Competition: Bundesliga II
Market: Stuttgart win
Odds: 23/20 @ Bet 365
In what is a real opportunity for either Stuttgart or Hamburg to move one giant step closer to booking a Bundesliga return, the two stalling outfits will face off at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena on Thursday evening.
Starting with the hosts, hit with a dramatic 3-2 defeat away at Holstein Kie over the weekend, Stuttgart have continued on what has been a real worrying run of form. Marking their return from the enforced break with a shock defeat against Wehen Wiesbaden, there is no doubt that Die Roten will be glad to make a return to home soil on Thursday evening. In the midst of their worst run of the season and collecting just one point out of a possible 12 in their last four Bundesliga II outings, Pellegrino Matarazzo’s men have continued to shine at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. Remarkably, including a rampant 3-0 win against Erzgebirge Aue prior to the break, Stuttgart have won six of their last seven matches on home soil and have dropped just a pair of points at home since the 20th of October.
As for the visitors, although Hamburg might be dreaming of moving one huge step closer to securing a Bundesliga return in midweek, Dieter Hecking’s men are another promotion contender in the midst of a real struggle. Despite picking up a point against league leaders Arminia Bielefeld over the weekend, Die Rothosen have landed just a sole victory since the start of February and have a growing reputation for their issues on the road. Throwing away the lead in dramatic fashion against Greuther Fürth when returning from the enforced break, Hamburg have remarkably picked up just a sole win away from the Volksparkstadion in their last 12 attempts, a run that stems all the way back to the 25th of August. Also hit with a 2-1 defeat when they last faced off against Stuttgart earlier in the season, we’re backing a similar outcome in midweek.
Bet: Stuttgart 23/20 to beat Hamburg in Thursday’s Bundesliga II contest @ Bet 365
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