Struggling VfB Stuttgart will be aiming to put an end to 1. FSV Mainz 05’s five-game unbeaten run when the sides meet in the Matchday 16 opener at the Coface Arena on Friday evening (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT).
- Mainz failed to win any of their first eight games against Stuttgart, but have won five of the last ten meetings, losing just three.
- The 05ers have scored 26 goals against the Swabians – only against Wolfsburg (31) have they netted more.
- Stuttgart were Mainz's first ever Bundesliga opponents on 8 August 2004. The top-flight newcomers lost 4-2 away.
- VfB did not lose to Mainz last term drawing 1-1 away and winning 2-0 at home.
- Stuttgart have scored in each of the teams' last nine meetings.
- Interim coach Jürgen Kramny will be in charge of Stuttgart for this one.
Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Hack, Bell, Bengtsson - Baumgartlinger (c) - De Blasis, Malli, Samperio - Muto, Niederlechner
Absentees: Frei (fitness), Soto (fitness)
Stuttgart: Tyton - Schwaab, Baumgartl, Sunjic, Insua - Rupp - Schwaab, Gentner (c) - Didavi - Maxim, Werner
Absentees: Langerak (knee), Klein (neck), Ginczek (back), Harnik (knee)