• This is the 95th time that Bremen and Stuttgart have met in the top flight. The only side that Bremen have faced more often in the Bundesliga are Hamburg (99 times). There have only been more goals in one other Bundesliga duel (337 in BVB vs. HSV) than in this one (311).
  • Only Bayern (186) have scored more goals against Stuttgart than Bremen (162). Against no other Bundesliga side have Werder scored more goals than against VfB (162) and they too have only conceded more goals against Bayern München (166).
  • Bremen have lost just one of their last five matches against Stuttgart (W2, D2); a 4-1 away defeat in April 2012.
  • Thomas Schneider has claimed 10 points in his first four games in charge at VfB. The last new Stuttgart manager with this record was Christian Gross in 2009. He started his tenure with a run of six games undefeated (W5).
  • Only Braunschweig (3) have scored fewer goals than Bremen this season. The last time Bremen scored eight or fewer goals in their first seven Bundesliga games of the season was 23 years ago in the 1990/91 campaign (seven goals, they finished the season in third).
  • Stuttgart have only won one of their last five top-flight home games (D2, L2); a 6-2 victory over Hoffenheim on September 1st.
  • Stuttgart have already scored six goals from set-pieces, a league high together with Hamburger SV.
  • Vedad Ibisevic has scored 11 goals in 13 competitive matches and is the most prolific Bundesliga player this season (accurate prior to the European matches on October 1st-3rd).
  • Mehmet Ekici has won each of his four Bundesliga meetings with Stuttgart, scoring three times; against no other side has he scored more often (seven Bundesliga goals overall).
  • After 48 Bundesliga games and 3,361 minutes without one, Eljero Elia finally scored a Bundesliga goal in the match against Nürnberg last weekend. The attacker’s previous one came in December 2010 for HSV.