Stuttgart are piling forward but it is going to need something miraculous for them to claw themselves back from here.
Extra Bremen yards
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Endo shot trickles wide
Wataru Endo's effort doesn't trouble Pavlenka between the sticks.
Mountain to climb
With less than ten minutes left, Stuttgart now have a lot of work to do to get anything from this match.
There's no stopping that!!! Füllkrug provides the assist, but this effort was all about Ducksch, who hits a curler into the top corner and over the head of Müller, who had no chance, from 25 yards. Bremen in dreamland!
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The return of Borna Sosa will be a boost for Stuttgart. We all know how good that left foot of his is.
The hosts are camped in the opposing half as they look to pull back onto level terms.
Up against it
Stage breaks the deadlock!
We have lift-off! A long Bremen ball forward finds its way to Stage via a Konstantinos Mavropanos intervention, and the 26-year-old arrows a first-time shot into the top corner!
Stuttgart lead the xGoals
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Off we go again!
Stuttgart get us going after the interval.
Plenty of action but no goals at the break!
Führich has been a real threat for Stuttgart and again tries his look. Pavlenka, though, shows his shot-stopping skills with the save.
Last minute of normal time
Not long left in this half!
Marvin Ducksch's effort is a lick of paint past the frame of the goal. So close to the opener!
Niklas Schmidt breaks alone into Stuttgart's half, and can only be illegally stopped just outside the penalty area. Big opportunity for the visitors with the free-kick.
Speculative from Anton!
Waldemar Anton's curled effort looks closer and close to the goal the longer it flies in the air, but it ultimately flies beyond the post.
Only a push in the back from the Germany international stops him from opening the scoring. Still all square.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Bremen fans making themselves heard
Blow for Stuttgart
Guirassy has been forced off due to injury, which is bad news for Labbadia and Co. Can Luca Pfeiffer make himself a hero from the bench?
Bremen's turn to now test the opposition goalkeeper! A move works its way to Leonardo Bittencourt on the right flank but, while his effort is controlled and accurate, Florian Müller gets down well to keep it out.
The hosts look really hungry here! Führich takes aim once more, and Pavlenka needs to dive acrobatically to keep it out.
Pavlenka is caught out in his own six-yard box, which allows Guirassy to steal in and try his luck. However, the goalkeeper recovers well and makes a save on the stretch to keep out the Stuttgart striker.
Over from Führich!
Another chance for Stuttgart as they break down the left. Führich jinks into the box and shoots but can only curl his effort over the bar.
Historical results and form have contributed to Bremen coming into this game as the underdogs...
Mountain to climb
Guirassy takes aim from just outside the Bremen area as he is presented with the first opening of the game. His low shot lacks both power and precision though, and Pavlenka gathers easily.
And we're off!
Bremen get the ball rolling at the Mercedez-Benz Arena!
Marvin Ducksch makes his 50th Bundesliga appearance for Bremen here, while Stuttgart's Florian Müller plays in his 50th competitive game for the club.
These teams have a remarkably even record over the years, with Stuttgart winning 38 of the 107 meetings so far, while there have been 35 Bremen victories and 34 draws. That said, VfB have taken maximum points in almost half of their home games against Bremen thanks to 25 wins from 53 outings (47 percent win rate).
Stuttgart starting XI
Müller - Anton, Mavropanos, Ito, Nartey - Haraguchi, Karazor, Endo (c) - Perea, Guirassy, Führich
Bredlow, Sosa, Zagadou, Stenzel, Vagnoman, Egloff, Gil Dias, Pfeiffer, Kastanaras
Bremen starting XI
Pavlenka - Pieper, Stark, Friedl (c) - Stage, Bittencourt, Groß, Schmidt, Jung - Füllkrug, Ducksch
Zetterer, Buchanan, Veljkovic, Chiarodia, Gruev, Salifou, Berger, Dinkci
Werder ended an unwanted run of four defeats by downing high-flying Wolfsburg last weekend, the division's leading marksman Niclas Füllkrug netting a double for the mid-table River Islanders. The German international striker will be keen to add to his top-flight tally of 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena this afternoon.
VFB NEED POINTS
With fellow relegation strugglers Bochum winning yesterday, Stuttgart dropped into the Bundesliga's bottom three so a home win would be very much welcome by fans of Die Schwaben today. Their side enjoyed a confidence-boosting DFB Cup triumph against Paderborn in the week to make it through to the tournament's last eight.
IT'S GAME DAY !
There's no time to recover from Saturday's flood of footballing action in the Bundesliga as we're straight back at it today with more top prospects. First up, Stuttgart host Werder Bremen in what promises to be a barnstormer.
Previous meeting: Werder Bremen 2-2 VfB Stuttgart