Record against VfL Bochum
Overall: 73 games, 38 wins, 18 draws, 17 defeats, 130:90 goal difference
In Bundesliga 2: 3 games, 1 win, 2 draws, 4:3 goal difference
VfB and Bochum met earlier in the season on Matchday 5, with the lads from Cannstatt running out 2-1 winners at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Both fixtures between the two teams in the 2016/2017 promotion season ended in a 1-1 draw.
VfB will have some 1,800 fans cheering them on in the Ruhrstadion on Monday night. Tickets are still available from the VfB Fan-Center.
We meet again
VfL attacker Simon Zoller played in the VfB youth system from 2005 – 2007, while Stefano Celozzi also lined up for VfB from 2009 – 2012. Currently on the books at VfB are Atakan Karazor and goalkeeping coach Uwe Gospodarek, who were both previously at Bochum. Karazor played in their youth system from 2012 – 2015, while Gospodarek was between the sticks for VfL from 1995 – 1998.
Goal-scoring streak (with one exception)
In 13 of the last 14 meetings between the two clubs, VfB have managed at least one goal. The exception was in the first round of the DFB Cup in 2014 when Stuttgart were kept off the scoresheet, and that was the only time that Bochum have managed a win in their past 14 encounters with VfB (with nine wins and four draws for Stuttgart during that time).
Top of the form table
With three wins and as many draws in their past six matches, VfB are currently the form team in the division. In their past five homes games, Stuttgart have also managed at least three goals and won all of them by two clear goals or more.
Don’t leave the ground early
This season, VfB are the team with the most goals (12) in the last quarter-of-an-hour of matches. Most recently it was Mario Gomez who scored in the 90th minute of the 3-0 home win over Erzgebirge Aue, and he also found the back of the net away to FC St. Pauli in the 81st minute.