Bonkers in Bochum

With only five wins to their name Bochum float around just above the relegation-line but only because they have been terrible at avoiding defeats away from home. They only have to defeat in front of their own crowd, but they came in the last two.

Bochum has thrived in one key area but failed to make the grade in the other, even at home, which is why they currently find themselves in a lowly 15th place, just two points above the bottom three. Averaging an impressive 2.18 goals per home game only one side scored more at home this season. Having won just three times at home it becomes obvious where the problem lies and not even a chance in manager has brought a shift.

As good as Stuttgart are at this level, and they are good, they have been far from infallible on their travels. In fact, Monday’s promotion-chasing visitors, in terms of results, haven’t been good at all away from home this season. They’ve lost more games than they’ve won and have emerged victorious from just two of their ten away fixtures.

Stuttgart have two main problems on the road. They are not scoring enough and when they do they are barely keeping it together at the back. They’ve scored an average of 1.3 goals per away games, which by 2. Bundesliga standards are modest at best, while they’ve surrendered an average of 1.7. Stuttgart is without an away clean sheet since September.

VfB Stuttgart

Bochum has made a habit of being involved in high-scoring games, conceding exactly three goals five times at home this season. They’ve scored exactly three on four occasions and have drawn no less than seven times on their own patch and with Stuttgart looking sharper in offence after the winter break it looks like an entertaining encounter could be on the cards.

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