The best home team take on the best away team in an intriguing top of the table clash in 2. Bundesliga. Stuttgart have won their last six games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, conceding just two goals. It is hard to see them keeping a clean sheet against the highest scorers in the division though.
Stuttgart will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing loss last weekend going down 2-0 against Fürth. A side which Arminia Bielefeld hammered 4-2 in their latest away match in the league. VfB should be all too aware of the threat that is coming their way Monday evening. Bielefeld has been the league’s best side away from home this season. 12 away matches so far brought eight wins and just one defeat.
It should be added though that prior to smashing four past Greuther, Bielefeld failed to score in three away games. 14 goals scored after the winter break does hide the fact a little that 10 of those came in two matches. Stuttgart have been impressive at the back in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Monday’s hosts have conceded just eight goals in their 12 2. Bundesliga home games. This gives them the joint-best home defensive record.
Stuttgart have conceded more than one goal in just one of their 12 home games thus far in the 2019/20 season. Furthermore, they have also kept a clean sheet in four of their last five Bundesliga 2 home games. While Monday’s visitors tops the 2. Bundesliga’s away table for this season, they sit in ninth place for the past four games. A fact Stuttgart will of course attempt to strike upon.
Having named an unchanged side last weekend, coach Matarazzo is likely to freshen things up. Fit-again Holger Badstuber and Gonzalez both look like viable options for him. Kobel and Massimo are expected to shake off knocks in time so Kalajdzic and Kempf look to be the only players not available for selection. Midfielder Prietl is battling to be fit after missing Arminias’s last match while long-term absentees Quaschner, Behrendt and Voglsammer are definitely out. Captain Klos will be the danger man for Stuttgart after scoring his 17th goal of the season last weekend. Sven Schipplock will be hoping to feature against his former club.
Stuttgart will be looking to avoid a defeat which would open a gap of nine points for Bielefeld in the first place. We fell this could be a match where both sides will settle for a draw. The defensively solid Stuttgart may fancy their chances of keeping a clean sheet just like they managed in the reverse match.