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Bundesliga

Rejuvenated Stuttgart face tough test in Köln

VfB Stuttgart will be hoping to carry on where they left off before the winter break by picking up a win away to 1. FC Köln on Saturday (kick-off 15.30CET/14.30GMT) and continuing their rise up the table.

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The Swabians recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 17, but Jürgen Kramny, appointed as permanent head coach at the end of last year, needs to build on that result if VfB are to avoid a prolonged relegation tussle.

Hosts Köln have no such concerns, however, with a win potentially enough to move Peter Stöger's men into the top six and on course for a place in Europe next season.

History

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Matchday 1 rewind: Stuttgart 1-3 Köln

Goals: 0-1 Modeste (75', pen.), 0-2 Zoller (77'), 1-2 Didavi (79', pen.), 1-3 Osako (90+2')

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Possible line-ups

Köln: Horn - Olkowski, Maroh, Heintz, Hector - Risse, M. Lehmann, Gerhardt, Bittencourt - Osako, Modeste

Absentees:

Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Schwaab, Niedermeier, Insua - Serey Die, Gentner - Rupp, Didavi, Kostic - Werner

Absentees: Harnik (knee ligaments), Ginczek (back), Toni Sunjic (suspended),

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