VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia M’gladbach / Bundesliga – Looking at how they started the second part of the season, it can be said that Stuttgart is ever closer to the relegation zone, and that Borussia is further away from the European positions that they want. Stuttgart has celebrated immediately after the break, but then they recorded two defeats and a draw, while Borussia in four rounds recorded a triumph and three defeats, so they dropped to eighth place before this round. When all is summed up, Borussia has ten points more than their host, and accordingly is the result of the first round of this season in which Borussia celebrated with 2-0. Begins: 11.02.2018. – 15:30 CET
In the previous ten games, Stuttgart has scored only one win, but there are only two draws in that series, which means that defeats dominate. We have also included here one match in the Cup from which they were logically eliminated, and a little hint of hope that better days are coming is that point won in Wolfsburg in the last round. It is important for Stuttgart, because they are desperately bad outside of their stadium and they still have not wins, and in Wolfsburg they only won the second away point.
The goal was finally scored by Gomez, who came from Wolfsburg this winter. It was also the debut for the new coach Korkuta and it was successful, and there were a lot of changes in the team compared to the home defeat by Schalke two rounds ago. Now the recovered Badstuber should come back on the center-back and the refreshment will be Ginczek, while the rest of the team should not remain the same.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Pavard, Baumgartl, Badstuber, Insua – Ascacibar, Gentner – Akolo, Er.Thommy – Ginczek – M.Gomez
Borussia has an even weaker performance in the second half of the season and they are therefore slightly sinking on the table, with the proviso that the score differences are not big and they can easily return to European positions if they improve their game a little bit. They have lost both matches in the championship, and those were not very tough matches because they were played in Frankfurt and Cologne. They have easily won in their field against Mainz and they hoped they could defeat Leipzig in front of their fans, but they were defeated with 1-0. They deserved a better result, however, in the end they were penalized and received a goal that left them without a single point.
Coach Hecking has after a bad game in Frankfurt, where they lost with 2-0, changed the formation and played again with four in the last line, and Jantschke jumped. He was forced to replace the goalkeeper, but Sippel was up to the task, but now Sommer returns. Wendt was absent due to injury, and Cuisance was on the bench. In the meantime, Raffael got recovered, so he might get a chance, because it is obvious that he has a hard time achieving goals.
Probable lineups Borussia M’gladbach: Sommer – Jantschke, Ginter, Vestergaard, Elvedi – Kramer, Zakaria – Grifo, T.Hazard – Stindl, Raffael
VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia M’gladbach PICK
Stuttgart is struggling to win and score goals. Borussia has to take on the role of a favourite, however, this team is not in the best form and it probably will not be easy for them in this match, so we predict a match with a small number of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.00 at bet365 (down to 1.90 can be played)