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Bundesliga

Stuttgart preparing for a Dortmund backlash

VfB Stuttgart's first game since the dismissal of Alexander Zorniger as head coach is a daunting trip to a Borussia Dortmund side looking to bounce back from a rare defeat on Matchday 13.

bundesliga.com previews the action on Sunday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT)...

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History

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    Dortmund were beaten for only the second time this season at Hamburger SV last Friday, falling eight points behind league leaders FC Bayern München – the biggest gap between the two sides this season.VfL Wolfsburg were nine points behind the league leaders (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) after 13 games of the 2008-09 season, but still won the Bundesliga title.Stuttgart have lost nine out of 13 games in the Bundesliga this season – more than any other side in the top flight.A 4-0 defeat to Bayern was followed by a 4-0 defeat to FC Augsburg last weekend, the first time in their history that the Swabians have suffered successive defeats by that scoreline.Dortmund have scored 45 goals at an average of over four in their 11 home games under Thomas Tuchel this season.Tuchel started his coaching career in the Stuttgart youth set-up in 2000.Stuttgart have had more shots on goal this season than Dortmund (217 compared to 211), with only Bayern having more efforts on goal.Dortmund have scored more than twice as many goals as Stuttgart (36 compared to 17).Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in Dortmund's last seven home games stretching back to last season.

Possible line-ups:

Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Weigl, Gündogan, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Castro - Aubameyang

Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Baumgartl, Sunjic, Insua - Die - Schwaab, Gentner - Didavi - Maxim, Werner