Full-time: Stuttgart 1-1 Leverkusen
Five minutes add on
Will there be late drama here?
The full-back's deflected shot is safely held by Bredlow.
Tapsoba fires over!
A free-kick is swung into the box and, despite being unmarked around the penalty spot, the centre-back cannot keep his effort down.
10 minutes remaining
Not long left now for either side to find a much-needed winner!
Nothing to separate the two sides, even in terms of xGoals.
Diaby misses the target
An opening for Diaby down the other end, but he skews his shot wide. We have come to expect better from his!
What a miss!
From a few yards, Vagnoman heads wide of the post with the goal at his mercy - how crucial could that miss be?
Leverkusen level things up!
Bredlow clatters Tapsoba and, after a trip to the pitchside monitor, Willenborg points to the spot again. No Panenka from Palacios, but he still finds the bottom corner with aplomb. 1-1!
Huge goal for Stuttgart
That Guirassy strike moves his side provisionally out of the bottom three - can they hold on to all three points?
Stuttgart have lift-off!
The hosts have the lead from the spot! Palacios fouls Endo in the area, giving Frank Willenborg an easy decision as he awards a penalty. From 12 yards, Guirassy produces a stunning Panenka to give his side the lead. Nerves of steel!
Off we go again
Leverkusen get us underway once more.
Half-time: Stuttgart 0-0 Leverkusen
Half-time fast approaching
Still time for either side to find an opener before the whistle, though.
Stuttgart starting to threaten
Hoeneß's outfit are beginning to push forward as Endo nods a header wide of the bar.
Gurassy fires over
A glimpse of goal for Stuttgart as the centre-forward drives a shot over the bar. Better from the home outfit.
Stuttgart need inspiration
Bakker slices wide
The ball sits up nicely for Bakker, but he gets his volley all wrong and the ball dribbles harmlessly wide.
Neither side has been able to put the opposition goalkeeper under significant pressure.
Leverkusen edging xG
Endo fluffs his lines
The captain really should do better from Silas' low cross, but totally mistimes his shot and the opening therefore goes begging.
Leverkusen bossing possession
Some clever play releases Diaby down the left flank, but the Iran striker cannot turn the winger's cross home. Leverkusen are starting to look dangerous.
A lovely ball from Demirbay finds the left-back at the back post, but he can't direct his effort goalwards. A warning for Stuttgart though.
The two teams appear to be sizing each other up so far.
Here we go!
Stuttgart get us underway!
Stuttgart fans out in force
Leverkusen tough nut to crack away from home
Die Werkself have not conceded in any of their previous three Bundesliga matches on the road - only once have they gone on a better run, keeping five consecutive away clean sheets in 1989.
Under 15 minutes to go
Not long to go until we are underway here at the Mercedes-Benz Arena!
Karazor and Anton line up for their 100th match in Stuttgart colours. Will it be a day to remember, or one to forget come the final whistle?
Alonso drops Wirtz
Hoeneß switches things up
Stuttgart starting XI
Bredlow - Anton, Zagadou, Ito - Vagnoman, Endo (c), Karazor, Sosa - Tomas, Guirassy, Silas
Seimen, Stenzel, Nartey, Dias, Führich, Haraguchi, Millot, Coulibaly, Perea
Leverkusen starting XI
Hradecky (c) - Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie - Frimpong, Demirbay, Palacios, Bakker - Diaby, Azmoun, Adli
Lomb, Sinkgraven, Fosu-Mensah, Mbamba, Azhil, Amiri, Wirtz, Hudson-Odoi, Hlozek
Watch: Leverkusen 2-0 Stuttgart
This match-up has been favourable to Leverkusen in recent years. They are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions versus Stuttgart, winning on seven occasions during that time, with Stuttgart's last victory coming in 2018 when they triumphed 1-0 at the BayArena. Remarkably, you have to go back to 2010 for Die Schwaben's previous win on home soil, with Brazilian Cacau bagging a brace as his side prevailed 2-1.
Sttugart team news
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Leverkusen team news
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Plenty of work for Die Werkeslf
Leverkusen's surge in the second half of the season has taken them into the UEFA Europa League semi-finals - with a one-goal first-leg deficit to Roma to overturn next Thursday. They are up to sixth in the Bundesliga too and eager to tie down a European qualifying spot for next season.
Beaten in Berlin
Stuttgart locked in survival battle
There will be an eager sense of expectation in Stuttgart for this one. They go into Matchday 32 in 16th, in a relegation play-off spot. Four matches unbeaten had given them great hope until a 2-1 loss to Hertha Berlin plunged them back in danger. A win against Bayer Leverkusen would be celebrated wildly!