Augsburg Arena