Stuttgart vs Union Berlin Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
VfB Stuttgart strives to regain its Bundesliga status as soon as possible and it seems that “Swabians” find themselves in a favourable position to accomplish their target with a first attempt. An upcoming Monday night fixture is a crucial challenge for Stuttgart’s ability when squad led by Hannes Wolf hosts to another ambitious Bundesliga pretender – FC Union Berlin. Basically we have two of the 2.Bundesliga clubs with clear aspirations to play alongside Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and other leading Bundesliga teams next season.
2. Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart vs Union Berlin 24.04.2017
Stuttgart won twice in a row and maintains its strong shape, especially at home. “The Swabians” are undefeated at the “Mercedes-Benz-Arena” since December when they lost to another main Bundesliga pretender – Hannover 96. Thereupon Stuttgart won four home games and drew two times, thereby collecting 57 points after 29 rounds.
In the meantime two other sides having certain intention to reach the top-two positions have leveled Stuttgart on top of the table, although that happened after their round 30 fixtures. Eintracht Braunschweig and Hannover 96 have the same number of points as Stuttgart (57) but “The Reds” can move one step ahead again, if they don’t lose here.
Union Berlin on its turn can make situation in second tier of German football even more dodgy. Indeed, “The Iron Ones” from capital Berlin are only on three points behind aforementioned trio, so a potential victory for Union will form a quartet on top.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Hannes Wolf enjoys to a decent start of his career in Stuttgart, after the 36-year-old German coach has been appointed as a head coach on 20 September 2016. His previous experience is in different youth formations of Borussia Dortmund and apparently Wolf is one of all young coaches coming with the new wave in German football.
Eventual promotion to the Bundesliga would be a huge achievement for Hannes Wolf and an upcoming Monday night event is one of the three remaining home games for Stuttgart. We expect similar formation to the starting XI used against Arminia Bielefeld seven days ago, when “The Swabians” were losing 1-0 on half-time but made a full comeback and won 2-3. Simon Terodde netted a winning brace and remains leading top scorer in 2.Bundesliga, while Romanian winger Alexandru Maxim influenced Stuttgart’s enthusiasm as he equalized in opening second-half minutes.
One of the decisive substitutions made by Hannes Wolf was in midfield where Anto Grgic replaced Berkay Özcan on half-time. That’s why we expect to see the same lineup and probably 19-year-old Özcan will make way to another youngster in Grgic’s face, who will start in heart of Stuttgart’s midfield alongside club’s winter signing Ebenezer Ofori.
Meanwhile, Carlos Mane remains sidelined and will miss out rest of the season but Japanese striker Takuma Asano hints to be a fine replacement on the right wing.
Union Berlin heads to capital city of Baden-Württemberg where Jens Keller will try to outwit his younger colleague. Jens Keller has a common history with Stuttgart which is not only his home town, but also his first professional club and place where he began with his coaching career. Initially Keller led Stuttgart’s U-19 formation and he developed through the next steps – assistant coach (2009–2010) and a head coach for only two months in end of 2010.
Now Keller transforms Union Berlin and the 46-year-old coach has enough arguments to upset his former club. “The Iron Ones” from Berlin arrive in Stuttgart after a 3-1 win vs Kaiserslautern, which ended their winless run. So we don’t expect any major changes in the squad and Jens Keller will most likely choose the same squad and formation he used last Sunday. This includes all key players who are ready to feature from the outset.
VfB Stuttgart vs Union Berlin Betting Prediction
Who will prevail here? A Stuttgart-born coach with bigger experience in other Bundesliga clubs, who leads the opposition, or one of the new generation coaches? Definitely a fascinating duel but we believe Stuttgart are capable to win third successive match in order to retain their position on 2.Bundesliga’s peak, however with three points more. .
Consequently our betting prediction goes to the home side and we place a stake on VfB Stuttgart – 1X2 Betting.
Venue: “Mercedes-Benz-Arena”, Stuttgart.
Referee: Patrick Ittrich.
Possible Lineups of VfB Stuttgart and Union Berlin
VfB Stuttgart: Mitchell Langerak – Benjamin Pavard, Timo Baumgartl, Marcin Kaminski, Emiliano Insua – Ebenezer Ofori, Anto Grgic – Takuma Asano, Christian Gentner, Alexandru Maxim – Simon Terodde. (4-2-3-1)
1.FC Union Berlin: Daniel Mesenhöler – Kristian Pedersen, Toni Leistner, Roberto Puncec, Christopher Trimmel – Stephan Fürstner, Felix Kroos – Kenny Prince Redondo, Damir Kreilach, Steven Skrzybski – Sebastian Polter. (4-2-3-1)