Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin will battle for three points in the Bundesliga this Tuesday.
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart)
Stuttgart are without a Bundesliga clean sheet on home soil since April 2021, a run of 28 matches (W9, D6, L13).
They have won their last three home games, scoring 12 goals in the process.
The hosts have scored 16 goals this season. Only Bochum (11) and Schalke (12) have scored fewer goals.
Hertha Berlin are winless in their last three away games (D1, L2).
The visitors have managed just two away games this calendar year (D3, L9).
They have won only five away games against Stuttgart in 35 attempts (D11, L19).
Head to head
Both sides have four wins apiece in their last ten games.
Latest performances in all competitions
Hertha Berlin: L-L-W-L-D
Stuttgart will look to continue their decent run of form under Michael Wimmer when they welcome Hertha Berlin to Mercedes-Benz Arena on Tuesday.
The hosts have enjoyed an upturn of form since dismissing Pellegrino Matarazzo in early October and appointing Wimmer on an interim basis. Under the coach, they have won three times in five games (L2) in all competitions.
However, those successes were all on home soil, with Die Schwaben losing 3-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out. But they have won their last three home games, scoring 12 goals in the process. This suggests that their attack certainly has more bite nowadays.
They still work to do in the Bundesliga though, as Bayer Leverkusen’s thumping victory over Union Berlin dropped them into the bottom three. Given that they come into this game undefeated in each of the last six H2Hs on home soil (W3, D3), this could be an ideal opportunity for them to continue their resurgence.
But if that record is to continue moving in the right direction, defending well is imperative, as Stuttgart are yet to win a game this season when they have conceded more than once (D2, L3).
Possible Stuttgart starting line-up
Florian Mueller; Waldemar Anton, K. Mavropanos, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Borna Sosa; Tiago Tomas, Wataru Endo, Naouirou Ahamada, Chris Fuehrich; Luca Pfeiffer, Sehrou Guirassy.
Injured: Enzo Millot, Hiroki Ito, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Tanguy Coulibaly
Despite their best efforts, Hertha Berlin could not pull off a shock draw against Bayern Munich last time out.
The visitors played out a 3-2 loss to Bayern last time out, with all five goals conceded in the first half. Manager Sandro Schwarz described the result as “annoying”, and will hope that his side display in the second half can be replicated here.
However, Hertha travel south on the back of a miserable run of just one win from their last eight Bundesliga games (D4, L3). That return leaves them above Stuttgart and the bottom three on goal difference alone, highlighting the importance of this early season ‘six-point’ battle.
If Die Alte Dame are to move away from the danger zone here, Schwarz needs to mastermind a rare Bundesliga away victory, something his side have managed just two times this calendar year (D3, L9). That is also a feat they have not achieved at Stuttgart since February 2014, part of a miserable overall Bundesliga record when visiting this corner of Germany (W5, D11, L19).
Possible Hertha Berlin starting line-up
Oliver Christensen; Jonjoe Kenny, Agustin Rogel, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Marvin Plattenhardt; Marco Richter, Lucas Tousart, Suat Serdar, Jean-Paul Boetius; Davie Selke, Dodi Lukebakio.
Injured: Kelian Nsona, Jessic Ngankam, Linus Gechter, Stevan Jovetic, Marton Dadai
Suspended: R. A. Jarstein
Stuttgart 2-1 Hertha Berlin