Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Prediction: Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund

Verdict: Borussia Dortmund double chance

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: Dachbet

In what is a real showdown at the top of the Bundesliga table, Stuttgart will welcome Borussia Dortmund to the MHPArena on Saturday afternoon.

Stuttgart

Starting with the hosts, while Stuttgart might have enjoyed a record-breaking start to the new campaign, it is fair to say that Sebastian Hoeneb’s men are seeking a recent boost. Missing out on what they had billed as a golden opportunity last weekend as they eventually slumped to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Heidenheim, the Reds have now lost two of their previous three domestic appearances. However, still battling it out in the top-four chase, Stuttgart will be excited to make a return to home soil here. Extending on their DFP Pokal adventure on October 31st as they clinched a 1-0 victory against Champions League outfit Union Berlin, Hoeneb’s men have won five of their first six showdowns at the MHPArena. Although Stuttgart might have already proven that they are a tough challenge for any of Germany’s elite this season, they will certainly face a stern examination on Saturday afternoon.

Team News

Continuing to struggle in the absence of attacking talisman Serhou Guirassy over the past fortnight, Stuttgart are once again sweating over the fitness of their 14-goal marksman on Saturday afternoon. However, finding the net in three of his previous four Bundesliga appearances, ex-Brighton striker Deniz Undav will have a crucial role to play here.

The Reds have already confirmed that they will be without Danish defender Nikolas Nartey due to a long-term knee injury.

Borussia Dortmund

As for the visitors, while Borussia Dortmund might have come under a huge amount of scrutiny last weekend as they slumped to a 4-0 drumming against bitter rivals Bayern Munich, Edin Terzic’s side came roaring back a few days ago. Laying down another Champions League marker as they secured an eye-catching 2-0 victory against Premier League outfit Newcastle, the German giants find themselves sat in pole position to punch their knockout stage ticket. Largely impressing across all fronts since opening up the 2023/24 campaign, the one-time West Ham coach will be calling on his squad to claim a domestic boost here. Suffering just a single defeat in any of their last 10 appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to September 19th – BVB will also be excited by a rampant record against Saturday’s hosts. In fact, Terzic’s side have collected 13 points from their previous five Bundesliga showdowns against Stuttgart.

Team News

Still dealing with a recent thigh injury, Borussia Dortmund are expected to be without ex-Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on Saturday afternoon. Likewise, yet to make a single appearance this season, Belgium international Thomas Meunier will not travel to Stuttgart here.

Both getting on the scoresheet while on Champions League duties against Newcastle in midweek, the German duo of Niclas Fullkrug and Julian Brandt will once again spearhead Terzic’s charge in the final third.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Borussia Dortmund have collected 13 points from their previous five Bundesliga showdowns against Stuttgart.
    • Likewise, BVB have not suffered a single defeat at the MHPArena since November 2017.
    • Stuttgart have won five of their first six domestic home fixtures across all competitions this season.
    • Germany international Julian Brandt has scored four goals in his last six appearances across all competitions.
    • Stuttgart’s first five Bundesliga contests at the MHPArena have produced 23 goals at both ends of the pitch.

    Conclusion

    Producing another thumping Champions League performance earlier in the week as they secured a 2-0 victory against Newcastle in rural Germany, Borussia Dortmund will certainly be seeking a repeat display here. Sat in pole position to punch their knockout stage ticket, Saturday’s guests will now have their sights set on claiming a domestic boost. Despite getting blown away at the hands of Bayern Munich last weekend, BVB will be confident of making a Bundesliga statement. Mustering 13 points from their last five top-flight contests against Stuttgart, we are backing an away double chance.

    Verdict: Borussia Dortmund double chance

    Best Odds: 8/15

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    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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