bundesliga.com gets you warmed up for Saturday's Mercedes-Benz-Arena encounter with all the facts and figures you need to know...
Both sides are in good form. Stuttgart finally picked up their first home win of the season, while Wolfsburg have moved onto FC Bayern's coattails with . Another victory would see the Wolves edge to within a point of Bayern ahead of the Klassiker, but Stuttgart will be keen to continue their recent resurgence.
Vedad Ibisevic has been ruled out with a stress fracture in his foot, leaving Martin Harnik to lead the line. At the other end of the field, Antonio Rüdiger could return after being given a rest last weekend. "I have a lot of faith in him, although he isn’t yet performing quite consistently enough," Veh said.
For this, Wolfsburg's fifth game in 15 days, coach Dieter Hecking has to assess some tired legs, including those of (pictured). The Swiss international has a thigh strain and is the biggest doubt, while is also going to face a late fitness test.
With three goals in his last two games, (pictured, l.) has burst into form at just the right moment for Stuttgart. Benefitting from the creative support of , and , he has contributed greatly to the hot goalscoring streak the Swabians are currently on.
Kevin De Bruyne has been likened to Zvjezdan Misimovic given his current form. The Belgian has moved into a new attacking-midfield position, as the Wolves have won five on the spin, scoring 16 goals. "We shouldn't dream about playing good football; we have to do it," said the Belgian, who is putting those words into practice.
Armin Veh (Stuttgart coach): Wolfsburg are one of the top 5 teams in the Bundesliga. Last season they were close to the Champions League, this year they're heading there.
Klaus Allofs (Wolfsburg sporting director): Our mid-term aim is the Champions League, but we're not legitimate Bayern hunters.
Stuttgart are fresh from a dramatic 5-4 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and, having stopped the rot at home with victory over Hannover 96 and a draw with Bayer Leverkusen, their early-season woes have been forgotten. Including the DFB Cup and the UEFA Europa League, Wolfsburg are on a five-game winning streak while and unbeaten in seven.
Wolfsburg have won their last four games against Stuttgart, bringing the head-to-head record to a more even 14 wins for them compared to 15 for the Swabians, who last beat the Wolves on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign.
Stuttgart: Kirschbaum - Klein, Schwaab, Rüdiger, Sakai - Oriol Romeu, Gentner - Sararer, Maxim, Kostic - Harnik
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Jung, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Perisic, De Bruyne, Caligiuri - Olic