VfB Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Frankfurt / Bundesliga – This season Stuttgart and Eintracht are in quite different roles, but this duel is equally important for both teams. Stuttgart struggles for survival and they have finally managed to play three games without defeat, with their first away win, so they want to continue the positive series. Eintracht is a real hit and apart from being in the semi-finals of the Cup, they are in third place on the table before this duel with a series of three wins, including the Cup. In the first part of the season Eintracht has celebrated in Frankfurt against Stuttgart with 2-1. Begins: 24.02.2018. – 15:30 CET
For the first time this season, Stuttgart has managed to play three games without defeat, but more importantly they celebrated for the first time as guests, just in the last round. They played very badly as guests this season, and then they first played a draw in Wolfsburg, and then they mastered Augsburg in the last round. Between those two matches they also celebrated at home over Borussia M'gladbach, so they now have solid four points above the relegation zone.
What does not change in Stuttgart are matches with a small number of goals and they very rarely play a match with a bigger number of goals, as it was the case in Mainz when they lost with 3-2. They have made the previous three wins with a score 1-0, and when they lose, it is mostly without a goal scored. It can be said that this team plays much better after they got new coach Tayfun Korkut. In the last round he played with Badstuber in defensive midfield and it paid off completely and now he probably will not change anything in the team.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Beck, Baumgartl, Pavard, Insua – Badstuber, Ascacibar, Gentner, Er.Thommy – Ginczek, M.Gomez
Eintracht is a special story this season not only for their performance in the championship but also for the fact that they are playing also in the Cup and they have reached the semi-finals. In the second part of the championship they only had one bad day when they lost with 3-0 against Augsburg. They quickly recovered from this defeat, and they have outplayed Cologne with 4-2, and they smoothly defeated Mainz in the Cup, and then they in the last round celebrated in Leipzig with 2-1 at home. The third place on the table was not expected even by the biggest optimists, and the second-ranked Borussia Dortmund has just one point more.
It does not matter to Eintracht even that coach Kovac does not succeed to send the same team in every new game, but he is forced to make changes. Midfielder Mascarell was absent from Leipzig, while Haller was expectedly at the top of the attack instead of Jovic. After the turnover, they have mastered the current vice-champion, and now Boatega will not be in the team due to yellow cards and he will be replaced by Gacinovic, while Mascarell returns.
Probable lineups Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky – Salcedo, Hasebe, Abraham – da Costa, Mascarell, Chandler – M.Wolf, Gacinovic – Haller, Rebic
VfB Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Frankfurt PICK
Stuttgart mostly plays hard matches without too many goals, especially in their field, but now they are welcoming the playful Eintracht, which is very unpleasant when playing outside of their stadium, so we expect an open game and a win, which will also make the host change their approach.
Pick: over 2 goals
Odds: 1.64 at 10bet (down to 1.57 can be played)