|The FC Augsburg host Schalke 04 in Bundesliga's afternoon match on Sunday. Augsburg could impress with strong performances the last weeks, but still need points against relegation. With Schalke they face a team that play for the direct qualification to Champions League.
had been the first favourite to relegate at the beginning of the season and most of the time it looked like they would go back to 2. Bundesliga again. But the no-name side did not give up, displayed great discipline and fighting spirit and made it out of the dark. After an (lucky) victory last Saturday in Wolfsburg they are even four points ahead of the play-off position now. Particular on their own ground Augsburg are doing pretty well, were defeated only four times at home, but had no chance against an in-form VfB Stuttgart (1:3) last time.
The FC Schalke
still stand on the 3rd position, but after defeats in Nürnberg (0:4) and in the big derby against Dortmund (1:2) last week, their direct Champions League position is in danger, as Mönchengladbach lie just a point behind them. Now the team had been bothered by a gastropod-intestinal disease during the week. Also with Papadopoulos and Fuchs (suspended) half the defense will miss the Augsburg match. However, coach Huub Stevens has enough quality in his squad, will send a decent side on the field. Schalke could win just two away matches in 2012. FC Augsburg v FC Schalke 04
Bundesliga: Round 32
Date: 22 April 2012 - 15:30 CET
Stadium: SGL Arena, Augsburg
Referee: Christian Dingert
Defenders: Verhaegh, Callsen-Bracker, Langkamp, Ostrzolek
Midfielders: Baier, Hosogai - Ndjeng, Koo, Bellinghausen
Injured: Bah, de Jong, Gogia, Hain
Booked: - Schalke:
Defenders: Höwedes, Matip, Metzelder, Escudero
Midfielders: Jones, Höger - Farfan, Raul, Draxler
Injured: Fährmann, Hildebrand, Papadopoulos
Both teams met just twice so far, both times Schalke were successful.
Augsburg lost only one of the last nine matches at home.
Rain at 9 °C is expected in Augsburg on Sunday afternoon.
Last meeting: 4 December 2011, Schalke - Augsburg 3:1
Wins Augsburg: 0
Wins Schalke: 2
|Recent performance (W - Win, D - Draw, L - Lose)
- D/W/L/L/W Schalke
Schalke clearly have the higher quality in the squad, but with passion and fighting spirit Augsburg are mostly successful at home. Open match with a tendency to shared points.
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