Professionals | 18/02/2021

Matchday 22

The Number Crunch: At home against Stuttgart

1. FC Köln welcome VfB Stuttgart to the RheinEnergieSTADION on Saturday afternoon, with FC hoping to make it back-to-back home wins. Here are 10 stats and facts ahead of the game.

Marius Wolf grabbed a brace in the last home game against Bielefeld to finally end the wait for a Bundesliga home win. It was against VfB Stuttgart where Wolf made his Bundesliga debut back in 2016.

Super Skhiri

No-one in the Bundesliga has covered more ground than Ellyes Skhiri this season. The Tunisian has managed to clock up 246.39km, almost 8km more than second-placed Maximilian Eggestein. Only Daniel Caligiuri and Martin Hinteregger have won more tackles than Skhiri (53).

Max Meyer has a very positive record against VfB Stuttgart. The FC midfielder has played eight times against VfB, winning six of those and grabbing a goal for himself in the process.

Only VfL Wolfsburg have conceded fewer goals from crosses this season than FC. The Wolves have only given up one goal from wide areas. Markus Gisdol’s men have conceded twice from crosses.

Since the 2000-01 season, there have been just two home wins between the teams in this fixture. The 23 league meetings have seen just two victories for the home side, one respective win for both teams. VfB last won at home in 2017-18, with FC’s wait for three points against Stuttgart in Müngersdorf now over 20 years long.

FC and Stuttgart have come together to field the 10 youngest starting line-ups in the Bundesliga this season. Only RB Leipzig have also managed to name a starting side 24.2 years old or younger. 

Pellegrino Matarazzo has shown his ability to make changes at the right time this season. Stuttgart have managed to score nine times through their substitutes this campaign, more than any other team.

Dangerous duo

Along with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart are the only club in the Bundesliga to have two players who have contributed to 13 or more goals. Sasa Kalajdzic (13) and Silas Wamangituka (14) are Stuttgart’s leading men.

Despite Wamangituka’s devastating runs taking most of the headlines lately, another VfB player is managing to make even more of his dribbles. Only three players in the league have completed more than Orel Mangala (51).

Wataru Endo has played himself into a fan-favourite role at VfB Stuttgart. The Japanese midfielder is a real battler in the middle of the park and has won 326 duels this season, more than any other Bundesliga player.

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Total table
16Hertha BSC26
171. FC Köln23
18FC Schalke 0413