VfB Stuttgart eyes Bundesliga retention

VfB Stuttgart eyes Bundesliga retention

VfB Stuttgart is looking one leg away from retaining their spots in the Bundesliga, after a 3-0 win on their first leg against Hamburger SV. Stuttgart were able to prove on why they are one at the Bundesliga over the past seasons. They were able to take a big leap to their hopes of retaining their spot in the Bundesliga for the next season. As for the Hamburg, they are looking for miracles, as they need to overcome a three-goal deficit from the first leg. Hamburg wants to finally end their years of not entering Bundesliga, and to avoid yet another heartbreak. The meeting between these two teams will be on June 6, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8), with Hamburg as hosts.

From their first meeting in 1937, these two teams have battles for 118 times already across all competitions, including their first leg. From those matches, the visitors are the ones at the advantage, winning 48 matches. The hosts on the other hand are with 46 wins, while the remaining 24 matches all ended in draw. However, from their last three meetings, the visitors were able to win all those three matches. Additionally, in the last two matches, they were able to score three goals, and are aiming for the same thing here. Meanwhile, the hosts are undefeated at home since November, winning eight matches from their 10. This is where they will gain confidence to overturn the results of this series, and have a chance for next season.

VfB Stuttgart

Bundesliga Relegation: VfB Stuttgart
Photo courtesy of VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart are now with a three-goal advantage from the first leg, where they aim to build up from. These three goals were from Kostantinos Mavropanos, Josha Vagnoman, and Serhou Guirassy. This win in the first leg is Stuttgart’s biggest win in the first leg playoffs since 2009. However, considering the format of this game, it may not be as smooth as their first leg. In four of their 20 away matches, Stuttgart failed to score a single goal. Fortunately, they now have a three-goal lead which is huge for them, as this can bring them the victory in this series. Moreover, Stuttgart is hoping that they could finally improve their form on the road, to seal a win here. A draw will be enough for them to retain their Bundesliga status for the next season.

Fabian Bredlow, and Thomas Kastanaras remains to be unavailable in this match, due to their long-term knee and ankle injuries respectively. Other than them, there are no other members of their squad who will be unavailable here.

Hamburger SV

Bundesliga Relegation: Hamburger SV
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Hamburg is coming into this match with threat of not advancing in Bundesliga next season, following their first leg loss. That loss is huge for them because they need to overcome a three-goal advantage, which is almost impossible. Hamburg are now aiming for miracles as they are very eager to return to Bundesliga. They were eliminated in Bundesliga for the first time in 2018, and since then, they were not able to return in the top-flight. Fortunately, they are playing at home, which works for their advantage, as they are currently unbeaten at home since November. Hamburg are now aiming to produce an almost impossible comeback in this match. This is not impossible though, considering how solid they are at home this season.

Unfortunately, they are still without Noah Katterbach, Laszlo Benes, Omar Megeed, and Andras Nemeth fur to their injuries. Suhonen on the other hand will not play here, as he is suspended from their first-leg loss.

Prediction:

VfB Stuttgart (1.0)
Odds: -0.94
VfB Stuttgart to win on aggregate (

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