VfB Stuttgart vs. Bayer Leverkusen / Bundesliga – Bayer is better on the table, but Stuttgart is probably more satisfied because the goal of this team is to survive and they currently have five points more than the teams that are in the relegation zone, while Bayer wants to go out on the European scene but for now they are in the middle of the table, although European positions are not too far away. The team from Leverkusen has not been defeated for a long time, but they play a lot of draws and Stuttgart has been playing changeable lately. These teams met for the last time two seasons ago and then Bayer celebrated in both matches. Begins: 08.12.2017. – 20:30 CET
In the finals of the first part of the season, Stuttgart continues to hold the same rhythm, which means good matches on the home field and very bad on the side. They have played two more duels at home and are therefore in the bottom of the table because they have only scored one point outside of Stuttgart, with seven defeats. That is why they have only one draw and five wins in their field and are still not defeated and have only received two goals, which is the best effect in the league.
Given that they have played twice away in the last two matches, they have broken down the number of wins and defeats they had long followed them, but they eventually won the first guest point at Hannover, playing 1-1. In the last round they lost to Bremen with 1-0, and coach Wolf sent the same team to field in both matches. Now maybe there may be changes, because some players recovered from injuries, so Terodda and Akolo are in the combinations.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Pavard, Baumgartl, Badstuber – Beck, Gentner, Ascacibar, Insua – Akolo, Brekalo – Terodde
Bayer has not lost for more than two and a half months and that is really for every praise, and what is missing for a better score are more victories than the unresolved results. Except for one win in the Cup, in the championship this series in nine games long in which they made five draws and four wins. In the previous four rounds they played three draws, two of which were at home, but against strong rivals and in the situation when they were left with one player less on the field.
Against Leipzig they were losing and they reached 2-2 with lesser players, while they had the lead in the last round against Borussia Dortmund, and they received a goal after Wendella’s suspension. Between these two draws they celebrated a triumph against Eintracht in Frankfurt with a score of 1-0. A common thing in these three duels is that striker Volland has scored all three goals, who obviously caught the right form. The suspended Kohra was not in the team against Borussia, while Retsos, Mehmedi and Alario were on the bench. Now Wendella wll not be in the team, and Kohr returns and Retsos probably jumps in.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Leno – Tah, S.Bender, Retsos – Kohr, Aranguiz, L.Bender – Bailey, Havertz, Brandt – Volland
VfB Stuttgart vs. Bayer Leverkusen PICK
Stuttgart is really great on their field, but this series had to stop at some point and Bayer is in good enough shape to be able to celebrate in Stuttgart, while we certainly expect the guests to stay undefeated.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Bayer Leverkusen
Odds: 1.61 at betvictor (down to 1.56 can be played)