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  • 11 February 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 45000
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Bundesliga Preview: Stuttgart - Hertha Berlin

Bundesliga Preview: Stuttgart - Hertha Berlin

Bongarts

Bruno Labbadia's men will be looking to revive their bid for European qualification, while the visitors are in dire need of points to stave off a relegation battle


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STUTTGART

Ulreich
Boulahrouz, Tasci, Maza, Sakai
Harnik, Kvist, Gentner, Okazaki
Ibisevic, Cacau
HERTHA BERLIN

Kraft
Morales, Hubnik, Mijatovic, Kobiashvili
Ebert, Ottl, Niemeyer, Raffael
Ramos, Lasogga

Following his late red in his side's 2-2 draw with Leverkusen, Cristian Molinaro is suspended. The Italian's absence, coupled with Arthur Boka's continued involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations will give Gotoku Sakai a chance to start for Bruno Labbadia's side.

Ibrahima Traore has returned from his own campaign in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea with a groin strain, while Timo Gebhart is also missing after tearing abdominal muscles. Johan Audel is fit, but unlikely to start.

Hertha Berlin will also be without a player due to suspension. Sebastian Neumann has picked up one too many yellow cards and will miss the trip to the Mercedes Benz Arena. Elsewhere, Christian Lell has a muscle problem, Maik Franz has a torn cruciate ligament, and Fabian Lustenberger remains sidelined with a broken metatarsal.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Both Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin's runs in the DFB-Pokal ended on Wednesday, with the former being beaten 2-0 by Bayern Munich, and the latter losing to Borussia Monchengladbach by the same scoreline.
  • Markus Babbel, who won Hertha Berlin promotion back to the top flight last season, started his coaching career with Stuttgart.
  • A goal from Raffael gave Hertha Berlin a 1-0 victory over Saturday's opponents in the first half of the season.
  • The Berliners have lost just two of their last 11 meetings with the Mercedes Benz Arena side.
  • A victory for Michael Skibbe's men would see them go level on points with Saturday's adversaries.

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Available Squads
1Sven UlreichGoalkeeper
2Gotoku SakaiDefender
5Serdar TasciDefender
6Georg NiedermeierDefender
21Khalid BoulahrouzDefender
4William Kvist JörgensenMidfielder
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
30Tamas HajnalMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
23Shinji OkazakiStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
2Javi MartínezMidfielder
-Antonio RüdigerDefender
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
26Raphael HolzhauserMidfielder
18CacauStriker
23Julian SchieberStriker
1Thomas KraftGoalkeeper
3Levan KobiashviliMidfielder
4Roman HubnikDefender
5Andre MijatovicDefender
22Felix BastiansDefender
8Andreas OttlMidfielder
18Peter NiemeyerMidfielder
20Patrick EbertMidfielder
27Alfredo MoralesDefender
11RaffaelStriker
20Pierre-Michel LasoggaStriker
21Sascha BurchertGoalkeeper
6Christoph JankerDefender
-Tunay TorunMidfielder
12Ronny Heberson Furtado de AraújoMidfielder
-A. RamosStriker
-Nikita RukavytsyaStriker
35Marco DjuricinStriker
Players to Watch
Vedad Ibisevic
Vedad Ibisevic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
Raffael
Raffael
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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