There is more to Friday night's Bundesliga fixture between Augsburg and Nurnberg than just a Bavarian derby.
- Related Content
Seven points separate the two clubs in 13th and 16th position in the table, making it a make-or-break fixture, or at least in Augsburg's case.
"It's an important game, but I don't see it as a final," said Nurnberg coach Michael Wiesinger. "There are plenty of other games after it.
"Our aim is to be 10 points ahead of Augsburg tomorrow night."
That will be easier said than done considering Augsburg have picked up 12 points in 2013, already outstripping the nine they earned in the first 17 games of the season.
"I've noticed that, but I'm not concerning myself with it," added Wiesinger at a press conference. "We just want to look at ourselves and know that we are hard to beat.
"I have a great deal of faith in my side."
Nurnberg have lost only once since the turn of the year but six draws out of their last nine games leave them with work to do before they can celebrate another year in the top flight.
At least Wiesinger should be able to count on Per Nilsson, who appears to have recovered from an ankle injury, but Sebastian Polter is suspended.
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl can count on a combative side who lie fourth on form in 2013.
"When you get beaten up as much as we did in the first half of the season, then it certainly feels good," he said. "But we've not achieved anything yet."