bundesliga.com previews a contest between two sides with vastly different objectives for the remainder of the campaign...
As well as closing the gap on Bayern, Wolfsburg also need the points to keep third-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach at arm's length. The Wolves are ten behind the league leaders, seven clear of Gladbach and 31 better off than Stuttgart, who've been bottom since Matchday 20.
Midfielder serves a mandatory one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign last time out. Other than that, Dieter Hecking has options aplenty, especially at right-back, with Christian Träsch and Sebastian Jung both pushing for a start ahead of Portuguese international Vierinha.
With the Swabians' handful of international representatives returning home unscathed, Huub Stevens may well name the side that dispatched Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 26. is still unavailable following knee surgery, though, and the game also comes too soon for fellow defender Daniel Schwaab.
No player in this season's Bundesliga has had a say in more goals than . The 22-year-old, who helped Belgium move top of UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying Group B this past week, has scored nine and laid on another 16, and could yet surpass Franck Ribery's 22-assist record of 2011/12.
A well-taken brace saw celebrate his first goals for over a year in the stirring 3-1 home win against Frankfurt. The former 1. FC Nürnberg man appears to have put his drawn-out injury problems behind him and undoubtedly has the physical game needed to trouble Wolfsburg centre-backs Naldo and Robin Knoche.
(Wolfsburg striker): "It's about time I hit the back of the net again. I'm in the mood to score again, but it's normal that sometimes you don't score. We won those games regardless. We need to win, it's as simple as that."
Huub Stevens (head coach): "When you go to Wolfsburg, you know it’s not going to be easy. We've worked very well and it’s been a lot of fun. In spite of being in 18th place, we've proven that we have quality. That should give us some belief."
Wolfsburg remain top of the Rückrunde form table after bouncing back from their first defeat of the year at Augsburg with a win and draw against SC Freiburg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 respectively. Stuttgart have suffered five defeats in 2015, but put an end to a nine-match winless run by beating Thomas Schaaf's Eagles two weeks ago.
Wolfsburg coasted to a resounding 4-0 victory earlier in the campaign to extend their winning run over the 2007 Bundesliga champions to five matches. Stuttgart last beat the Wolves in May 2012, while only one of the two sides' last ten encounters has ended in a draw.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Naldo, Klose, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Perisic, De Bruyne, Schürrle - Dost
Stuttgart: Ulreich - Klein, Baumgartl, Niedermeier, Hlousek - Serey Die, Gentner - Harnik, Maxim, Ti. Werner - Ginczek