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VfB Stuttgart

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Nurnberg

  • Josip Drmic 6'

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Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider expects his side to enjoy the lion's share of the possession against Nurnberg on Friday night, but that does not equate to an easy home victory.

Nurnberg have yet to win this season, prompting them to change coach with Gerjan Verbeek appointed earlier this week, and Schneider expects them to take a cautious approach at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena.

It will therefore be up to his side to play with patience and, above all, incision if they are to move up to fourth on Friday night.

``We expect to dominate the game and that our opponents are compact, similar to the way it was against Frankfurt,'' Schneider said.

``We've got to ensure that we play the ball around quickly and, when possible, play it forwards, but it's going to be equally important to keep our patience.''

The change in coach is also likely to change Stuttgart's approach to the game, at least in terms of their preparation.

``We don't need to do any video analysis,'' added Schneider. ``That means we've focused more on ourselves this week.''

Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich returns to the side after injury, but Antonio Rudiger is suspended.

Meanwhile, Georg Niedermeier, who last played in a Europa League qualifying game in July, should be back in the squad.

Verbeek is not likely to make many changes to his side, but not due to the form of the side he has inherited.

``We've only lost three out of nine games,'' he said. ``There's no need to overhaul everything.''

He does have Markus Feulner and Daniel Ginczek back from injuries, though, and both are able to play with only Alexander Esswein and Timo Gebhart missing for his first game in charge.

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