Nagelsmann: Result all important
Bayern win it
A super ending to this one, with chances at both ends. Bayern take the three points that lift them back to the top, but the visitors were made to sweat in the end following Juan Jose Perea's late header. In the final analysis, goals in either half from De Ligt and Choupo-Moting win the day for the Bavarians.
Late Bayern chances
Mane with a couple of opportunities to put this one to bed late on, but the Senegalese first heads over and then, following a break, sees his shot blocked.
So close Stuttgart !
Endo jinks and twists and manages to keep the ball at his feet on the right. The cross comes in and Coulibaly whips a header towards the back stick. Sommer is rooted, looks over his shoulder and sees the ball flash narrowly wide.
The tireless Davies sprints through on the left and wins a corner late on. Kimmich's delivery comes to nothing.
VfB back in it
Well, well, well! Stuttgart are back in this late on. A super Tiago Tomas cross from the left sees substitute Juan Jose Perea rising. He beats De Ligt in the air and angles a header into the corner.
Wasted set piece
Gravenberch gives up a free kick in a very dangerous position. Ito takes and the ball whistles away from danger.
Nartey and Millot make their way on for the final five minutes for the hosts.
Goretzka and Müller are heading off for a well-deserved rest. Pavard and Gravenberch are on for the closing stages.
Back to the summit
More expected from FCB
Bayern's Raumdeuter has laid on three of his team's last four Bundesliga goals. The man is ageless.
Double swap for the Swabians who can count on Tiago Tomas and Juan Jose Perea for the final 15 minutes or so.
Gnabry and Müller fail to take advantage of some ping-pong in the Stuttgart box. Mavropanos brings the ball out from the back but throws his hands in the air in exasperation as he looks for a teammate to feed in to. Frustration for the hosts.
Konstantinos Mavropanos Alphonso Davies
Bundesliga first !
Bayern have now scored 100 goals in 54 away games at Stuttgart. It's the first time a Bundesliga side has hit three figures away to another top-flight opponent.
No way through for VfB
Coulibaly fails to beat Sommer with a snapshot and Bayern are soon on the attack again.
That two-goal cushion allows Bayern to ring the changes. Mane, Sane and Gnabry are on for Choupo-Moting, Musiala and Coman.
Bayern double up
Easy as pie. Musiala receives the ball in midfield, his back to goal. The 20-year-old spins and plays it forward for Müller, who angles a short pass into the path of Choupo-Moting. The forward applies a first time finish and Bayern double their lead.
Suddenly Genki Haraguchi is the last man facing a swift Bayern counter-thrust. This looks bad for Stuttgart. Musiala looks to play a pass but Haraguchi slides in and snuffs out the danger. Outstanding.
Lovely from Führich who muscles and tricks his way past two players before spreading the player for Anton. The full back has space and shapes to shoot, but his effort is blocked wide for a corner, which comes to nothing.
Visitors in control
Coman first time
The ball pings about a bit between Mavropanos, Musiala and Choupo-Moting. It eventually breaks for Coman who strikes first time and low. Bredlow saves handily enough.
Bayern top of the shots
Zagadou stops Bayern
Stuttgart give it up a little cheaply in midfield. Davies is away and the Canada international tries to feed Müller. Zagadou makes a big intervention and the defender immediately turns to the crowd in an attempt to whip up more noise.
Change at the break for the hosts as Gil Dias makes way for Tanguy Coulibaly.
Away we go again
Bayern get the second half underway at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
A top half for the neutral but Bayern fans will be the happier after De Ligt's goal gives them a narrow lead at the break. Stuttgart are very much in this fight. Don't go changing.
Silas goes close
Gil Dias heads to Silas, who thumps a shot into the ground. For a moment, it looks like this might be spinning in. Sommer stays rooted to his spot and looks on as the ball bounces just wide.
Bredlow gives some applause to lift his teammates, but then he grimaces. The goalkeeper knows he should have kept that out.
De Ligt Bayern's hero
De Ligt saves his team at one end, and puts them into the lead at the other. Bayern tap it about in the final third for a bit. De Ligt takes the ball and shapes himself into shooting mode. The drive comes in from outside the area. It's low but Bredlow should have this covered. The Stuttgart goalkeeper can only help the shot into the net and Bayern lead.
Off the line
From the resulting corner, Sommer comes and flaps a bit, allowing Mavropanos to nod a looping header at the target. De Ligt stretches out a leg and hooks the ball out at the last second. That was almost in.
Kimmich is muscled off the ball and Gil Dias quickly sets Silas galloping through. The striker shoots at the near post, Sommer palms wide.
VfB's set-piece woe
Stanisic needlessly trips Karazor on the left and Stuttgart have a chance to send a set piece into the mixer, which they do, but to little effect. That was a bit of a waste from the hosts.
Davies seems to have been sprinting since this game kicked off. Bayern's No. 19 gets himself into the Stuttgart box and looks to cross. The ball hits Mavropanos on the chest and goes out for a corner. Bayern's players surround the ref asking for a penalty. The man in black laughs off the claim.
Distance run (km)
Gil Dias Joshua Kimmich
Save of the season?
Coman's cross from the right is superb and finds Goretzka right in front of goal. The big man batters a header at the target but Bredlow is already off his feet and manages to throw his hands at the bullet, sending the ball over the top. That all happened so quickly. Ok, the header was quite central, but a super save nonetheless. Bredlow celebrates with a fist pump - think tennis player after a winning volley.
Shot count rising
Ito has a go
Ito suddenly finds himself with a bit of time and space to play with. The full back says, "ok, I'm having a pop here," which he does. The ball wafts narrowly wide. At the other end, Goretzka skewers Davies's cut-back straight into Bredlow's arms.
Musiala performs some ballet inside the Stuttgart area that sees him dance past four players. If he can apply the finish, this goal will be seen all over the world tonight. Zagadou stretches desperately and gets a foot on the shot to keep this game level.
Kimmich thunderwhacks a trademark shot from downtown at the target. Bredlow wants to jump out of the way of Kimmich's cannon, before realising that would not make for a good look. The keeper's subsequent block will leave a bruise.
Endo runs through the centre and pokes a pass ahead to the onrushing Silas. Stanisic makes a vital intervention before setting Bayern on their way. Super defending.
Bayern with the ball
Musiala feeds Choupo-Moting in on the left and the striker looks to lift the ball over the advancing Bredlow, who saves with his face. The flag is up. Choupo-Moting was offside.
Führich traps a pass wide left and he has space to run into. The 25-year-old takes on and beats Stanisic and pops the ball into the 6-yard box. Sommer gets down to snuff out the danger.
Coman off target
Lovely work from Davies down the left as the Canadian darts a pass across for Coman who ... hooks a volley into Row Z.
VfB forcing the action
Stuttgart pressing high early on. Chris Führich looks to force a mistake from the visiting defenders, who are ever so slightly rattled by the early pressure.
Stuttgart get the ball rolling on this Matchday 23 encounter. Excitement awaits!
Here come the teams
Spectacular atmosphere inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena as the teams begin to make their way out onto the pitch ...
For their part, Bayern know that with rivals Dortmund in exceptional form since the turn of the year, this evening's visitors cannot afford a misstep here. Win today and and the defending Bundesliga champions are back on top with a goal difference advantage over BVB.
Stuttgart in need
Tale of the tape
A quick reminder that today's visitors have won 67 of the 107 Bundesliga games between these sides, losing just 18 of those.
VfB's lucky charm?
Ok, it's been an awful long time since Stuttgart beat Bayern, but they do have a player in their starting line-up today who has achieved that feat. Dan-Axel Zagadou won a Bundesliga game against the mighty Bavarians back in 2018 when he was at Borussia Dortmund.
Ulreich, Pavard, Gnabry, Sane, Mane, Cancelo, Blind, Gravenberch, Tel
Bayern starting XI
Sommer – Stanisic, Upamecano, de Ligt – Coman, Kimmich, Goretzka, Davies – Müller (c), Musiala – Choupo-Moting
Müller, Vagnoman, Coulibaly, Millot, Tomas, Perea, Pfeiffer, Nartey, Kastanaras
Stuttgart starting XI
Bredlow - Anton, Mavropanos, Zagadou, Ito - Endo (c), Karazor, Haraguchi - Gil Dias, Silas, Führich
VfB seeking "perfect day"
VfB coach Bruno Labbadia insists his side will be meeting Bayern face-to-face when the sides to battle at the Mercedes-Benz Arena later. “As opponents you obviously need a perfect day," the 57-year-old explained. "We’re going into the game with a bold approach. Against Bayern, we not only need a solid defence but also need to stand up and be counted on a regular basis when we’re in possession and express ourselves.”
Watch: Previous meeting: Bayern 2-2 Stuttgart
Davies set for ton
Alphonso Davies is in line to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance in this game. He’d become the youngest non-German and sixth-youngest player overall to bring up a century of Bundesliga games for Bayern.
A cut above
Bayern have scored 19 goals more than any other team in the Bundesliga this season, while they’ve also conceded six fewer than the next best. Their goal difference in the first half of matches alone is +33, having scored 42 and shipped just nine.
Back in time
Stuttgart’s last home win over Bayern came in November 2007 when a certain Mario Gomez scored twice past Oliver Kahn in a 3-1 victory. Going back even further, current VfB coach Bruno Labbadia scored 28 goals in 82 Bundesliga appearances for FCB as a player between 1991 and 1994. As a coach, however, he’s lost 15 of his 16 Bundesliga games against the Munich club. That includes the last 13 in a row, which is the longest losing run of any coach against a particular opponent in Bundesliga history.
Home comforts (sort of)
All four of Stuttgart’s wins this season have come at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. However, they have lost their last 12 competitive meetings at home to Bayern. The record champions have scored 98 goals away at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. No team has yet to reach a century away at an opponent in the top flight.