In Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, VfB Stuttgart and Union Berlin meet in the first leg of the Bundesliga relegation on Thursday evening at 20:30. While the VfB’s aim is to mark off an underground season and bring it to a conciliatory conclusion, after ten years of second division football, the captains could finally fulfill the long-awaited dream of rising into the first German league.
VfB Stuttgart vs FC Union Berlin Football Betting Tips
For the Swabians, it is not only about saving a desolate season, but also about saving their finances, because a descent would have disastrous consequences and would in all likelihood mean a collapse of the team. In comparison, the Berliners can tackle the relegation much looser. For the established second division club, a rise in the Bundesliga would be a historic success, which would simultaneously release new financial resources.
VfB Stuttgart – Statistics & Current Form
At VfB, plans for the next season are progressing despite an uncertain future. With Tim Walter the coach is already determined for the upcoming season 2019/20. The 43-year-old was started by Holstein Kiel and will take over the Swabians for the next two years, regardless of whether they play in league 1 or 2 next year. At the two important relegation games Nico Willig will coach the team once again. Willig, who took over the helm of Markus Weinzierl, brought with the team since his setting of four games seven points, which in the end was easily enough to maintain the 16th place relational. In view of the upcoming relegation VfB took the last league game in the Veltins Arena as a test for the next opponent. The interim coach threw his team through and brought in comparison to 3: 0 against Wolfsburg equal to six new. The focus for the Schalke game put the VfB clearly on the defensive, which worked well, because the Swabians do not allow much over the entire 90 minutes. On the offensive, the guest from Stuttgart was more dangerous overall, but the Willig-Eleven lacked the punch, which ended in a just 0: 0. The coach should be a bit braver for the first leg against Union. It would be conceivable, e.g. that the last so unerring Donis returns to the starting lineup and will play with Akolo and Gonzalez (last bank).
Lineup VfB Stuttgart
↳ Zieler – Kabak, Pavard, Kempf, Insua – Castro, Gentner – Esswein, Akolo, Gonzalez – Donis
1. FC Union Berlin – Statistics & Current Form
The Ironheads have much less pressure to succeed than the VfB Stuttgart and can therefore go carefree in the two decision point. A rise in the German upper house would be earned after ten years 2nd Bundesliga certainly, because often Union played for the rise, missed this, as most in the 2016/17 season usually for a place. For an ascent of the Berlin speaks this year’s extreme home strength, because of 17 league games you lost at the Alte Försterei only one game. Particularly noteworthy is also the strong defensive to Marvin Friedrich, Christopher Trimmel, Florian Hübner and Ken Reichel, which reflects the best of all eighteen 2nd league clubs with only 33 goals conceded. In the storm, the captains also have two excellent attackers in person by Sebastian Andersson (12 goals) and Sebastian Polter (9 goals). For additional danger from the midfield always provide Grische Prömel, Joshua Mees or Akaki Gogia. Urs Fischer does not have to hide and could immortalize himself among the fanatical Berlin fans.
Lineup Union Berlin
↳ Gikiewicz – Trimmel, Friedrich, Hübner, Reichel – Gogia, Mees, Zulj, Prömel – Andersson, Polter
VfB Stuttgart vs FC Union Berlin Our Best Betting Tips Explained
The VfB goes as a clear favorite in the relegation, but also has a lot more to lose. The team of interim coach Nico Willig has shown especially in recent games of the season, that the players have enough quality to be able to keep up in the first Bundesliga well. However, the Swabians won only their games in the home arena, as last in the 1-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach or the 3-0 on 33 Matchday against VfL Wolfsburg. Away, the VfB’s record reads quite disastrous, because only one game was won abroad during the entire season. The Stuttgart would be well advised if they would play in front of their own audience a small cushion for the second leg, because Union has lost in the current second division season only one game at the Old Forester. Although the Berlin have their first match point in the 2: 2 on the final day in Bochum awarded, but the Stuttgart should not underestimate the troupe of Urs Fischer. Of all the second-division teams, the Eisernen are the best backers (only 33 goals conceded) and have just lost five games from their 34 games. Even if two very close relegation games are to be expected, we believe that the Swabians will play a tight lead in the first leg.
Insider Tips: Stuttgart wins