The disastrous defeat of the derby against Dortmund should definitely affect the Schalke and motivate the squad to win the upcoming game. The 8th place is just two points away from the Europe zone, but the victory has been missing for a while, and the team's form isn't the most reliable. One of the important players for Schalke Stambouli has an injury and isn't sure for the starting 11, but he can be replaced by Kabak who is recovered from back injury.
Clearly, this game is with high priority for the boys of David Wagner, and they will look for 3 points from the match at any price. In past ten games played against Augsburg at home Schalke never lost that's why they are favourite according to latest bookmakers odds.
This game is crucial for Augsburg, which as same as Schalke are doing very poorly, given that the home loss against Wolfsburg last Saturday was the fourth in a row. Above all, the defence is concerned, one of the weakest in Germany according to the Bundesliga statistics. In doubt Finnbogason and Schieber, in defence Gouweleeuw could replace Suchy. On the bench will be the head coach Herrlich, who will make his debut after self-suspension for having violated the quarantine and bought toothpaste.