Lo­cal pride at stake as Bay­ern head to Augs­burg

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FC Augs­burg and FC Bay­ern München re­new ac­quain­tances for the sec­ond time in just four days to­day, with the vis­i­tors de­ter­mined to ex­tend their lead at the top of the ta­ble.

Af­ter meet­ing in the DFB Cup in mid­week, it is back to the Bun­desliga for the Bavar­ian duo. Augs­burg have only won twice in the league so far this sea­son and need the three points to steer clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

How­ever, they have only tri­umphed against their neigh­bours once be­fore at home – back in April 2014. Mean­while, cap­tain Paul Ver­haegh and Daniel Baier are both pre­par­ing to meet Bay­ern for the 11th time.

Bay­ern have got back to win­ning ways in the Bun­desliga, but with sev­eral teams breath­ing down their necks near the sum­mit, there can be no re­lax­ing for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

The lead­ers drew twice in a row be­fore last week­end’s con­vinc­ing vic­tory at home to Borus­sia Mönchenglad­bach set them on the right track once more.

And while Bay­ern’s record against Augs­burg is ex­cel­lent, the vic­to­ries have in­vari­ably been hard-fought af­fairs.

Augs­burg have lost more games against Bay­ern (eight) than against any other club in the Bun­desliga.

Augs­burg’s only two wins over Bay­ern have both come to­wards the end of sea­sons, when their Bavar­ian neigh­bours had al­ready been crowned cham­pi­ons.

Robert Le­wandowski has not scored in his last five Bun­desliga games – his long­est drought in a Bay­ern shirt.

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