preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Stuttgart

Here is our preview of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal quarter-finals clash between Bayer 04 Leverkusen
and VfB Stuttgart, including predicted lineups.

Both teams are enjoying highly successful seasons, with Leverkusen leading the Bundesliga
and Stuttgart sensationally sitting in third place.

They last met in December, drawing 1-1 in Stuttgart courtesy of goals from Chris Führich and Florian Wirtz.

Leverkusen last rested key players Jeremie Frimpong, Jonas Hofmann and Patrik Schick in their 2-0 win over
Darmstadt on Saturday, with an eye not only on Tuesday’s cup match, but also on Saturday’s highly-anticipated top-flight clash with Bayern Munich.READ MORE

The trio are expected to be back in the Leverkusen line-up on Tuesday, while Matej Kovar, who has seen plenty of action in the Europa League and DFB-Pokal, is likely to start in goal in place of Lukas Hradecky.

Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso could also hand a start to Edmond Tapsoba, with the Burkina Faso international an option to replace Josip Stanisic at the back following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

As for Stuttgart, Chris Führich and Maximilian Mittelstädt have been passed fit after shaking off knocks. Anthony Roualt is also available despite having suffered a broken nose in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Freiburg.

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