Matchday 6's 1-0 success over Hannover 96 must feel like a distant memory for the VfB faithful, who have spent the vast part of the ensuing five-month period watching their side flounder in the relegation zone.
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These are exactly the sort of games both sides should be winning in light of their respective goals for the remainder of the campaign. Stuttgart have nine games left to haul themselves off the bottom of the standings, while Frankfurt are only four points adrift of the European places.
and Moritz Leitner are available again following suspension, but Mohammed Abdellaoue is a doubt after picking up a calf strain last week. Luckless playmaker Daniel Didavi, meanwhile, has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of ongoing knee problems.
was back among the goals last time out following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but isn't expected to be fit enough to be handed a starting berth just yet. Alexander Madlung will once again partner Carlos Zambrano at the heart of the back four whilst Marco Russ recovers from knee surgery.
Club captain can always be relied upon to give 110 per cent, whatever the weather. The 29-year-old has been a welcome figure of stability this term, regularly putting his body on the line with some meaty challenges and even chipping in with a few goals and assists.
Five goals in his last three appearances have helped take Alexander Meier top of the scorers charts on 19 for the campaign. The 32-year-old has a knack of scoring in twos, having grabbed five braces already this season, but he only managed to find the net once against Stuttgart on Matchday 9.
Huub Stevens (head coach): "On the one hand, scoring goals is the best part of football, but it’s also the most difficult. Every game is important and we want to win every one [at home]. We have to pick up points as quickly as possible."
Thomas Schaaf (head coach): "Stuttgart play good football. We need to be switched on from the off. We have to work on our weaknesses, but we mustn't neglect our strengths. We've trained well this week. We're working hard in training every day to find consistency."
Stuttgart have drawn three and lost five of their eight league games since the winter break, with their last win coming at Hamburger SV on Matchday 16. Frankfurt have amassed 11 points in that time, bouncing back from defeat to 1. FC Köln with a 4-0 drubbing of Paderborn last time out, but have won just twice away from home all season.
Late goals from Timo Werner and Gentner handed Stuttgart a thrilling 5-4 win in Frankfurt earlier in the campaign. Die Schwaben also won on the road last season, before being held to a 1-1 draw on home soil. The Eagles haven't won in Stuttgart for over four years.
Stuttgart: Ulreich - Klein, Schwaab, Niedermeier, Hlousek - Serey Die, Gentner - Harnik, Maxim, Werner - Ginczek
Frankfurt: Trapp - Chandler, Zambrano, Madlung, Oczipka - Stendera, Hasebe, Aigner, Inui - Seferovic, Meier