Schalke vs VfB Stuttgart
Date: 25 February 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: VELTINS-arena (Gelsenkirchen).
VfB Stuttgart ended their streak of three consecutive league losses with an impressive showing in the 3-0 drubbing of FC Koln seven days ago.
It was a huge win for Die Roten who moved up to 14th place in the league standings as a consequence.
Nonetheless, Bruno Labbadia’s men are still lock on points with 16th-placed Bochum, meaning they still have a lot of work to do before securing the top-flight survival.
The job could be much easier with a result on Saturday afternoon when Labbadia and his men travel to Gelsenkirchen to battle the rock-bottomed Schalke in a massive relegation six-pointer at VELTINS-arena.
Schalke just can’t seem to be able to find goals these days. They have won just 2 games since the beginning of the season and currently firmly hold the very foot of the Bundesliga standings with six points between them and Bochum.
On a positive note, Thomas Reis has indeed improved the team’s defensive showings. Schalke’s back line looked rock-solid in the recent weeks as the Miners from Gelsenkirchen kept four consecutive clean sheets in goalless draws to the likes of FC Koln, Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, and Union Berlin.
Schalke vs VfB Stuttgart Head-to-head
- The home court advantage has played a massive role in the history of this matchup. Schalke, who own a weaker H2H record, have thus won 30, drawn 7, and lost 13 of the last 50 home encounters with Stuttgart.
- The two teams shared spoils in a 1-1 stalemate when they met each other in the first half of the season at Mercedes-Benz-Arena.
- We have seen goals at both ends in each of the previous three head to head matches between these two counterparts.
Schalke vs VfB Stuttgart Prediction
Stuttgart will enter the tie as slight favorites but we have to say they are yet to record a win on the road in this term of Bundesliga. Tradition makes us lean towards the hosts who offer a lot of value at the 3.10 odds, especially if we take a look at Stuttgart’s away record this season.
Since Schalke played four consecutive goalless draws going into this tie, the main betting option just has to be Under 2.5 goals FT at the 1.80 odds.
Schalke vs VfB Stuttgart Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Schalke to win @ 3.10 (21/10) odd.