Bundesliga

March 10, 2013

Full-time

VfB Stuttgart

0 - 1

Hamburg SV

Bundesliga

16:30 +00:00, March 10, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Arena

VfB Stuttgart v Hamburg SV: Preview

Team Stat Comparison

VfB Stuttgart Hamburg SV
Matches Played 34 34
Table Position 12 7
Points 43 48
Goal Difference -18 -11
Goals for * 1.2 1.4
Goals against * 1.6 2.1
Last 5 D-W-L-L-W L-W-D-L-W
Last 5 home D-L-W-W-L L-D-W-L-L
Last 5 away W-L-D-W-L W-L-W-L-W
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: VfB Stuttgart | Hamburg SV

Competition Stats

VfB Stuttgart Hamburg SV
Goals Vedad Ibisevic 15 Artjoms Rudnevs 12
Assists Ibrahima Traore 6 Rafael Van der Vaart 9
Yellows Vedad Ibisevic 10 Milan Badelj 8
Reds Martin Harnik 2 Maximilian Beister 1
Squads: VfB Stuttgart | Hamburg SV

Next Matches

VfB Stuttgart Hamburg SV
4/25 A: Hannover 96 4/27 A: FC Augsburg
5/3 H: VfL Wolfsburg 5/3 H: Bayern Munich
5/10 A: Bayern Munich 5/10 A: Mainz

Stuttgart turn their attentions back to the Bundesliga after suffering a 2-0 defeat in their Europa League last-16 first-leg clash against Lazio on Thursday.

They host Hamburg tomorrow ahead of a trip to Rome on Thursday which is likely to signal the end of their European travels for this season.

If they are to have any more excursions next season, it will now depend on their final league placing or progress in the DFB-Pokal.

"We have won our last three games against Hamburg and we want the fourth now to follow,'' said coach Bruno Labbadia.

He hopes his side will have learned something from Thursday night's defeat and refused to see just the negatives from the result.

"We had more of the possession, more passes which reached their man, but Lazio just showed how experienced they are,'' he added at a press conference.

"That is something we have still got to achieve, which is why games like this do us good, even if the result was wrong this time.''

The performance of Alexandru Maxim was one of the biggest positives to emerge from the game, although he did not last the whole 90 minutes after breaking his nose and being concussed in a challenge with Hernanes.

He is therefore unavailable this weekend.

"His fresh wind did us good,'' said Labbadia. "And that is why his absence (tomorrow) is very annoying.''

Hamburg may also be without one of their key performers, with captain Heiko Westermann suffering from a calf injury.

"He has bruising right on the muscle and nerves and that is causing him problems,'' said coach Thorsten Fink.

"He is a big doubt, otherwise Jeffrey Bruma and Slobodan Rajkovic will play in the centre of our defence.''

Fink is keen to bring an end to his side's bad run against Stuttgart and celebrate his first victory over the Swabians.

"We are not going there just to get a point,'' he said.