Bundesliga: Stuttgart - Hoffenheim (19 dec)



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Stuttgart
  • The hosts have gone nine Bundesliga matches without a win. They currently lie in 15th spot on the same points as Bochum in the relegation zone and new coach Christian Gross would no doubt love to put some distance between his side and the drop.
  • Since Gross’ takeover, Stuttgart have been in much improved form - after beating Unirea 3-1 in order to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, Stuttgart were 1-0 ahead against Mainz until a silly act of petulance saw Jens Lehmann sent off and Mainz score a last-gasp penalty.
  • Pogrebnyak and Marica have improved their scoring form and these two will be the main threat for Hoffenheim’s keeper.
  • Lehmann is suspended while Hitzlsperger, Lanig and Kuzmanovic are all injured. Cacau is a doubt due to a fever.

Hoffenheim
  • Form has been hard to come by for Hoffenheim in recent weeks, with Rangnick's team only able to pick up two points from a possible nine in their last three outings.
  • Coach Rangnick will be missing a number of first team regulars as Hildebrand, Beck, Compper, Salihovic and Demba Ba all sit out of the final game of the year.


Possible line-ups

Stuttgart (4-2-2-2): Ulreich - Celozzi, Tasci, Delpierre, Boka - Trasch, Khedira - Gebhart, Hleb - Pogrebnyak, Marica

Hoffenheim (4-2-3-1): Hass - Ibertsberger, Simunic, Nilsson, Eichner - Weis, Luiz Gustavo - Obasi, Carlos Eduardo, Maicosuel - Ibisevic


Form guide

Stuttgart
13.12GER 1Mainz - Stuttgart1:1 (0:1)
09.12CL GStuttgart - Unirea Urz.3:1 (3:0)
05.12GER 1Stuttgart - Bochum1:1 (0:0)
29.11GER 1Leverkusen - Stuttgart4:0 (2:0)
24.11CL GRangers - Stuttgart0:2 (0:1)

Hoffenheim
12.12GER 1Hoffenheim - Frankfurt1:1 (1:0)
05.12GER 1Hamburger - Hoffenheim0:0 (0:0)
28.11GER 1Hoffenheim - Dortmund1:2 (0:1)
21.11GER 1FC Koln - Hoffenheim0:4 (0:2)
13.11FRIEND CLGre. Furth - Hoffenheim2:2 (0:0)


Head to head stats

2008/2009GER 1Stuttgart - Hoffenheim3:3
2007/2008FRIEND CLStuttgart - Hoffenheim2:0

2008/2009GER 1Hoffenheim - Stuttgart0:0
2005/2006GER CUPHoffenheim - Stuttgart2:2

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