Baden-Württemberg rivals VfB Stuttgart and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim need three points for different reasons in Saturday's south-west derby at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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For 12th-placed Stuttgart, a win would draw a swift line under successive defeats to Hannover 96 and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Watch: Gladbach 4-0 Stuttgart - match highlights

For visitors Hoffenheim, meanwhile, a third victory in four matches could lift them out of the bottom two for the first time since Matchday 8.

Watch: Hoffenheim 2-1 Augsburg - match highlights

History

Matchday 8 rewind: Hoffenheim 2-2 Stuttgart

Goals: 1-0 Volland (33'), 1-1 Kliment (64'), 2-1 Volland (77'), 2-2 Werner (90')

Stuttgart avoided what, at the time, would have been a seventh defeat of the season after Timo Werner headed in a 90th-minute equaliser against Hoffenheim.

Watch: Match highlights

Matchday 25 - match facts

  • Wednesday's 4-0 reverse at Gladbach ensured Stuttgart lost consecutive games for the first time since the appointment of Jürgen Kramny.
  • In their last match at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart lost 2-1 to Hannover, Kramny's first defeat on home turf as Stuttgart coach.
  • Hoffenheim have now gone a club-record eight games without an away victory following Sunday's 3-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Stuttgart and Hoffenheim have shared 22 goals in their last five meetings.
  • Hoffenheim have six former Stuttgart players on their books: Kevin Kuranyi, Ermin Bicakcic, Jens Grahl, Sebastian Rudy, Alexander Stolz and Jeremy Toljan. Hoffenheim assistant coach Armin Reutershahn was also previously at Stuttgart.
  • Kevin Großkreutz has scored three goals in his last five Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim. The former Borussia Dortmund man publicly apologised for his most recent Stuttgart performance, though, after scoring an own goal in the loss to Gladbach.
  • VfB have now scored five own goals - a Bundesliga record for a single season.

Possible line-ups

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

Absentees: Barba (calf), Baumgartl (appendicitis), Ginczek (knee)

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Schär, Süle, Bicakcic - Kaderabek, Ochs - Schwegler, Polanski - Amiri - Kramaric, Volland

Absentees: Elyounoussi, Herdling (both knee), Joelinton (unavailable)

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