Augsburg scouting report: Poor start to the season
FC Augsburg have been playing in the Bundesliga for nearly a decade now, but they find themselves at the wrong end of the table after a bad start to the new season.
The 2019/20 campaign has not started well for Augsburg. After being knocked out of the DFB Cup by fourth-tier outfit SC Verl, they have lost 5-1 at Borussia Dortmund, drawn 1-1 at home to newly promoted 1. FC Union Berlin and been beaten 3-2 by SV Werder Bremen. With just one point from three games, Martin Schmidt’s side currently occupy 16th place in the table, while nine goals conceded from the first three matches of the season is an unwanted club record. That means FCA are already under big pressure ahead of Eintracht’s visit.
Schmidt used a 4-2-3-1 formation on the first three matchdays, with Augsburg mainstay Daniel Baier sitting in front of the defence alongside Carlos Gruezo, who joined from FC Dallas in the summer. Another new signing, former SC Freiburg man Florian Niederlechner, has been occupying the lone striker role. In the defeat at Bremen on Matchday 3, wingers Ruben Vargas and Marco Richter played deeper in order to make the midfield more compact and allow the team to regain its shape quickly after losing possession.
One to watch: Marco Richter
Germany Under-21 international Richter could well be the key man for Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. Although he made his Bundesliga debut back on 14 October 2017 in an away match against TSG Hoffenheim, he had to wait until the second half of last season for his big breakthrough. At the Commerzbank-Arena on Matchday 29, the winger cancelled out Goncalo Paciencia’s early opener before netting a second goal in an eventual 3-1 victory for FCA. It was also his first brace in the top flight.
At this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship – where Germany reached the final – Richter started in all three group matches for Stefan Kuntz’s side and made a name for himself with three goals and two assists.