Union Berlin vs VfB Stuttgart / Bundesliga – Rematch in promotion/relegation play-off and teams start with different perspectives than the first one. Stuttgart, being first-division team, was regarded as a favourite and had enjoyed the home-field advantage. After the 1st leg ended by 2-2 Union Berlin has advantage since the rematch will be played at its stadium. The last match between the two teams in Berlin was played in 2016 and ended in a tie 1-1.
Union Berlin vs VfB Stuttgart begins 27.05.2019 at 20:30 CET
Union Berlin has managed to recover from what happened to them in the last round of regular season and they showed their character in the first leg in Stuttgart. Union Berlin could have avoided always stressful promotion play-off if it won worry-free Bochum in the last round, however, they only drew. Interestingly, the end result was the same like in Stuttgart 2-2. They were trailing behind for 2 goals but managed to equalise, although the draw wasn’t enough, while in Stuttgart they were trailing behind twice but they equalised both times and made a very favourable result for the 2nd leg.
They avoided defeat and on top of it they scored two goals so now first two draw options suit them nicely. Stopper F. Hubner couldn’t play due to accrued yellow cards and Parensen expectedly coverd his position. Abdullahi and Hartel were refreshments in the midfield and attack, respectively. This former scored a goal and with that he justified the trust. Now, F. Hubner is back in the team, but Trimmel and F. Kroos are suspended.
Probable lineups Union Berlin: Gikiewicz – Ryerson, Friedrich, F. Hubner, Reichel – Schmiedebach, Promel, Zulj – Abdullahi, Mees, Andersson
It doesn’t happen often that a first-division team fails to stay in the first league after relegation play-off, but Stuttgart is now dangerously close to such outcome. It is not surprising they come into such position since they spent half the season at the position, however, they hoped that were able to keep enough strength to give their maximum in the play-off. They had expected a lot from the 1st leg, because they were the hosts and practically all good what they achieved this season they did in front of their fans. Stuttgart had a led twice against Union Berlin but they couldn’t keep it. They were particularly sloppy after the first goal, as they received the equaliser just a couple of minutes later.
At the beginning of second half experienced forward M. Gomez came off the bench and he needed only six minutes to score, but Stuttgart couldn’t keep the second lead either. Now they need to win away or to draw with a lot of goals, however, Stuttgart won away only once this season and drew just three times. Those were definitely discouraging facts ahead of the most important match of the season. Stuttart will start now with a slightly different line-up in which we expect to see Esswein and Zuber on the pitch from the first minute.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Pavard, Kabak, Kempf, Insua – Gentner, Castro – Zuber, Gonzalez, Esswein – Donis
Union Berlin vs VfB Stuttgart PICK
Although we still state that Stuttgart is better team it is hard to find reason why we would forecast their victory? Union Berlin lost just once in front of its fans this season, and Stuttgart won only once away, which is why we give advantage to the home team.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Union Berlin
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.65 can be played)
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