The DFB have appointed Florian Badstünber to oversee this last match of the year. The 31-year-old has taken charge of two previous Leverkusen fixtures, with a win and loss each. His assistants are Markus Schüller and Christian Leicher. Johann Pfeifer is the VAR.
The Werkself can look forward to another sell-out crowd of 30,210 at the BayArena this afternoon. It’s the sixth time this season the stadium has been at capacity. Xabi Alonso and his team have recorded wins over Schalke and Union Berlin, as well as progressing to the UEFA Europa League, in front of a full house. Bayer 04 will want another positive result to send the fans into the World Cup and the new year happy.
As part of today's Bundesliga match with Stuttgart, the club is calling for donations of food for the Leverkusener Tafel e.V.. For more than 20 years, the non-profit association has been supporting the now more than 5,000 needy citizens of Leverkusen by distributing food. Also due to the increased food costs, the demand is enormously high in these times, so we ask our Bayer 04 fans to participate in the campaign at today's home match against Stuttgart. Food can be dropped off in front of the stadium entrances of blocks B1 and B2 (east side of the BayArena). The fan support team will be there to accept the donations. The Tafel Leverkusen has also drawn up a ‘wish list’ of particularly urgently needed foodstuffs for this purpose. You can read more about this HERE.
Bayer 04 welcome their favourite opponent this matchday. There’s no team Leverkusen have beaten as often in the Bundesliga as Stuttgart (39). The Werkself have lost only one of the last 20 top-flight encounters. That 1-0 defeat in April 2018 was also the only time in their last eight trips to Leverkusen that VfB have claimed a point. The remaining seven results since 2013 have all been Werkself wins. Stuttgart are also on a 16-game winless run away from home in the Bundesliga (D8, L8) and have won just one of 23 away fixtures since the start of last season (D11, L11) – that was a 2-0 victory at Wolfsburg back in December 2021.
VfB had a poor start to the season, failing to win any of their opening nine games, sitting 17th with just five points. It saw coach Pellegrino Matarazzo dismissed and replaced on an interim basis by Michael Wimmer. Things have improved under the 42-year-old, who has won four of his six competitive fixtures at the helm. It’s the same amount his predecessor managed in his final 29 matches. However, all four of Wimmer’s wins have come at home, with both away games ending in defeat at Dortmund (5-0) and Gladbach (3-1). It’s a problem that has plagued the club all year, having failed to win on the road at all in 2022.
The visitors also come to the BayArena without injured captain Wataru Endo and the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos. Read more about our opponents HERE.
The Stuttgart game can be followed as ever on Werkself Radio. The audio broadcast starts 30 minutes before kick-off with commentators Cedric Pick and Niko Hartmann reporting live from the BayArena. In addition, the live text service will provide updates so there is no need to miss any the action. Both Werkself Radio and the live text updates can be found at bayer04.de and on the Bayer 04 app.
Due to the suspended S-Bahn around Leverkusen-Mitte station, there will still be challenges getting to and from the stadium. Further information will be published and constantly updated on the websites of Deutsche Bahn and wupsi.
Monster Energy has been a partner in the Sponsors Club at Bayer 04 Leverkusen since the start of the 2023/24 season. Monster Energy has shown their products at Werkself home games on the LED advertising hoardings at the BayArena. Monster Energy activated the next stage of the partnership with the current Bundesliga league leaders for Bayer 04’s home game against Union Berlin in the middle of November. Monster Energy will continue to present themselves as a reliable and ambitious partner to Leverkusen fans through similar promotional events as at the game against Union Berlin.Show more
Bayer 04 involvement with the ‘Kältegang Leverkusen’ project continues this winter. The current Bundesliga league leaders and their fans again presented financial and in-kind donations to the homeless charity at home game against Borussia Dortmund (1-1).Show more
The Werkself remain unbeaten after the 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Bundesliga Matchday 13. The one-sided game demanded a lot of strength of nerve and competitive spirit from Xabi Alonso's team. In the end, Victor Boniface rewarded the relentless attacking efforts of the league leaders against passive but efficient visitors. The Werkself review.Show more
Bayer 04 were held to a 1-1 draw by Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13 in the Bundesliga. Julian Ryerson had put the visitors in front at a sold-out BayArena after only five minutes. Leverkusen would go on to dominate proceedings and finally get their deserved equaliser through Victor Boniface in the 79th minute. It’s a result that extends the Werkself’s unbeaten run in all competitions this season to 20 matches.Show more
For the 17th time, Bayer 04 Sportförderung gGmbH has awarded the Volunteers Award for outstanding commitment to football in Leverkusen and the surrounding region. The three outstanding clubs in 2023 are BSV Roleber 1919, TuS 05 Oberpleis and SV 1924 Glehn. They will each receive prize money of €5,000.Show more