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Stuttgart coach Armin Veh (pictured) will be on familiar territory following his three-year stint in the Frankfurt dugout, and he will be more eager than ever to get the better of his former employers given Stuttgart's present plight: VfB have just six points on the board thus far - half their hosts' tally - and need a win to start pulling away from the relegation zone.
Frankfurt first team regulars Kevin Trapp (ankle), Constant Djakpa, (both cruciate ligament damage), Johannes Flum (muscular), (adductor) and Carlos Zambrano (knee) are all ruled out. However, Marc Stendera should be available once more after recovering his fitness following illness.
The visitors likewise have several players on the sidelines, namely Daniel Didavi (thigh), Mohammed Abdellaoue (cartilage) and Daniel Ginczek (fitness). and Moritz Leitner should be contenders for the starting XI after shaking off thigh and ankle injuries respectively, while is also back in contention.
With five goals so far this term, is without doubt the one to watch for Frankfurt this weekend, especially if his attacking partnership with Haris Seferovic continues to blossom. Meier, who has scored with approximately every third shot this season, is superb in the air and deceptively good on the ball despite his height.
The man tasked with keeping Meier at bay will be centre-back . The four-time Germany international was not at his best against Leverkusen last week but is an accomplished player and will need to prove that if Stuttgart, who have the third-worst defensive record this season, are to take anything from the game.
Thomas Schaaf (pictured), Frankfurt coach: "Stuttgart’s last match showed the potential they have so it won’t be easy. We want to have greater stability."
Armin Veh, Stuttgart coach: "I’d be lying if I said it’s just another game for me, after all I had a very emotional time in Frankfurt."
The Eagles have scored ten goals in their past five games and have won two, drawn one and lost one of their four home matches this season. VfB have collected just two points on the road in 2014/15, although their astonishing comeback against Leverkusen last week will give them cause for optimism going into this fixture.
Stuttgart have by far the better record overall, boasting 38 wins from the 86 matches played, while Frankfurt have triumphed on 29 occasions. Indeed, VfB have taken maximum points from six of the teams’ ten most recent Bundesliga matches, with the Eagles winning just twice - although they were victorious when the sides last met in March this year.
Frankfurt: Wiedwald - Ignjovski, Russ, Anderson, Oczipka - Piazon, Medojevic, Hasebe, Inui - Meier, Seferovic
Stuttgart: Kirschbaum - Klein, Schwaab, Rüdiger, Hlousek - Romeu, Gentner - Harnik, Leitner, Werner - Ibisevic