VfB Stuttgart started the season strong with a 3-0 shutout of Schalke 04, but have tapered off since then. They managed only a 1-1 draw in their second contest against Borussia M'gladbach and lost 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen.
Where: Olympic Stadium
When: August 26, 2:30 p.m. EST
Watch: ESPN Deportes
Live Streaming: ESPN3.com
Hertha Berlin manager Markus Babbel going against his former team.
Players to Watch for Hertha Berlin:
Raffael, Adrián Ramos, and Andreas Ottl will need to be aggressive. After dropping their opening match, Berlin has come back well and scored late goals to manage draws in each of their last two contests.
They will need to be a little more assertive here and play with the lead.
Player to Watch for VfB Stuttgart:
Martin Harnik and Cacau have scored three of the team's four goals on the young season. The two were also strong scorers a season ago.
Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft against the Stuttgart attack. It's important for Berlin to play from ahead, which would be a break from their norm. To do that, they will need to score, but also keep the ball out of their own net against a strong attack.
What They're Saying:
In an interview with espnstar.com, Babbel said that his current team is going to be offensively aggressive against the team that he used to manage and play for.
"We are playing at home and we will be attack-minded...We have more or less been playing with three and a half forwards anyway - with Tunay Torun, Adrian Ramos, Patrick Ebert and Raffael behind them...We just need to be ruthless and take the chances that we create.
In an interview on his team's official website, former Berlin and current VfB Suttgart winger Ibrahima Traoré was also not afraid to be bold when talking about the game, even if he's largely a bench player at this point.
"I expect us to win this game...We have started the season well, but could have had a few more points than we do."
Which Team Will Win?
VfB Stuttgart appears to be the stronger club. Even though they're on the road, look for them to pull the win off here.
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