There's a long history between Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart, who will square off for the 100th time in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30 CET). Only once in their history have the Swabians conceded seven goals in the top-flight – and that was in a 7-1 defeat in Dortmund on 14 March 1964.
The scenario: Dortmund have lost only one of their last 15 Bundesliga matches against Stuttgart – in the away game last season – and have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. The Swabians are on good form however, having taken four points from their last two Bundesliga matches.
Home/away: Borussia Dortmund have won six of their last seven home games and are unbeaten in each of their 12 matches in front of their own fans this season. The 2-1 defeat to Mainz on 5 May 2018 was their only loss on home turf in their past 22 home games. Meanwhile, Stuttgart are winless in six games on the road (D1 L5). The last victory the Swabians picked up on their travels was a 2-0 triumph in Nuremberg on 10 November 2018.
Personnel matters: Piszczek and Philipp are missing for the Black & Yellows, while Stuttgart are without Kliment.
Head-to-head record: There have been 42 goals in the last 10 meetings between the two clubs – 31 of which have been scored by BVB, who have only lost one of the last 15 meetings (W9 D5). Despite the recent success against the Swabians, VfB are one of only two current Bundesliga clubs against whom BVB have a negative head-to-head record. BVB have won five and drawn five of their last 10 meetings in Dortmund. Stuttgart last won at the Strobelallee on 4 February 2007 thanks to a Mario Gomez goal.
Statistics: Borussia Dortmund have lost the fewest matches (two) and have only failed to score in one of their last 22 matches. Only Hannover 96 have more defeats (16) than Stuttgart (15), who have not kept a single clean sheet in their last 11 outings. The last clean sheet came in a 1-0 win against Augsburg on 1 December 2018. In their 5-1 win against Hannover last time out, VfB scored three goals from corners – more than in all their previous matches combined.
The biggest win: 7-1 on 14 March 1964 in the first Bundesliga season. 28,000 fans at the Rote Erde Stadium saw Timo Konietzka score four times, with Lothar Emmerich (two) and Franz Brungs getting the other goals. Rolf Geiger scored the only goal of the game for VfB.
Attendance: Signal Iduna Park is sold-out with 81,365 tickets sold.
Referee: Benjamin Cortus, 36, from Röthenbach an der Pegnitz, will be overseeing his 28th Bundesliga match and his third involving Borussia Dortmund.
Booking away from suspension: Hakimi has four bookings this season and is on the verge of a suspension.
Compiled by Boris Rupert