VfB Stuttgart vs. 1.FC Cologne / Bundesliga – This duel can be called one of the derbies, because it is played between Stuttgart which is better ranked on the table than Cologne. The host has six points more than the last guest on the table and they have only one draw with six defeats. Stuttgart has two triumphs in their field, but in the previous three wins they are without a win, and Cologne has the same effect, counting Europa league. Two seasons ago they played their last mutual duels and it was interesting that the guests celebrated in both with 3-1. Begins: 13.10.2017. – 20:30 CE
A modest start of the season for Stuttgart, but it was hard to expect that they could do a lot more. All the points they have won, they won it at home with two triumphs and one draw, while they were defeated in all four matches. They are pretty inefficient and it is interesting that they scored two goals in both matches, and those two at home were enough for a minimal victory, with a goalless draw against Augsburg two rounds ago.
They were defeated in the first three matches and outplayed, although they had a tie at half-time. They were the closest to avoiding defeat in the last round when they had 1-1 in the injury time against Eintracht in Frankfurt, and they had more players on the field in the last half an hour and still experienced a defeat. We expect Terodde to return in the starting lineup, who has scored a goal in the last round as he entered the game.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Baumgartl, Badstuber, Kaminski – Beck, Aogo – Ascacibar, Pavard, Akolo – Ginczek, Terodde
After the desperate start of the season, it is a miracle that Peter Stoger was still on the bench, but he did somehow endure, with the proviso that this was probably his last chance to do something. Until now, it was very bad, except for a match in Hannover, where they won the only point, and there is also a win at the start of the Cup competition. In Europa league, they have suffered two defeats in the first two rounds, with the proviso that the one against Arsenal was expected and the one at home against Red Star was not.
Only two goals were scored in the championship, and none away, although the only points won were outside of their stadium. They brought the experienced striker Pizarro at the end of last month to improve efficiency and perhaps the Peruvian will now be a starter, because Cordoba is having injury problems and is likely to be the only change, given that J. Hector and Risse are also on the list of injured players. Otherwise, in the last round they lost to Leipzig at home with 2-1 and goalkeeper T.Horn has saved them from a heavy defeat.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Klunter, Sorensen, Heintz, Rausch – Ozcan, M.Lehmann – Jojic, Bittencourt – Osako, Pizarro
VfB Stuttgart vs. 1.FC Cologne PICK
Stuttgart has shown more so far, especially when they were at home, however, they did not really shine, so it is not that evident that they will defeat the team of Cologne, which has to start playing better at one time and maybe that happens in Stuttgart.
Pick: Asian Handicap +0.5 Cologne
Odds: 1.89 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)