Previous
Dinamo Moscow
PSV Eindhoven
ESPN3 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Krasnodar
Everton
ESPN3 4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Standard Liege
ESPN3 5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rijeka
Sevilla FC
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Lille
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
Napoli
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Prague
BSC Young Boys
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Rio Ave
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dynamo Kiev
Steaua Bucuresti
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
Fiorentina
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Guingamp
PAOK Salonika
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Metalist Kharkiv
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Legia Warsaw
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
Borussia Monchengladbach
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Villarreal
Apollon Limassol
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Club Brugge
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Torino
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Asteras Tripoli
Partizan Belgrade
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
Besiktas
ESPN3 7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Celtic
Dinamo Zagreb
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
FK Astra Giurgiu
SV Salzburg
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Estoril
Panathinaikos
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
FK Qarabag
ESPN3 7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
St Etienne
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Chicago Fire
ESPN2 12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
Guadalajara
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Palmeiras
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
San Martin
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport Huancayo
Juan Aurich
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
UTC
Melgar
8:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
San Simón
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Rubio Ñú
12 de Octubre
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cerro Porteño
Sol de América
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bolívar
Universitario de Pando
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Real Potosí
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Universitario de Sucre
Sport Boys Warnes
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Blooming
Wilstermann
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Douglas Haig
Argentinos Juniors
10:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Ferro Carril Oeste
San Martín de San Juan
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
California Poly State Univ
UC Irvine
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Oregon State
Stanford
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Washington
California
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Missouri
Kentucky
SEC NETWORK 11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rutgers
Indiana
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Seton Hall
Depaul
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Aug 27, 2014

Dortmund should beat lowly Augsburg

Karim Bellarabi scored the quickest goal in Bundesliga history and set up another as Leverkusen stunned Dortmund with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund travel to FC Augsburg on Friday night looking to make up for their first weekend Bundesliga loss against Bayer Leverkusen.

It will be an entirely different game in Bavaria, no "pressing faceoff" like Saturday, but still the usual gritty fight awaits in the SGL Arena. The gap in quality between Bayer Leverkusen and FC Augsburg should be a significant one, and thus BVB fans are hoping for only one thing this weekend: gaining three points on Ruhr rival FC Schalke, which will -- spoiler alert -- lose to Bayern Munich.

Looking for new solutions

Bayer Leverkusen was a highly demanding opponent, but they offered a lot of space, which BVB failed to take advantage of. FC Augsburg can't offer the same standard of individual quality. As such, the game won't be as open. Jurgen Klopp will have to find new solutions to break down a deep-sitting Augsburg defense, as his central midfield looked uninspired in buildup play Saturday.

Wherever Matthias Ginter plays, he should be able to have a winning influence vs. Augsburg.

To help out Sebastian Kehl and Milos Jojic, Matthias Ginter might find himself in defensive midfield against the Bavarians. Klopp saw "a good Matze Ginter" in a friendly against fourth-tier side SV Waldhof Mannheim on Tuesday, where the 20-year-old German was tried out as a No. 6.

Ginter, who already showed his versatility at Freiburg, can be of great help to Dortmund's ball distribution and give his side a much-needed spark in midfield. With Neven Subotic returning to the side, Ginter should be free to move up the pitch.

A win is expected

Whether Ginter starts in defensive midfield or not, anything but a win on Friday would come as a surprise. The black and yellows can't afford to drop points again, at least not against an opponent like FC Augsburg.

It might sound harsh on Markus Weinzierl's side, which finished a respectable eighth last season and was involved in the battle for Europa League spots for much of the campaign, but this is simply not the same FC Augsburg as last campaign. Weinzierl has done great work in recent years, managing to build a working unit out of a team with mediocre individual talent. Sadly for FCA, the superb team chemistry has gone with the departures of midfielders Andre Hahn and Kevin Vogt and defender Matthias Ostrzolek.

Weinzierl has to rethink his tactics as his side has lost a lot of pace in attack. Augsburg often relied on solid buildup play, but with newly signed striker Tim Matavz, they have yet to find their rhythm.

The biggest hope for Borussia Dortmund comes from FC Augsburg's back line -- especially centre-backs Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and Ragnar Klavan, who lack a lot of pace and are prone to errors. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will remember the two fondly; he scored a hat trick in his Bundesliga debut in the corresponding fixture last season. BVB's pacey attack will meet a defense that is low on confidence and struggles when it comes to handling quick combinations, as TSG Hoffenheim already exposed in their 2-0 win Saturday.

Personnel worries continue

How the BVB attack will shape up remains to be seen. Striker Adrian Ramos is still doubtful, but former Augsburg player Ji Dong-won gives Klopp a new attacking option with his return. Roman Weidenfeller will also return between the posts on Friday night, but other than that, it is still feels all too similar like last season.

Given that Dortmund are still struggling with injuries, Jurgen Klopp will need to reorganize his side quickly.

Jakub Blaszczykowski and Nuri Sahin are both "far away from returning," Klopp bemoaned during Wednesday's presser. Perhaps Sven Bender will make an appearance, but there is still a question mark regarding him. Bender, Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer will need the two weeks granted by the coming international break to get into shape. Hopes are high that Dortmund's situation will ease until Matchday 3.

The biggest worries still surround creativity in defensive midfield with Sahin, Oliver Kirch and Ilkay Gündogan still out for quite a bit. But at least a bit of positive news has emerged from the BVB rehab centre as Gündogan is already training with the ball and close to team training. The midfielder, who has been out for over a year, is making swift steps toward his comeback, but given his long absence, expectations should be adjusted.

But even with injury problems and players who still need a few weeks to get into form, BVB should be able to field a side that is able to win in Augsburg. Any other result would be a setback.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.