WATCH: GNABRY: "I SEEM TO SCORE A LOT OF GOALS HERE"
WATCH: NAGELSMANN: "THE PLAYERS ARE STILL HUNGRY"
WATCH: MAVROPANOS: "WE DID WELL UNTIL THE 60TH MINUTE"
It's a well-earned win for Bayern, even if the scoreline doesn't tell the full story. Stuttgart were solid in the first half and went at Bayern early in the second. However, Gnabry's second goal, which came against the run of play, deflated the hosts somewhat, and then three goals in five minutes put the result beyond all doubt.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Bayern are seemingly in energy conservation mode, happy to stroke the ball around among themselves to run the clock down.
TWO MORE SUBS
Richards and Cuisance get some game time, with Davies and Müller leaving the pitch, presumably both also being rested for Wolfsburg.
With a game against Wolfsburg coming up on Friday, Nagelsmann takes off Roca and Gnabry to rest them. Nianzou and Tillmann come on.
Three goals in the space of five minutes have given Bayern plenty of breathing room. Müller crosses into the box from the right and goalkeeper Florian Müller is unable to hold it. The ball falls at the feet of Gnabry, who strokes home from close range.
A Stuttgart move breaks down on the edge of the Bayern box and the visitors counter straight away. Gnabry is sent into acres of space on the right and he dribbles into the box before teeing it up for Lewandowski to flick in at the near post.
LEWY DINKS IT IN!
It's long overdue after two games without a goal, and Lewandowski takes his tally to 17 for the season. Führich gives the ball away in midfield and Sane pounces, quickly floating a pass into Lewandowski's path. He holds off Mavropanos and then dinks it past the onrushing Müller to put Bayern 3-0 up.
OVER FROM SANE
Sane drops a shoulder on the edge of the Stuttgart box and immediately shoots with his left foot, but it's well over the bar.
With VfB struggling to get behind the Bayern rearguard, head coach Matarazzo makes a double change, bringing on Silas and Führich in attack, with Coulibaly and Förster making way.
THIRD BRACE OF THE SEASON
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The Bayern No9 wants his goal and tries his luck from 20 yards, but his daisy cutter is straight at Müller.
...STRAIGHT INTO THE WALL
Förster takes it, but the Bayern wall does its job and blocks the shot.
FREE-KICK FOR STUTTGART
The hosts have a free-kick a couple of yards outside the Bayern box, right of centre, following a Davies handball...
BAYERN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD
You have to feel for Stuttgart, who have been on the front foot in this half, but it's clinical from Gnabry again. Stuttgart lose the ball in the centre circle and via Musiala and Müller, the ball ends up with Gnabry, entering the right-hand side of the box. He curls a left-footed effort into the bottom corner, leaving the goalkeeper no chance.
Another opening for Stuttgart, this time for Förster after Sane lost the ball in midfield. Endo lays it off for him, but he doesn't make a clean connection on his right foot and it's a comfortable save for Neuer.
The hosts have reemerged for the second half with fire in their bellies and are pressing high up the pitch. Marmoush has a go from range, curling a teasing shot just wide of the far post.
HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Stuttgart get the ball rolling in the second half.
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CHANCE FOR FÖRSTER!
The Stuttgart attacker surges forward and cuts onto his favoured left foot. It appears to open up for him as Süle slips, but instead of shooting from 16 yards he takes another touch and the chance disappears as Bayern defenders smother him.
Gnabry, who was born and raised in Stuttgart, now has seven Bundesliga goals this season. No other midfielder in the league has as many. He's also taken six of Bayern's 12 shots at goal so far today.
LOVELY FINISH FROM GNABRY!
Sane receives the ball in his own half and darts forward into space. He drives towards the edge of the Stuttgart box before laying it to his left for Gnabry, who curls a brilliant first-time effort into the top right-hand corner!
MÜLLER KEEPING BUSY
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COULIBALY SLICES WIDE
Ito whips in a deep cross from the left. Davies doesn't clear it properly at the back post and the ball falls to Coulibaly, who shoots immediately. He doesn't make a clean connection though, and it spins out for a throw-in.
DAVIES BEHIND THE DEFENCE
Gnabry feeds Davies on the left and the Canada international gets to the byline before crossing into the middle. He overcooks it somewhat though, and the ball is too high and too strong for Lewandowski.
FIRST SHOT FROM SANE
Sane outfoxes Karazor to get a shot away from the edge of the box, but it's straight at Müller.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
OVER FROM LEWANDOWSKI
Gnabry does superbly to cushion a header into Lewandowski's path. For a moment it looks like the Bayern striker will lash the ball in form 12 yards, but Kempf sticks out a leg and just gets there first to clear.
The Bayern winger looks set to be subbed off as he's holding his right hamstring. Sane will replace him on the field.
CHANCE FOR MARMOUSH!
Stuttgart have their first shot of the game as Coulibaly threads a pass from the right into the path of Marmoush. The young forward receives the ball just inside the Bayern box, but drags his shot wide of the far post.
HOLDING THEIR OWN
GNABRY GOES ONE-ON-ONE!
Pavard pings a long ball forward from the back into the path of Gnabry, who runs clear through on Müller. He tries to lob the bouncing ball over the keeper, but Müller gets a hand to it. The rebound falls to Gnabry again, but he's forced wide and can't get his follow-up shot on target.
The home side play the ball out from the back, bypassing Bayern's press with some quick passing and movement. They get forward well, with Förster finding space between the lines, but ultimately Bayern are able to clear.
GETTING THEIR EYE IN
OVER FROM GNABRY
The Germany international drives inside from the right wing, leaving a trail of white shirts in his wake. He gets to the edge of the box in a central area and shoots with his left foot, but the ball goes well over the bar.
LEWANDOWSKI'S FIRST SHOT
Müller ghosts into space on the left and bides his time before squaring the ball to Lewandowski on the edge of the box. The Pole side-foots a first-time effort at goal, but it lacks the power to beat Florian Müller and is a comfortable save for the VfB keeper.
GETTING STUCK IN
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GNABRY DRILLS WIDE
The Bayern winger takes on Mavropanos on the right and shoots low towards the far post, but drags his effort wide of the target.
COULIBALY MAKING MISCHIEF
Coulibaly takes on Davies on the Stuttgart right, trying to trick and jink his way past the Canada international. He's forced to play it back to a teammate, but receives a return pass inside the Bayern box. He cross into the middle, but there's nobody there to get on the end of it.
MUSIALA WEARING A CAST
After breaking his hand against Mainz at the weekend, Musiala is playing through the pain barrier here in light of the shortage of central midfielders. He's wearing a cast on his left arm, but otherwise appears to be moving freely enough.
FIRST SHOT FROM BAYERN
A sweeping move from Bayern involving Müller, Lewandowski and Gnabry ends with the latter receiving the ball on the right-hand corner of the box. He gets a shot away but it's deflected over for a corner.
AND WE'RE OFF!
Matchday 16 is under way!
NEUER WINS THE TOSS
Bayern will kick the game off at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
IN THE TUNNEL
The players are heading out onto the pitch. We're almost ready to go!
WILL LEWANDOWSKI END HIS "DROUGHT"?
The Bayern forward hasn't found the net in the Bundesliga in his last two games, his longest barren spell of the season. He'll be relishing the prospect of getting back on the scoresheet tonight though: the 33-year-old scored a hat-trick the last time he faced VfB, and has six against them in his four most recent meetings.
HISTORY ON BAYERN'S SIDE
The Reds have won 66 of their 104 Bundesliga meetings with Stuttgart to date, including nine of the last 10. VfB have taken maximum points 18 times, while there have been 20 draws. Still, nobody was expecting Bayern to lose to Frankfurt on Matchday 7 or Augsburg on Matchday 12, so anything is possible!
WATCH: STUTTGART IN THE HOUSE
CHANCE FOR ROCA
Witch Kimmich, Goretzka, Sabitzer and Tolisso all unavailable in centre-mid, the door has opened for Roca to earn his first Bundesliga start since February, and first under Nagelsmann.
STUTTGART TEAM NEWS
Matarazzo has made just one enforced change to his side in the wake of their 2-0 win in Wolfsburg on Saturday, with Marc-Oliver Kempf returning in place of the injured Roberto Massimo.
FIRST FOR COM-ABRY
Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are in the Bayern starting XI together for the first time in the Bundesliga this season. Leroy Sane, who's on the bench today, has otherwise been a regular, alternating with one of the other two. Gnabry coming in for Sane is one of three changes to the Bayern team following their win over Mainz at the weekend. Elsewhere, Niklas Süle comes in for Dayot Upamecano at centre-back, while Marc Roca replaces Corentin Tolisso in central midfield.
DOUBLE COACHING MILESTONE
VfB boss Pellegrino Matarazzo celebrates his 50th Bundesliga game on the touchline, while his Bayern counterpart Julian Nagelsmann his 200th.
STUTTGART STARTING XI
Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Ito – Karazor, Kempf – Förster, Endo (c), Mangala, Coulibaly – Marmoush
Schock, Didavi, Silas, Stenzel, Faghir, Führich, Klimowicz, Ahamada, Tibidi
BAYERN STARTING XI
Neuer (c) – Pavard, Hernandez, Süle, Davies – Musiala, Roca – Gnabry, Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
Ulreich, Früchtl, Upamecano, Richards, Sane, Cuisance, Sarr, Nianzou, Tillman
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