Borussia Monchengladbach's recent resurgence will be put to the test at the Borussia Park Stadion tomorrow when Stuttgart come to town, wanting to build on an excellent away record which has seen them lose only once on their travels all season.
Gladbach have picked up seven points from their past three games and coach Lucien Favre is asking for more of the same tomorrow.
``We are looking forwards positively,'' he said. ``But we know that it won't be a stroll. We have got to carry on working hard for every point.
``Of course we want to play another good game, but we are up against very strong opponents.
``With the exception of the Bayern Munich game, Stuttgart have yet to lose away from home.''
The Swabians did lose inside their own four walls last weekend, however, ending a five-game unbeaten run which had yielded 11 points by going down 4-2 to Hannover.
They face another Europa League rival tomorrow keen to bounce straight back from that defeat and avoid being dragged back down towards the danger zone.
``We have got to take the positives out of it,'' said coach Bruno Labbadia at a press conference. ``We played well for 55 minutes. We just have to learn out of the mistakes, which came out of nowhere.''
More concentration will therefore be required if the 2007 Bundesliga champions are to move back up the table this weekend, but Labbadia may have to invent a completely new central-defensive partnership against the Foals.
Serdar Tasci and Georg Niedermeier are both serious doubts, leaving Maza and one from reserve-team defenders Antonio Rudiger or Benedikt Rocker to fill the other void.
Gladbach forward Juan Arango is available, although after representing Venezuela in a match in Miami on Wednesday night, his appearance tomorrow is dependent on the amount of jet lag he brought back with him.