DFB-Pokal / Hansa Rostock vs VfB Stuttgart – Hansa started modestly the new season in the third league and won only one out of first four matches, while Stuttgart is undefeated in first two rounds of the 2.Bundesliga. Hansa plays for years in the German third division and is not close to return to the 2.Bundesliga in which Stuttgart competes this season after being relegated from the Bundesliga last year. It is interesting that the two teams met last season in the Cup’s 1st round and Hansa won by 2-0.
Game Hansa Rostock vs VfB Stuttgart begins 12.08.2019 at 18:30 CET
Hansa didnt’ start well the new season in the 3.Bundesliga given that they won only once in four rounds. Two rounds ago they won Bayern Munich II by 2-1 in front of their fans. In the first round they met Victoria Cologne and the match ended as a draw 3-3, while they lost both away matches. Both times they lost by 1-0, to Hallerscher after they received the goal two minutes before the end when they had one player more on the pitch. In the previous round lost to Unterhaching, although the same team played that won Bayern II before. Out of action are Scherff, Opoku and Engelhardt.
Probable lineups Hansa Rostock: Kolke – Straith, Rieble, Riedel – Butzen, Pepic, Ozturk, Ahlschwede – Vollmann – Breler, Konigs
Stuttgart is again in the second division season and their main objective this season is to return to the Bundesliga. That makes quite questionable their ambitions about the DFB-Pokal but since they were eliminated from it right in Rostock in the first round last season they have motive to revenge. At that time they Stuttgart played in the German first league, however, it did not help them and the championship ended in a bad way. They started the new season with home victory againt Hanover 2-1. In the second round they faced Heidenheim and had a lead of 2-0, but they couldn’t keep it and the match ended as draw 2-2. Kaminsky and Insue are injured and cannot play now..
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Kobel – P. Stenzel, Kempf, Badstuber, Sosa – Ascacibar, Karazor, Castro – Didavi – Donis, Al Ghaddioui
Betting Pick: Hansa Rostock vs VfB Stuttgart
Hansa had surprised Stuttgart last year but it is questionable can it repeat that. Stuttgart doesn’t want to get eliminated right at the start and we forecast a tough match with not too many goals.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.02 at 888sport (down to 1.92 can be played)
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