Ondrej Duda scored his first goal for FC at the weekend. It was the Slovakian’s first Bundesliga goal since May 2019, and he became just the second Slovakian to score for FC in the top flight. The only other player to achieve the feat was Dusan Svento in December 2015.
Ismail Jakobs’ return to fitness saw the winger put in a solid performance against Frankfurt. Not only was a he a headache for the opposition defence, Jakobs covered 1.2km per sprints on Matchday 4. More than any other player in the Bundesliga.
Sebastian Andersson also showed his worth when it came to aerial battles. The Swedish striker managed to win more headers than any other player on Matchday 4. Only Bas Dost has won more headed duels overall in the first four weeks of action.
FC have enjoyed recent trips to Stuttgart. Aside from the defeat in 2017-18, the journey south to VfB has regularly been fruitful. That was the first league defeat that FC had suffered in 21 years. The run lasted 11 games, with seven of those ending in wins for FC.
There has been no lack of hard work from the FC players so far this season. They have the third-most intensive and high-speed runs in the Bundesliga - only Leverkusen and Wolfsburg can boast more.
Friday night’s fixture will see two of the Bundesliga’s youngest teams go head-to-head. Stuttgart have an average age of 23.9 and are the second-youngest squad in the league. FC are the club to follow, with the average squad age at 24.7 – the same as 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Stuttgart have the tallest player in the Bundesliga in their ranks. Sasa Kalajdzic stands at exactly two metres tall. The Austrian started the season with three goals in his first three games before making his Austrian debut in the international break past.
Wataru Endo has been one of the top performers at VfB since his arrival and the Japanese international hasn’t gained that reputation without reason. The central midfielder has won more tackles than any other player in the Bundesliga this season.
Stuttgart have enjoyed a very successful start to the campaign following their Bundesliga return. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side are fifth with seven points after four games – their best points tally after the opening four matches since 2008-09. Even better than the year when they last won the league.
The opening stages of the new term has also represented VfB’s best start to a promoted season. The last time Stuttgart returned to the big time, Hannes Wolf had earned six points from the first four games of the campaign.