7 points in 7 matches. A season output that puts VfB Stuttgart in 14th place of the Bundesliga standings. Four other teams have the same point tally to this date. On the road, Stuttgart are yet to pick up a point, but the results at home tell a different story. 1-0 wins against Mainz and Wolfsburg, respectively, plus a 0-0 draw against Augsburg are indicators of a strong side at home. The narrow defeats on the road are best encapsulated by the result in the most recent Bundesliga fixture, in which a spectacular bicycle kick goal by Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller in stoppage time snatched the points away from Stuttgart.
Mix of youth and experience
VfB Stuttgart was an active club in the summer transfer period. Young talents such as Santiago Ascacibar (Estudiantes), Anastasios Donis (Juventus Turin), and Chadrac Akolo (FC Sion) are mixing well with experienced veterans like Denns Aogo, Andreas Beck, and Holger Badstuber. Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who won the FIFA World Cup with Germany in 2014, happens to be an academy product of 1. FC Köln. In other words, Stuttgart is no ordinary recently-promoted team.
Good record for FC
1. FC Köln remain bottom of the Bundesliga with just a single point after seven matches. Head coach Peter Stöger does not expect it to get any easier, stating that Stuttgart “could have even more points than they have,” but that FC “know we have to get points sooner than later.” What bodes well for FC is that the last defeat in Stuttgart dates back more than 21 years. Six of the last seven matches in the home of VfB were won by 1. FC Köln. With 35 wins against Stuttgart, FC have no other side in against which they have won more matches. Add to the fact that Claudio Pizarro has scored 10 Bundesliga goals against Stuttgart, and the cards suddenly look better for all fans of FC.