DortmundAlthough the 3-0 win over Hertha in the DFB-Pokal semi-final in midweek required surprisingly little effort from Dortmund, rotation is again expected. Head coach Thomas Tuchel has made a number of changes for every Bundesliga game in recent weeks. Fouls were Stuttgart's only hope of stopping Ilkay Gundogan in the cup in February, but he might not play this time around. THOMAS KIENZLE/Getty ImagesIlkay Gundogan could be out after picking up a knock to his ankle late in Wednesday's game, as Dortmund surely won't take any risks in a rather meaningless game.
It’s all about giving it full-throttle, fighting and showing a united front. We are approaching the tasks ahead positively and we firmly believe we can get some positive results. "The game is of little significance for the Black and Yellows, whose focus solely lies on the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich on May 21. They have nothing to play for in the Bundesliga, having already clinched a second-place finish weeks ago. A loss against Stuttgart will mean Bayern win the title with a win at Hertha BSC, so Dortmund may try to delay the inevitable.
THOMAS KIENZLE/Getty ImagesDate: Saturday, April 23Time: 2:30 p. m. BST/9:30 a. ET/3:30 p. local timeVenue: Mercedes Benz Arena, StuttgartTV Info: Gol TV USA (U. S. only)Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go (U. only)Form GuideStuttgartDortmundIngolstadt: Draw (3-3)Liverpool: Draw (1-1)Leverkusen: Loss (2-0)Schalke: Draw (2-2)Darmstadt: Draw (2-2)Liverpool: Loss (4-3)Bayern: Loss (3-1)Hamburg: Win (3-0)Augsburg: Loss (1-0)Hertha: Win (3-0)Predicted LineupsStuttgartLong-term Dortmund player Kevin Grosskreutz will miss the game with an injury, as will midfielder Serey Die and striker Daniel Ginczek, another former Dortmund man.
4:33 PM7 hours agoSpeak up, Michael Wimmer! 4:28 PM7 hours agoProbably Stuttgart! Muller; Mavropanos, Anton, Zagadou; Silas, Endo, Ahamada, Millot, Sosa; Pfeiffer, Tomas. 4:23 PM7 hours agoHow do you get to Stuttgart? The Sttutgart is going through a good phase. He won the last two games and in a way that convinced the fans. The team beat Bochum 4-1 and 6-0 against Arminia Bielefeld for the German Cup. In the last 10 games, there were four victories, three draws and three defeats. 4:18 PM7 hours agoCLASSIFICATION! 4:13 PM7 hours agoThe game will be played at Signal Iduna ParkThe Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart game will be played at Signal Iduna Park with a capacity of 81.
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VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV InfoTHOMAS KIENZLE/Getty ImagesVfB Stuttgart host Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 31 of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season on Saturday. The match is much more important for the hosts than the Black and Yellows, seeing as a poor run of form—only two wins from their last 10 league games—has put them back into a relegation battle many thought the Swabians had left behind a few weeks ago: Stuttgart are 15th in the table, only two points ahead of Werder Bremen in the relegation-play-off spotHead coach Jurgen Kramny, who took over in late November and promptly lost his first match in charge against Dortmund 4-1, is optimistic his team can fight their way out of the danger zone, per the club's official website: "We are ready to face the current situation and defend ourselves.
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is highly unlikely to feature, having "chipped a bone" in his toe on Monday, per the club's official website. Players such as Matthias Ginter, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Erik Durm, Nuri Sahin or Moritz Leitner, all of whom didn't feature in the cup, could get the nod in the starting XI, while 17-year-olds Felix Passlack and Christian Pulisic could return to the lineup as well. Predicted Starting XI: Burki; Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Passlack; Sahin, Durm, Leitner; Mkhitaryan, Ramos, Pulisic. Players to WatchOne player whose individual performances haven't suffered too much during Stuttgart's poor run of form is left-winger Filip Kostic. The Serbian attacker has the pace and technical abilities to pose problems to any right-back in the league.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund haven't won for a while; four games and started a bad sequence, which caused a drastic drop in the overall classification of the Bundesliga. The team that played point-to-point with Union Berlin, today occupies the 9º placement with seven points of difference for the leader.
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