Fresh from the brilliant Ruhr Derby win over Schalke, Borussia Dortmund will now target a sixth home victory of the season when they host Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund, currently second on 25 points from ten matches, one behind Bayern Munich, can go top of the league at least for a few hours with a victory against Stuttgart.
Borussia Dortmund players celebrate their win over Arsenal in the Champions League. Reuters
However, Dortmund will have to drop the habit of only managing draws against Stuttgart in recent times, with the last four home games against their opponents ending in parity.
"You can´t compare all these games. This is a different Stuttgart team," said Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, who earlier this week signed a new contract until 2018.
"VfB have a great quality and they are on a good run. And when they switch to attack, we will have to be on full alert."
The Dortmund players will want to pick up a victory in celebration of their manager committing his future to BVB. "There are really a lot of things we need to watch out for against Stuttgart," Klopp added. "The opposition will make us work hard and we must be prepared for everything.
"But we are also on a good run at home, even if we could be a bit more consistent football-wise. I expect a tight match, but I also expect us to win this game."
Stuttgart are comfortably perched in eighth with 13 points from their first ten games, but can move up to fourth in the table with a win on Friday at Signal Iduna Park.
"We're really looking forward to it," said Thomas Schneider, who has seen his side pick up three wins and four draws since he took over as manager.
"The lads know what to expect and they're excited. It's an absolute highlight to play against one of the top teams in Europe, and Friday night games are always special."
Team News: Long-term absentees Ilkay Gundogan, Lukasz Piszczesk and Sebastian Kehl remain sidelined for Dortmund, although Klopp does not have any new injury worries.
Doubts linger over the fitness of Stuttgart trio Christian Gentner, Gotoku Sakai and Daniel Schwaab.
Key men: Borussia Dortmund: Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the star man for Dortmund against Schalke, assisting in two of the three goals and the former Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker will look to add to his tally on Friday.
Stuttgart: Vedad Ibisevic has already scored seven goals this season, and will pose the biggest threat to Dortmund.
Where to watch
The game is scheduled for a 1 am IST start on Saturday morning with live coverage on Neo Prime.
Expected lineups: Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Sahin, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Lewandowski.
Stuttgart: Ulreich, Schwaab, Haggui, Niedermeier, Boka, Kvist, Harnik, Traore, Gentner, Maxim, Ibisevic.
Prediction: 2-1 to Dortmund
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