Hertha Berlin vs VfB Stuttgart
German Bundesliga – 2017/18 Season
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin.
The team from the capital will host the newcomers on Saturday afternoon at Olympiastadion. VfB Stuttgart’s ambitions in the upcoming season are far higher than only securing the survival, while Hertha is eyeing one of the UEFA Europa League spots again.
In the previous season, Olympiastadion was a fortress. Hertha had one of the most impressive home records in Germany, but the last match against Bayer Leverkusen who obliterated them 2-6 spoiled their record.
Hertha’s team remained almost the same – key players have stayed in the club and Pan Dardai won’t have any trouble with the chemistry in the beginning of the season. Hertha already registered their first victory as they outplayed Hansa Rostock with 0-2 in the first round of DFB Pokal.
Stuttgart reinforced their team significantly and they will aim the upper part of the table despite the massive competition in Germany this season. In their first game of the current season, they were troubled by Energie Cottbus and they had to wait for the penalty shootout to confirm DFB Pokal 1/16-finals participation.
Hertha Berlin vs Stuttgart: Head-to-head
In the last five outings at the Olimpic stadium in Berlin, Stuttgart have registered two 0-1 victories while they were beaten in the remaining three matches. Also, in their last outing back in 2015/16 season, VfL Stuttgart grabbed a 2-0 triumph.
Hertha Berlin vs Stuttgart: Predictions from LeagueLane
Pan Dardai and his men are aware that making Olympiastadion unconquerable is a must if they are to chase UEFA zone. Hertha’s away performances are very poor, so they will aim three points against the newcomers. The quality of Hertha’s players is undoubtedly higher than Stuttgart’s, but it’s crucial for Hertha to keep a clean sheet in the first match of the season.