Following the Champions League victory against Porto, Leipzig are back in Bundesliga action! Die Roten Bullen weelcome Stuttgart to the RB Arena on Saturday 21st October (KO 15:30 CEST).
Read on for all you need to know about this weekend's opponents.
The 2017/2018 season so far:
The newly promoted side have made a good start to the season, as they have earned ten points from eight games. Stuttgart currently lie in eleventh place after three wins, one draw and four losses.
They're particularly strong at home and are still yet to be beaten in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, which is good enough for the third best record in the league. Things haven't been so smooth away from home. They've lost all three games to date.
Last three results:
- Matchday 6: VfB Stuttgart 0-0 FC Augsburg
- Matchday 7: Eintract Frankfurt 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
- Matchday 8: VfB Stuttgart 2-1 1. FC Köln
This will be the second meeting between the two sides. The previous one in the 3rd division ended in a 3-1 victory in the favour of RBL. The captain on that day Daniel Frahn scored after 8.6 seconds - the fastest goal in the history of the 3. Bundesliga.
It will be a special game for some. Timo Werner was born in Stuttgart and played for the club from 2002 to 2016. Ralf Rangnick was also the head coach of the side from 1999 until 2001.
In the first round of the cup this year, Stuttgart came out on top against FC Energie Cottbus 4-3 on penalties.
They will face 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the second round next week.
Most challenges won by Stuttgart players
- Stuttgart's top scorer is currently Chadrac Akolo. The Congo-born forward has scored three times this season, most recently in the 94th minute in the 2-1 win against Köln.
- Ron-Robert Zieler, who moved to Stuttgart from Leicester in the summer, has been one of the league's best keepers so far. The 28-year-old has kept three clean sheets in the eight games that he has played. Only Dortmund's Roman Bürki (5) and Hannover's Philipp Tschauner (4) have kept more.
- Stuttgart have got the third fewest yellow cards in the Bundesliga to date, with 11 in total. FC Bayern have got the least with nine.
Stuttgart have been without their captain Christian Gentner since their game agianst VfL Wolfsburg. He obtained the injury when Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels' knee made contact with his face, forcing him to go through an operation. The midfielder will likely miss the rest of 2017.
Carlos Mané and Matthias Zimmermann are also suffering from long term injuries. Mané is recovering from cartilage damage, while Zimmermann tore his ACL in his left knee at the end of August in a friendly. Marcin Kaminski will also be out for several weeks due to ligament damage in his ankle.
Anastonis Donis also picked up an injury in training this week. The 21-year-old forward injured his shoulder and will miss five to six weeks.