Berlin - VfB Stuttgart have twice before started a season with three consecutive defeats only to then plunder goals on their fourth outing - Saturday's opponents Hertha Berlin cannot say they have not been warned (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

History

Top facts

  • Stuttgart's three defeats with a minus six goal difference represents their worst-ever start to a season.
  • Hertha have won just one of their last ten Bundesliga games, and have picked up a league-low seven points in that time.
  • Hertha's 3-1 defeat in Dortmund last time out was their maiden defeat of the season and the first time they had conceded more than twice in a game under Pal Dardai.
  • Vedad Ibisevic, who was signed by Hertha from Stuttgart this summer, scored his first Bundesliga goal against VfB (for Alemannia Aachen in a 4-2 defeat on 4 November, 2006) and has not won any of his eight Bundesliga games against his former club in the colours of either Aachen or TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (three draws, five defeats).
  • Despite their team's defeats, Stuttgart's Daniel Didavi has had the most shots on goal of any Bundesliga player (19) while team-mate Filip Kostic has set up the most attempts on goal (15).
  • Hertha last played host to Stuttgart on 3 October 2014 when Salomon Kalou scored twice in a 3-2 home win. It is the Ivory Coast international's only brace in 30 Bundesliga games.

Team news

Hertha

Possible line-up: Kraft - Weiser, Langkamp, Lustenberge, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred - Beeres, Darida, Haraguchi - Stocker - Kalou

Absentees: Brooks (thigh), Pekarik (shoulder), Ben-Hatira (toe), Kohls (knee), Ronny (adductor), Allagui (knee), Schieber (ankle)

Stuttgart

Possible line-up: Valchodimos - Klein, Baumgartl, Sunjic, Insua - Serey Die - Harnik, Gentner, Didavi, Kostic - Ginczek

Absentees: Langerak (knee), Tyton (suspended)