As Stuttgart seeks to overcome a recent setback and Dortmund aims for redemption after a resounding defeat, the stage is set for an exciting clash in the Bundesliga. Stuttgart, despite back-to-back league losses and a recent injury to Serhou Guirassy, find themselves in the top three, propelled by their best ten-game start to a season in two decades.
Guirassy’s potential return could be a significant boost for Sebastian Hoeneß’s side, especially considering their attacking prowess that led to 27 goals in the first ten matches, the highest tally since the 1996/97 season. However, Stuttgart faced a setback in their last outing, failing to score for the first time this season in a league match against Heidenheim, despite registering an impressive 2.92 xG.
Entertainment has been a hallmark of Stuttgart’s matches, particularly at home. The last eight league head-to-head encounters on their turf have produced a staggering 33 goals. Nevertheless, they have failed to secure victory in the last four meetings (D1, L3), and the upcoming clash against Borussia Dortmund promises more drama.
Dortmund, having suffered a humbling 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last weekend, responded emphatically with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the UEFA Champions League. Edin Terzić described the midweek display as “complete” and will be eager to carry that momentum into domestic action. Dortmund, with two clean sheets in the last three head-to-heads (W2, D1), aims to shore up their defense after conceding seven goals in their last two league matches.
The absence of Guirassy for Stuttgart could put the spotlight on Silas, who may bear the goalscoring burden. Donyell Malen, who scored and assisted in the corresponding fixture last season, finds himself in a goal drought, having gone 12 games without finding the net for club and country.
A noteworthy statistic is Stuttgart’s tendency to score in the second half, with 18 of their 27 Bundesliga goals coming after the interval. Dortmund, aware of their recent defensive struggles, will need to be vigilant throughout the match, especially considering their tendency to trail at halftime in five of their ten Bundesliga fixtures this season.
As these two Bundesliga sides collide, the narrative promises to be one of attacking flair and defensive resilience. Stuttgart seeks to reignite their goal-scoring prowess, while Dortmund aims for defensive stability and a bounce-back performance. With both teams possessing firepower, the encounter between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund is poised to be a thrilling spectacle in German football.