November 3, 2012


Borussia Dortmund

0 - 0

VfB Stuttgart


14:30 +00:00, November 3, 2012

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart: Preview

Team Stat Comparison

Borussia Dortmund VfB Stuttgart
Matches Played 34 34
Table Position 2 12
Points 66 43
Goal Difference 39 -18
Goals for * 2.4 1.0
Goals against * 1.1 1.6
Last 5 L-D-D-W-W D-W-L-L-W
Last 5 home L-D-W-W-W D-L-W-W-L
Last 5 away D-W-W-W-L W-L-D-W-L
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Borussia Dortmund | VfB Stuttgart

Competition Stats

Borussia Dortmund VfB Stuttgart
Goals Robert Lewandowski 24 Vedad Ibisevic 15
Assists Jakub Blaszczykowski 10 Ibrahima Traore 6
Yellows Marco Reus 4 Vedad Ibisevic 10
Reds Marcel Schmelzer 1 Martin Harnik 2
Squads: Borussia Dortmund | VfB Stuttgart

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5/3 H: TSG Hoffenheim 5/3 H: VfL Wolfsburg
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Seven months have passed since Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart last met in the Bundesliga, yet it was a game that neither side, nor any fan of German football, will forget in a hurry.

With Dortmund pushing for the Bundesliga title and Stuttgart vying for a place in Europe, arguably the best game of last season, if not the last decade, resulted in a 4-4 draw at the Westfalenstadion.

In the end, both sides went on to achieve their respective goals for the season, but that night had everything the Bundesliga has to offer, and more.

"We would gladly do without it being so spectacular if we get the points,'' said Stuttgart midfielder Christian Gentner, scorer of the last of the eight goals in March.

"I would even take a 1-0 win thanks to an own goal.''

Gentner's last-gasp strike earned the Swabians a point in a game which swung from one goal to the other in front of a capacity crowd of 81,000.

"You don't forget a goal like that in a hurry,'' he told Bundesliga.com.

"It was definitely an experience. It was a Friday night game, the stadium was full and everybody was watching Dortmund.''

The conditions will be similar tomorrow afternoon with another full house expected in Westphalia, and both sides have found their form lately.

"Stuttgart are in really good form now and it is incredibly hard to get the better of them,'' said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

Indeed, Stuttgart have picked up 10 points in their last four Bundesliga matches, lifting the pressure off coach Bruno Labbadia, who earns all of Klopp's respect.

"It is great that they stuck with him in a difficult time because, in hindsight, that has proven to be spot on,'' added Klopp at a press conference.

"But they have not played against us yet. We are up for it and we are very stable.''

Former Stuttgart striker Julian Schieber is a candidate for the Dortmund attack, but Klopp is not so sure about his chances of starting.

"I used to be a romantic and I would love to field players against their former clubs,'' he said.

"He is very, very close to a place in the team.''