Schalke, second-bottom on the Bundesliga table and unbeaten in their last 5 matches, will travel to WWK Arena to face Augsburg on Saturday at 14:30 GMT.
Augsburg have been inconsistent in recent matches. They have won twice and lost three times in their last 5 Bundesliga outings. They will be looking to bounce back from the 5-3 defeat away to Bayern last weekend.
With three draws and two wins from their last five outings, Schalke are still marooned in the bottom 2 with 20 points. However, Schalke are level on points with 16th-placed VfB Stuttgart, which gives them a fighting chance for survival.
Around six players are unavailable for Augsburg; these include Strobl (cruciate), Hahn (cartilage), Rexhbcaj (torn muscle), Uduokhai (hamstring), Jensen (hamstring), and Oxford (illness).
Several injuries affect Schalke; some of these include Polter (cruciate), Heekeren (cruciate ligament), Skarke (foot), Uronen (adductor), Drexler (muscle), van de Berg (foot), and Kozuki (ankle).
Augsburg will look to bounce back from the 5-3 defeat to Bayern. They will look to attack, play on the front foot, and dominate the ball.
Schalke will be pragmatic in their approach; they will be compact and solid defensively and use transitions to attack.
Augsburg will win the match and take the 3 points.
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