BVB travels to Stuttgart this weekend to take on bottom of the table VFB Stuttgart in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. We've already played Stuttgart this calendar year in the Pokal, beating them 3-1 in convincing fashion. Aubameyang and Gundogan are hurt and didn't travel with the team. Bender and Schmelzer are doubtful.
While Stuttgart doesn't have as much quality as we do, they are sitting 2 points above the relegation playoff, and will play like it. While a rough physical game is something BVB definitely wants to avoid, Stuttgart are running out of matches to grab points. On the bright side, they've been in this position for most of the season, and haven't won a game in their last five matches.
When it comes to scoring goals, Stuttgart isn't entirely incompetent, with 46 goals on the season. Daniel Didavi, who has 11 goals on the season, is a pacey midfielder that posed dangers to BVB earlier this season. However, he is on 9 yellow cards so he will be much more careful on the defensive side of the ball. Stuttgart's strike pair, Timo Werner and Filip Kostic, are two young pacey talents, with five and six goals respectively on the season. Other then that, there's not many outfield players that are above replacement level quality on Stuttgart. Przemyslaw Tyton is a quality goalkeeper even though he has let in 60 goals this year. He has the propensity to pull out some wonder games, lets just hope that Saturdays' not one of those days.
As for BVB, expect to see a rotated side. With many players banged up or hurt, the bench will get plenty of time to shine. Pulsic and Passlack will hopefully all feature in the 11 to continue to prove themselves as full time BVB players. Other then that, not much to say about this BVB side as the season comes to a close. Hopefully everyone can stay fit for the Pokal final in May, and BVB can continue its good year in the Bundesliga.