• Köln have their noses in front in the head-to-head record, with 33 wins to Stuttgart's 26 (23 draws), making VfB the team that the Billy Goats have secured the most victories against in their Bundesliga history.
  • This match-up hasn't seen a home win in the Bundesliga since October 2000. There have been seven draws in the last 15 meetings, with the visitors taking all three points home in the other eight fixtures.
  • Köln are unbeaten in their last nine Bundesliga games away at VfB (W5, D4). They have only had a record like that once before in the top flight (1981-1991 away at Karlsruher SC). Should 1. FC Köln get at least a point in Stuttgart, they would set a new club record in the BL.
  • Stuttgart have dropped points in their last three Bundesliga games due to last-minute goals. Christoph Kramer denied VfB victory in Gladbach, while they suffered last-minute defeats to Bayern and Wolfsburg at the end of last season.
  • 1. FC Köln set a new record in the second division during 2013/14, conceding just 20 goals in 34 games. They were also solid at the back in the Bundesliga opener: Timo Horn saved all four shots that were on target.
  • The Billy Goats haven't won any of their last 10 Bundesliga games (D3, L7). Their last victory in the top flight came in a 1-0 win over Hertha during March 2012.
  • Köln have lost each of their last five BL away games. Their last point on the road came in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim in March 2012.
  • VfB Stuttgart have won just one of their last six BL matches (D3, L3) – a 3-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 on matchday 31 last season.
  • No side had a worse tackle-success rate on matchday 1 than VfB (44.8%) – Köln were only a little better though with 45.2% of challenges won (16th).
  • New Köln signing Simon Zoller returns to his former club. Zoller was in VfB's youth setup in 2006/07, before joining SSV Ulm 1846's youth department. He signed for Köln from Kaiserslautern this summer.