Duel of defensive specialists

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A tough challenge awaits FC Bayern in their first away match of the Bundesliga campaign. VfB Stuttgart conceded only nine goals at the Mercedes Benz Arena last season, boasting the Bundesliga's best defence at home. Shipping just 36 overall, VfB had the league's strongest defence after champions Bayern on 28. *fcbayern.com*has collected more facts and stats ahead of the duel of last season's best defences.

Strong run away at Stuttgart

However Bayern's recent record at VfB is very positive, the German record champions winning all nine of their last competitive visits. Stuttgart's last home victory was almost 11 years ago. They beat Bayern 3-1 on 10 November 2007. FC Bayern have only won nine away matches in a row against one other side since the foundation of the Bundesliga, which is currently the case against Werder Bremen. A victory for Niko Kovac's men on Saturday would mean a new club record.

Bayern's favourite away day

The Bavarians have made 50 Bundesliga visits to Stuttgart and returned home with three points on 28 occasions -- more than against any other team. The 87 FCB goals in southwestern Germany are also a club record. Bayern have only left Stuttgart with nothing 12 times, and a draw on 10 occasions, conceding just 60 times.

Stuttgart's false start

After an impressive second half to last season, which ended in four consecutive wins for VfB, they have now had a stuttering start to this campaign. Their DFB Cup first-round exit to third-tier Hansa Rostock was followed by an opening league defeat at Mainz. It is the first time during the Bundesliga's existence that Stuttgart have lost their first two matches of a season. They are also the only top-flight club yet to score a competitive goal this season.