With both sides unbeaten in 2016 and sitting level on points, there is plenty at stake when Eintracht Frankfurt play host to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday of Matchday 20 (kick-off: 15.30CET/14.30GMT).

With two wins from two in 2016 - and unbeaten in the last five in the league - Stuttgart come into this one riding the crest of a wave under new coach Jürgen Kramny. Die Schwaben left it late to overcome Hamburger SV last time out, winter arrival Artem Kravets heading a late winner.

Watch: Stuttgart 2-1 Hamburg highlights

That win lifted Stuttgart to 21 points and level with Frankfurt. For their part, the Eagles had the better of a stalemate at FC Augsburg on Matchday 19, with new boy Marco Fabian catching the eye a week after he had teed up Alexander Meier for a dramatic late winner against VfL Wolfsburg.


Matchday 3 rewind: Stuttgart 1-4 Frankfurt

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VfB Stuttgart remain without a point to their name in 2015/16 after being reduced to ten men on a frustrating afternoon that ended in a 4-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Matchday 20 - match facts

  • Two of four teams locked on 21 points, only goal difference separates Frankfurt in 13th from Stuttgart in 15th.
  • If VfB win this one, they will climb above Frankfurt for the first time this season.
  • Die Schwaben are not only unbeaten in the last five but have also won three on the bounce.
  • It has been over 12 years since Frankfurt went the first three games of a Rückrunde unbeaten - although that season the Eagles were relegated.
  • Armin Veh has opted for the same defence in both games so far in 2016, but there will be changes this weekend, with David Abraham and Makoto Hasebe both suspended.
  • One man likely to start once again is Fabian, who caught the eye in his side's 0-0 draw at Augsburg last weekend.
  • Read: Fabian's thoughts after his first Bundesliga start.
  • Frankfurt striker Meier has scored nine of his ten league goals this term on home turf.

Possible line-ups

Frankfurt:Hradecky - Ignjovski, Zambrano, Russ, Oczipka - Stendera, Huszti - Aigner, Fabian, Gacinovic - Meier

Absentees: Anderson (light training), Flum (knee), Reinartz (groin), Castaignos (ankle), Abraham, Hasebe (both suspended)

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

Absentees: Ginczek (back)

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