After four straight defeats ahead of the winter break, Stuttgart sit only two points above the relegation zone. They have scored the second-fewest goals this season and will hope club icon Mario Gomez will help in this regard in the second half of the campaign.
Hertha headed into the break on the back of back-to-back wins, which turned a rather poor first half of the campaign into a solid one for them. They are out of European competiton and can solely focus on the domestic campaign in the second half of the season.
Expect this to be a close and competitive game from the outset.
Bremen desperately need results in the second half of the season to improve their situation in the relegation battle. They boasted a strong defence in the first half of the campaign, but scored the second-fewest goals, which needs to change for them to climb up the table.
Hoffenheim enjoyed a solid first half of the season, considering their injury concerns and the fact they were playing in Europe for the first time. They lost their Champions League play-offs against Liverpool, though, and crashed out of the Europa League at the group stages, meaning they can fully focus on their domestic campaign now, where they are looking for another European finish.
Expect this to be a close and intense game, in which Bremen will try to take advantage of the visitors' injury concerns in central mdfield.