Leverkusen vs Stuttgart

Fourth-placed Leverkusen (W2, D1, L2) currently occupy the last Champions League (CL) spot but need to defend their position with a win against tenth-placed VfB Stuttgart (W2, D2, L1).

Leverkusen were humiliated by Dortmund 4-0 last weekend and could crash out of the top four with a defeat here and if an in-form Hoffenheim (fifth) beat an out-of-form Hannover (13th). In their last two games, Bayer (LEV) fell to a humiliating 6-2 loss against Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal, and a 4-0 league loss away to Dortmund. But with their last home loss to Stuttgart coming nearly ten years ago - Leverkusen will be the big favourites here.

The Swabians, confirmed their Bundesliga status with a 2-0 home victory over Bremen last time out. Since Tayfun Korkut took over the club in late January, they have gone from 14th and four points above the relegation zone, to safety in tenth-place (W6, D4, L1). With a 55% win rate, Stuttgart fans are pleased with his appointment.

Leverkusen have won 33 previous H2H league encounters, with Stuttgart winning 22, along with 19 draws. In their last five encounters, Leverkusen have won four of them (Bundesliga).

Can Tayfun Korkut get one over his old team by turning around a 13 game winless streak for Stuttgart?

Players to watch: 21-year-old Julian Brandt made his 128th Bundesliga appearance last weekend and has been involved in 52 goals for Leverkusen (26 goals, 26 assists) - he has eight league goals this season.

After his double in the game against Freiburg, Mario Gomez has not scored in four games. Will he add to his six goals in 14 games for Stuttgart?

Stat attack: Over 2.5 goals have been scored in each of Leverkusens last three Bundesliga games - Stuttgarts last three away games have seen more than 2.5 goals.

Leverkusen have scored over 2.5 goals in seven head-to-head meetings in all competitions since their 2002 DFB-Pokal 3-0 win (W10, D3, L1) - Stuttgart have scored over 2.5 goals twice.

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