Back into the rhythm with the home advantage

Preview of the home fixture against FC Augsburg

Anthony Jung standing on the pitch.
The Green-Whites are looking to win all three points in front of the home crowd (Photo: W.DE).
preliminary report
Friday, 08.12.2023 / 15:00

The next challenge is lined up for the Green-Whites as they prepare to take on FC Augsburg at home on Saturday, 9th December (15:30 CET), following a disappointing 2-0 loss in Stuttgart last week. While FCA are focused on maintaining their strong form and extending their unbeaten streak, SVW are looking to use the home advantage to win all three points and create some distance between them and the relegation zone.

Squad update: Amos Pieper (broken ankle), Nicolai Rapp (foot injury), and Leon Opitz (torn ligament in foot) are all continuing to work on their rehabilitation and will not be involved as a result. However, Jiri Pavlenka is set to return to head coach Ole Werner’s squad after recovering from a cold.

Ole Werner on the opposition: "The opposition are at a similar level to us. They play intense football with passion and are strong runners. We have to adapt to their style of play, support each other and keep a cool head."

Spot kicks looking likely

Head-to-head record: Augsburg have won twelve of their Bundesliga clashes against SVW, while the Green-Whites have defeated FCA on eight occasions. Augsburg were victorious in the last meeting between the two sides on matchday 23 of the 2022/23 season. Dion Drena Beljo got FCA off to the perfect start in the fifteenth minute before Jens Stage equalised for SVW. Arne Maier bagged early on in the second half to seal a 2-1 win for Augsburg.

Augsburg have SVW’s number: FCA have a lot of joy when they play against Werder. The Fuggerstädter have beaten any other Bundesliga side as many times as they’ve beaten SVW. Augsburg have also found success at the wohninvest WESERSTADION, having come away with three points on five occasions. FCA are currently unbeaten on the road under new head coach Jess Thorup, but Werder have looked tough to beat at home. The Green-Whites have picked up ten of their 12 points this season in front of their own fans. They’ve also been more prolific at the wohninvest WESERSTADION and have scored at least two goals in every home game this season with the exception of the matches against the league’s best two sides (FC Bayern and Leverkusen).

Dangerous in both boxes: FCA live and die by the sword when it comes to penalties. On the one hand, they’ve been awarded four spot-kicks this season, which is the third-highest total in the league. On the other hand, Augsburg have been reckless in their own box, giving away six penalties over the course of 13 matches. SVW have been awarded three penalties this campaign, but have also been penalised on three occasions.

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