Benjamin Pavard could switch to the right, with Andreas Beck possibly getting a break and Marcin Kaminski filling in at centre-back.
Chadrac Akolo and Anastasiso Donis are fully fit again and could get their chances in attacking midfield.
The more physical target man Simon Terodde could get a chance from the start at home, with Takuma Asano possibly dropping to the bench.
Panagiotis Retsos should replace the suspended Wendell in defence.
Domenik Kohr returns from suspension and is expected to replace the injured Charles Aránguiz in central midfield.
Julian Brandt could also start in Benjamin Henrichs’ spot on the right if manager Heiko Herrlich wants to make way for an additional striker in Lucas Alario.
Leverkusen are undefeated in their last 12 matches against Stuttgart in all competitions. Leverkusen win or draw 1.35
Leverkusen have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Stuttgart in all competitions. Over 1.5 goals 1.19
Stuttgart have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (Bundesliga). Stuttgart win 3.25
Leverkusen are undefeated in their last 9 matches (Bundesliga). Leverkusen win or draw 1.35
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Stuttgart’s last 3 home games (Bundesliga). Over 2.5 goals 1.66
Stuttgart have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.19
~ Stuttgart suffered another away defeat last weekend to prolong their very poor away form. They boast the Bundesliga’s third-best home record though having won six of their seven games at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena this season, conceding only two goals in these matches.
~ Leverkusen are unbeaten in nine Bundesliga matches, including four games on the road. They have the league’s third-best attack this season and will look to trouble a very solid Stuttgart defence with their versatility on the front foot here.
~ Expect this to be a close and competitive game.
Previous Meetings (Last 6 matches)
GB 20-03-2016 FT VfB Stuttgart 0 : 2 Bayer Leverkusen
GB 24-10-2015 FT Bayer Leverkusen 4 : 3 VfB Stuttgart
GB 13-03-2015 FT Bayer Leverkusen 4 : 0 VfB Stuttgart
GB 18-10-2014 FT VfB Stuttgart 3 : 3 Bayer Leverkusen
GB 01-02-2014 FT Bayer Leverkusen 2 : 1 VfB Stuttgart
GB 17-08-2013 FT VfB Stuttgart 0 : 1 Bayer Leverkusen
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