Two of the Bundesliga's longest-serving clubs go head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer when SV Werder Bremen entertain VfB Stuttgart at the Weser Stadium in a historic Monday evening encounter (kick-off 20:15CEST/18:15GMT).
Although they boast nine Bundesliga titles between them, recent fortunes have not favoured either Bremen or Stuttgart. Last Friday's 2-1 loss at Hamburger SV was Die Grün-Weißen's fourth defeat in the six matches since early March, with Viktor Skripnik's side two points below Stuttgart in the promotion/relegation play-off place coming into Matchday 32. The presence of Claudio Pizarro offers some hope, however. The Peru striker has scored 11 goals in the Rückrunde, and 13 in total this season.
Defeat for Stuttgart would see them replace Skripnik's men in the relegation places, and no team has dropped more points than Die Schwaben in the last five matches, with last Saturday's 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund meaning Stuttgart have only picked up two of the last 18 possible points.
Matchday 15 rewind: Stuttgart 1-1 Bremen
Matchday 32 - match stats
- As 1 May is a public holiday in Germany there are no football matches on Sunday. Therefore this will be the first Monday night game in the top flight in 16 years.Bremen and Stuttgart have both conceded 63 goals this season - a shared negative record.This is the 100th Bundesliga meeting between Stuttgart and Bremen. They are the fifth pairing to reach this landmark.Both teams have been relegated only once from the Bundesliga: Bremen in 1980 and Stuttgart in 1975.VfB have gone six games without victory - no team has currently waited longer for a win.A total of 31 points from 31 games is Bremen's worst-ever record in the Bundesliga. They have already suffered seven home defeats. An eighth would be a negative club record.Pizarro could make his 250th competitive appearance for Bremen. The Peruvian has scored a club-record 102 Bundesliga goals for Die Grün-Weißen.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Vestergaard, Djilobodji, Garcia - Grillitsch, Fritz, Yatabare - Junuzovic, Bartels - Pizarro
Absentees: Wolf (hip), Bargfrede (knee), Johannsson (light training)
Coach: Viktor Skripnik
Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Schwaab, Niedermeier, Insua - Gentner - Harnik, Rupp, Didavi, Kostic - Werner
Absentees: Die (adductor), Großkreutz (thigh), Ginczek (knee)
Coach: Jürgen Kramny