Stuttgart's illustrious history has them down as the region's dominant force, but that is again being challenged this season by an Augsburg side that could well be competing in Europe for the first time next term.
Augsburg may have won only one of their last nine, but they nevertheless still cling to a berth in the UEFA Europa League next season. Stuttgart have had many European forays in recent seasons, but the only thing on their minds now is to avoid falling through the Bundesliga trapdoor.
is favourite to fill in for the injured in the Augsburg attack and his task will be to get an Augsburg striker's name on the scoresheet for the first time since 21 February. (r.) has recovered from a back injury but Jan Moravek and Shawn parker remain sidelined.
The visitors are still likely to be without attacking midfielder an perennial injury victim Daniel Didavi, who is yet to return to full fitness following various knee injuries. Sercan Sacarer and Konstantin Rausch are also out of this one, while Martin Harnik is suspended.
With the goals drying up of late, keeping it tight at the back has become Augsburg's priority, and this is where goalkeeper comes into his element. The Swiss custodian has kept clean sheets against VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04 recently and remains a key component of the Függerstädter unit.
has been key to Stuttgart's recent revival, his toughness in midfield giving VfB a more competitive edge. He assisted the winning goal against SV Werder Bremen, but it is his defensive work that will likely prove key at the SGL Arena.
Markus Weinzierl (Augsburg coach): "We've been punching above our weight for a long time and it's only natural that the negative side to success comes along sooner or later. We're just lacking that two or three per cent extra, but we have to keep focused. VfB have found a formation that works for them, but we'll be prepared."
Huub Stevens: "We've not achieved anything yet. The league table only has any relevance after 34 games and we've still got a lot of hard work to do. We're focusing fully on our next challenge, which is Augsburg. Everyone needs to play his part.
Augsburg have only managed maximum points once in their last nine matches, even though that win came against VfL Wolfsburg - making Augsburg the only side to beat the Wolves in the Bundesliga in 2015. Stuttgart have won two of their last three to boost their survival hopes, having drawn two and lost four of their previous six.
This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams, with Augsburg slightly ahead in the head-to-head stakes with four wins to VfB's three. Their meeting earlier in the season on Matchday 11 ended in a 1-0 victory for Augsburg thanks to a Paul Verhaegh penalty.
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Hong, Klavan, Baba - Baier - Bobadilla, Kohr, Halil Altintop, Werner - Matavz
Stuttgart: Ulreich - Klein, Rüdiger, Niedermeier, Hlousek - Serey Dié, Gentner - Kostic, Maxim, Werner - Ginczek