Hoffenheim against Stuttgart. achtzehn99.de brings you all the relevant facts and figures ahead of the Bundesliga match on Saturday, 15.30 Uhr, at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena
- This is the fourth time the sides have met in the Bundesliga. The Swabians are still unbeaten (one win, two draws).
- Christian Gross' side can secure a place in the Europa League next season with a single point.
- The Swabians are the most successful team in 2010 with 38 points since Christmas. VfB have risen nine place in the table in the second half of the season. They were as low as 17th on Matchday 14.
- Stuttgart have scored two goals in eight of their last ten Bundesliga outings, winning six of those matches. VfB have scored at least one goal in each of their last 19 encounters, only FC Bayern have a better record with 22.
- Aside from Nürnberg, VfB are the only club in the league yet to lose a match after going in front (15 wins, three draws).
- Stuttgart (along with Bayern) have conceded just two goals from corner kicks - the joint-best such record in the league. 1899, meanwhile, have only scored three times from corners, the joint-worst record along with Hannover 96 and Bochum).
- Christian Gross has won 13 of his 18 Bundesliga matches (drawing three and losing two) making him the best ever Bundesliga coach in terms of average points per match.
Three Hoffenheim players have hit doubles in the club's past three matches (Ibisevic, Obasi, Tagoe).
- Timo Hildebrand's replacement Daniel Haas has only saved 60.7 per cent of shots at his goal. In five matches this season he has conceded 11 goals, three of those in the 3-1 defeat to Stuttgart earlier in the season. However, Haas did pick up an assist in last week's 2-1 win over Frankfurt after his long punt upfield found goalscorer Prince Tagoe.
- After 22 years as a professional, Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will bring an end to his illustrious career on Saturday. Lehmann made his professional debut for FC Schalke 04 in a 3-1 victory over Union Solingen in the 2. Bundesliga on 1 October 1988.
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