Borussia Dortmund will look to get back to winning ways in the league when they welcome Stuttgart to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund have recorded just one win in their last five league matches (D1, L3).
They have lost just one home game this season (W4, D2).
Dortmund captain Marco Reus has won his joint-second most number of matches against Stuttgart, losing just four of his 21 clashes (W14, D3).
Stuttgart are on a run of fourteen away league games without a victory (D8, L6).
The visitors have conceded a first-half goal in eight of their ten league matches this season.
Head to head
Borussia Dortmund have won 13 of the last 16 meetings between both sides, losing just once (D2).
Latest performances in all competitions
Borussia Dortmund: W-L-D-D-W
Borussia Dortmund will look to win their first league game this month when they welcome Stuttgart to Westfalenstadion this Saturday.
The hosts’ poor start to the Bundesliga season continued for another game last weekend as they were beaten 2-0 by Bundesliga surprise leaders Union Berlin. In a disappointing game at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei, a first-half brace from Janik Haberer gave Union all three points and condemned Edin Terzić’s men to their fourth loss of the Bundesliga season.
The poor run of form has left Die Borussen in eighth place, one point off the top four. The alarm bells will be ringing for Edin Terzic, who may find himself out of a job if the results at Signal-Iduna Park don’t improve drastically in the coming weeks.
They, however, bounced back from that loss to Union Berlin, defeating Hannover 2-0 in the DFB Pokal in midweek. An own goal from Bright-Arrey Mbi and a Jude Bellingham penalty sent Die Borussen into the next round of the German Cup. Edin Terzic will now look to see his side build on their win over the German minnows as they look to get back to winning ways with yet another win over Stuttgart.
While things have not gone their way in many games this season, they have been reasonably strong at the Signal Iduna Park where they have suffered just one league defeat and picked up a hat-trick of 1-0 wins this season, before Anthony earned a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich earlier this month.
They will be confident of extending that decent home form against opponents Stuttgart, whom they have beaten in 13 of their last 16 meetings (D1, L2).
Possible Borussia Dortmund starting line-up
Gregor Kobel; Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro; Jude Bellingham, Salih Ozcan; Karim Adeyemi, Donyell Malen, Julian Brandt; Anthony Modeste.
Injured: Sebastian Haller, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Mahmoud Dahoud, Marius Wolf
Stuttgart will look to pick up their second win of the Bundesliga season when they travel to Dortmund on Saturday.
The hosts are still looking for a permanent manager after sacking American manager Pellegrino Matarazzo last two weeks following a winless start to the Bundesliga season that saw them lose four and draw five of their opening nine games.
But they began life under caretaker manager Michael Wimmer’s tenure off on the right note, winning Bochum 4-1 at home. The win moved Stuttgart out of the relegation spots on goal difference.
They followed up that win with a huge 6-0 win over Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal in midweek. So they will come into this game full of confidence having won two consecutive competitive fixtures for the first time in over a year.
However, ahead of this game, their away record will only further worry VfB fans, given their side are on a run of fourteen away league games without a victory (D8, L6). Coach Michael Wimmer will therefore be looking to sort that out their away form as he attempts to put himself out in the window for a possible coaching job even though he has reportedly ruled himself out of permanently occupying the vacant Stuttgart hot seat.
Possible Stuttgart starting line-up
Fabian Bredlow; Waldemar Anton, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hiroki Ito; Silas Katompa Mvumpa, Naouirou Ahamada, Wataru Endo, Atakan Karazor, Borna Sosa; Serhou Suirassy, Tiago Tomas.
Injured: Florian Muller, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Josha Vagnoman
Dortmund 2-0 Stuttgart