VfB Stuttgart vs. Hertha BSC / Bundesliga – Both teams has finished the first part of the season in the bottom part of the table and it is certainly a big disappointment for Hertha because this team also played in Europa League. Stuttgart has just returned to the elite and it was expected they would have problems, however, they are two points above the relegation zone and will now strive to stay in those positions. It should be said that Hertha nevertheless gained the sensational seven points more so they are closer to European positions, than the relegation zone. In the first part of the season, Hertha has defeated Stuttgart with 2-0. Begins: 13.01.2018. – 15:30 CET
Stuttgart is certainly one of the teams that has welcomed this winter break because they played the worst in the first part of the season. The negative series began in mid-November, after a brilliant victory over Borussia Dortmund. Instead of raising their self-confidence, the “Krauts” have fallen in shape and have made six matches without defeat, out of which five defeats, ending with the one in the Cup from Mainz, so they now only have the championship.
In the championship, they have lost four games in a row without reaching any goals, so they probably decided to hire the experienced goalgetter Mario Gomez who arrived from Wolfsburg and will immediately take the place in the starting lineup. Before the break they played with Bayern and they did not have the luck because they lost with 1-0, and Akolo missed the penalty in the injury time. Mane and Zimmerman are no longer in the team due to injuries.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Pavard, Baumgartl, Badstuber, Insua – Ascacibar, Gentner – Asano, Akolo, B.Ozcan – M.Gomez
Contrary to the host of this duel, Hertha has played the best at the end of the first part of the season, which is confirmed by the two victories in a row before the break. They have played four matches without defeat, but their draw in Europa League with Ostersund on their home field is not a real achievement, while a draw with Augsburg is not so bad. They defeated Hannover in their field with 3-1 and then made the best win at the end, against Leipzig with 3-2. It is a big triumph when it is known that they at the very beginning of the match took the lead and then were left with one player less on the ground due to the elimination of Torunariga.
Numerously inferior, they have still managed to score two more goals and at the start of the second half they took the lead with 3-0. By the end, they received two goals, but they kept the win, so they went on a winter break in the good mood. They did not bring any reinforcements, and Stocker left, who has not played much latley. Compared to the last round, we now expect Weiser and Skeldbred on the field instead of the suspended Torunarighe and the injured Esswein.
Probable lineups Hertha BSC: Jarstein – Pekarik, Stark, Lustenberger, Plattenhardt – Skjelbred, Meier – Weiser, Lazaro, Kalou – Selke
VfB Stuttgart vs. Hertha BSC PICK
Stuttgart had a bad end in the first part of the season, and the question is whether they will be able to do much better at the start of the second part, while Hertha is in the rush and the break has certainly affected their form. All in all, Stuttgart is still a mild advantage due to home field, but the game is likely to be solid and with a small number of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.70 at bet365 (down to 1.60 can be played)