Sunday, May 26, 2024

Prediction: Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich

Verdict: Both teams to score in the first-half

Best Odds: 2/1

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

In what looks like it should be an action-packed affair this weekend, Bayern Munich will make the trip to Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon.

Stuttgart

Starting with the hosts, while Stuttgart might have found themselves at the heart of a Bundesliga relegation scrap last season, the Reds have come roaring back in a remarkable fashion. Continuing to receive a string of plaudits from across the continent, Sebastian Hoeneß’s men have officially punched a sensational Champions League ticket. With the mood around the MHPArena at a famous high, Stuttgart will be looking to make another heavyweight statement here. Last seen snatching a thrilling 2-2 stalemate away at newly crowned champions Bayer Leverkusen, Saturday’s hosts have suffered just a single defeat from any of their previous 11 appearances – a run that stems all the way back to February 6th. With their stellar purple patch highlighted by a 3-0 romp against Eintracht Frankfurt on April 13th, Hoeneß’s side have continued to gain a reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third.

Team News

All still dealing with respective long-term injury issues, Stuttgart will once again be without the likes of Dan-Axel Zagadou, Nikolas Nartey and Roberto Massimo this weekend. However, one-time Bayern Munich starlet Angelo Stiller should make a full return here after serving a one-match suspension against Bayer Leverkusen last week.

Heavily linked with a blockbuster Premier League switch this summer and notching 25 strikes in as many Bundesliga appearances, attacking talisman Serhou Guirassy will spearhead Stuttgart’s charge on Saturday afternoon. Likewise, registering four goals in his last five top-flight outings, ex-Brighton striker Deniz Undav will partner Guirassy in the final third.

Bayern Munich

As for the visitors, after officially relinquishing their Bundesliga crown, it is no secret that Bayern Munich now have all of their eggs placed in this season’s Champions League basket. However, although the German giants might have already confirmed that Thomas Tuchel will be leaving at the end of the season, the now-former champions are enjoying a recent boost. Although they might have been disappointed earlier in the week as they opened their Champions League semi-final adventure with a 2-2 stalemate against Spanish icons Real Madrid, Bayern are now unbeaten in all of their previous six appearances across all competitions. Sending Premier League title contenders Arsenal packing last month as they secured a thrilling 3-2 aggregate victory, Tuchel’s side should also be excited by their most recent showdown against Saturday’s hosts. Landing a 3-0 romp when they welcomed Stuttgart to the Allianz for their reverse battle on December 17th, Bayern will be desperate for a repeat display here.

Team News

Bayern Munich have confirmed that French international Kingsley Coman will not feature for the remainder of the season. Likewise, both still dealing with respective injury issues and not expected to play any part over the final few weeks, the duo of Sacha Boey and former Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt will not travel to Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon.

Continuing to break a string of records since arriving at the Allianz and notching 35 goals in his 31 Bundesliga appearances this season, the red-hot Harry Kane will certainly play a leading role this weekend. While Canadian international Alphonso Davies might have made just a single start over the past month, the 23-year-old could be handed a full recall here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Stuttgart and Bayern Munich met for their reverse Bundesliga showdown on December 17th, Saturday’s guests collected a 3-0 romp at the Allianz.
    • In fact, the now-former Bundesliga champions are unbeaten in all of their previous nine straight meetings against Die Roten.
    • Stuttgart have suffered just a single defeat from any of their previous 11 Bundesliga appearances.
    • England skipper Harry Kane has recorded 35 goals in his 31 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.
    • All of Bayern’s last six consecutive showdowns away from the Allianz have finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    While Bayern Munich might have claimed a routine 3-0 romp when they welcomed Stuttgart to the Allianz for their reverse Bundesliga battle on December 17th, the now-former champions will be bracing themselves for a far sterner examination here. With Saturday’s hosts now sat within touching distance of officially punching a famous Champions League ticket, neutrals could be treated to a thrilling affair this weekend. Two camps who have continued to gain a reputation for their lively outcomes, chances could come thick and fast.

    Verdict: Both teams to score in the first-half

    Best Odds: 2/1

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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