Sinsheim – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim only managed to collect one win from their first 11 encounters with neighbourly rivals VfB Stuttgart, but have since won three in a row and are looking to maintain that run of form on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).
- Both sides secured their only win of the season so far on foreign soil.Stuttgart are amongst the teams to have had the most shots on goal in 2015/16, but their conversion rate ranks amongst the lowest.Kevin Volland had a hand in all three goals against FC Augsburg, while Eduardo Vargas has played his part in four of Hoffenheim’s last six successful efforts.Half of Hoffenheim’s eight goals this season have been scored in the opening 13 minutes of matches.VfB Stuttgart lead the league in corners won, but are yet to convert any of the 56 dead ball deliveries. Hoffenheim head coach Markus Gisdol, as well as seven of his current charges, have past experience of being of Stuttgart’s books.
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Kaderabek, Süle, Bicakcic, Toljan - Schwegler, Polanski - Rudy, Schmid - Volland, E. Vargas
Absentees: Elyounoussi (thigh), Herdling, Hamad (both lack of match fitness)
Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Sunjic, Baumgartl, Insua - Serey Die, Gentner - Harnik, Didavi - Ti. Werner, Ginczek
Absentees: Langerak (knee), Kostic (thigh), R. Kruse (calf)