Leverkusen - With Bayer 04 Leverkusen struggling for goals so far this season, the visit of VfB Stuttgart and the Bundesliga's most porous defence could be just the tonic to rediscover their form on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).



Top facts

  • Leverkusen, by their standards, have started the season poorly and chalked up just 14 points. The last time they had fewer points on the board after nine rounds of games was in the 2006/07 campaign (11).
  • Roger Schmidt's side have only scored eight league goals. Only twice in Bundesliga history have Bayer 04 netted fewer at this stage of a season: in 1991/92 (seven goals) and 1982/83 (five).
  • Stuttgart kept a clean sheet for the first time ever under new coach Alexander Zorniger when they beat FC Ingolstadt 04 1-0 on Matchday 9.
  • VfB have conceded more goals (19) than any other side.
  • In the seven Bundesliga home games Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling has started against Stuttgart, he has always found the net, scoring ten in total.
  • VfB have picked up four points from their last two away fixtures.
  • Leverkusen have gone 1-0 down in three of their four home matches in the league so far in 2015/16. They conceded within the opening 12 minutes each time.

Possible line-ups:

Leverkusen: Leno - Hilbert, Tah, K. Papadopoulos, Wendell - L. Bender, Kramer - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu - Kießling, Hernandez

Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Sunjic, Baumgartl, Insua - Schwaab, Gentner - Maxim, Didavi - Ti. Werner, Harnik