Wolfsburg vs. VfB Stuttgart: probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!

Wolfsburg are hopeful that Lukas Nmecha can return among home goals against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday (kick-off at 6.30 p.m.).

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Nmecha has scored five Bundesliga goals this season, averaging one every 159 minutes, but hasn’t scored for two. Wolfsburg lost to Borussia Dortmund and Mainz in that span and only collected one point from their last three, slipping to eighth in the table. Recovery rates after an intense UEFA Champions League game against Lille will factor into Florian Kohfeldt’s squad selection, but full-back William, Austrian midfielder Xaver Schlager and Swiss forward Admir Mehmedi are definitely absent.

After a few difficult months, Stuttgart went unbeaten twice in a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin last weekend. Pellegrino Matarazzo will think it should have been back-to-back Bundesliga wins, after seeing his side take a two-goal lead after 20 minutes. Perhaps they would have held on if Roberto Massimo hadn’t had to be substituted at half-time after complaining about not feeling well. Alexis Tbidi has been praised by Matarazzo for his impact following his arrival, and the French teenager may well secure his first Bundesliga start if Massimo does not recover. Starting Matchday 15 just one point above the relegation zone, the visitors will once again look to the thrilling Egyptian Omar Marmoush to help them climb to the top.

Look: Wolfsburg lost 3-1 in their last meeting with Stuttgart

Match statistics

  • Wout Weghorst has also scored five Bundesliga goals this season, averaging one every 203 minutes.
  • Wolves are undefeated in their last 13 home league games against Stuttgart (V11, D2), dating back to December 2005.
  • Wolfsburg are winless in their last five competitive matches, having won in each of Kohfeldt’s first three at the helm.
  • Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart celebrates his 24th birthday on match day. He won a greater percentage of all his challenges (69.4) than any other player in the Bundesliga in 2021/22.
  • Borna Sosa is third in the league for crosses in free play with 57, behind Filip Kostic (81) of Eintracht Frankfurt and David Raum (64) of Hoffenheim.
  • Stuttgart have yet to win away this season (D3, L3).

Likely queues

Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – Lacroix, Guilavogui, Brooks – Bakou, Vranckx, Arnold, Otavio – L. Nmecha, Weghorst, Lukebakio
Outside:
Mehmedi (muscular), Schlager (knee), William (knee)
Doubtful:
Roussillon (knee)
Coach:
Florian Kohfeldt

Stuttgart: Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Ito – Massimo, Endo (c), Karazor, Mangala, Sosa – Förster, Marmoush
Outside:
Bredlow (thigh), Führich (not included), Kalajdzic (shoulder), Millot (knee), Sankoh (knee), Thommy (pelvis)
Doubtful:

Coach:
Pellegrino Matarazzo

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