On Saturday, we can expect a plethora of very interesting matches across Europe, and this time we have analyzed the duel between Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund for you. The start of this match at the MHP Arena is scheduled for 3:30 PM, which is also when the vast majority of the other matches of this round will begin.
Stuttgart: Impressive performances by the Swabians at the start of the season!
Stuttgart was founded exactly 130 years ago, and to date, this club has been the champion of Germany five times, with the last championship occurring in 2007, when the popular Swabians finished the season at the top of the table with a two-point lead over the runner-up Schalke. It should be noted that in addition to five league titles, Stuttgart has won three German Cups and one German Super Cup, and among international achievements, it’s worth mentioning the UEFA Cup final in 1989, where Italian Napoli was better and won the trophy in the second most prestigious European club competition.
Last season, the Swabians had quite a lot of problems in the Bundesliga, but what is most important is that the Stuttgart team somehow managed to secure their place among the elite. Specifically, the former German champions finished the regular part of the championship in sixteenth place on the table and had to go through a playoff with the third-placed team from the 2. Bundesliga, which was Hamburg. However, when it mattered most, the former German champions played two brutally good matches, defeated HSV twice, and fully deserved to stay in the top tier of German football.
Of course, the primary goal at the start of the season was again Bundesliga survival, but it seems that after brilliant performances at the start of the championship, the appetites of Stuttgart fans have suddenly grown. Currently, the team coached by Sebastian Hoeneß, who is doing a great job, is in an excellent third place in the table, with the same number of points as fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund, and it’s very interesting that these two teams will face each other in this round.
So far, the former German champions have played ten matches in the league and achieved seven victories, three losses, and have not drawn any matches yet. However, everything seemed ideal until their top scorer Girasi, who has scored fourteen goals so far, got injured and practically carried the entire Stuttgart team in the initial part of the season. Unfortunately, since this fantastic striker has been out of the team, the third-placed team in the table has suffered two consecutive defeats, with the latest occurring in the last round when this team lost away at Heidenheim, with the match ending 2:0.
Regarding home performances, Stuttgart has played five matches at their stadium so far, achieving four victories and only one loss, which occurred in the last match they played in front of their fans, when Hoffenheim won 3:2. The last duel between the Swabians and the Millionaires was played in mid-April this year, and that match was a high-scoring affair with six goals, ending in a 3:3 draw.
Borussia Dortmund: The Millionaires aim to redeem themselves after the disaster against Bayern!
It has been often repeated how Dortmund lost the title last season, so we won’t go over that again, but it’s worth noting that the popular Millionaires had practically everything served on a platter, yet failed to end Bayern’s long-standing dominance. Of course, the primary goal this time around is the German championship title, with a note that the German representative will give their all to go as far as possible in the Champions League.
Speaking of the most prestigious European club competition, it’s worth mentioning that in the last round, Dortmund managed to defeat Newcastle 2-0 at home, making a significant step towards qualifying for the knockout phase. Currently, Edin Terzić’s team is at the top of the table with seven points, one more than second-placed PSG and two more than third-placed Milan, whom Dortmund will visit in the next round. After a defeat in the first round at PSG, the German representative showed character, as the team first drew at home against Milan and then secured two consecutive victories against Newcastle, who are also playing at a very high level in the Premier League this season.
As for the Bundesliga, the question arises whether the current German runner-up could have done more in the course of the season so far, as the team is in fourth place in the table, with the same number of points as third-placed Stuttgart. In the last five matches, the team from Signal Iduna Park has three wins, one draw, and one loss, which occurred in the last round when Dortmund experienced a real disaster at home against Bayern Munich, ending the match with a 0:4 defeat, and it seemed that Bayern’s victory could have been even more convincing. Even before that, the former German champion didn’t shine, having only drawn away at Eintracht Frankfurt in a spectacular duel that saw six goals, ending 3:3.
Edin Terzić, unlike a few previous matches, doesn’t have too many problems with absences this time, the only player he won’t be able to count on is Duranville, while Can and Morey are doubtful, but it is expected that they will be available for the coach for this visit to Stuttgart.
Our Betting Suggestions
As we have already mentioned, the stake is the number three position. The host still won’t be able to count on their best footballer Girasi, and it’s clear that without him, the popular Swabians look much weaker, which was probably best seen in the last round’s match against Heidenheim, where the Bundesliga newcomer celebrated a 2:0 victory. It seems that after their triumph in the Champions League against Newcastle, the Millionaires could also perform well in the German championship, so we boldly recommend you to bet on an away win (2), for which the betting company Mozzartbet has prepared odds of 2.75.
Finally, if we look a little at the tradition, matches between these two clubs almost always bring us a lot of goals. For example, the last two duels between Stuttgart and Dortmund saw an incredible eleven goals, and the impression is that this time too, we can expect a highly efficient match, so we advise you to try the Over 3.5 Goals bet, at 2.00 odds from Mozzartbet.