Defending German champions Bayern Munich seek another win when they meet Stuttgart at Mercedes-Benz Arena on the matchday 29 of the Bundesliga.
Pep Guardiola will be expecting an improved performance form his boys after their team managed to win their previous two league matches by a narrow margin. With a red hot Borussia Dortmund sitting at 5 points behind them, the Spanish tactician knows there is no room for complacency and Bayern must come back with all three points from Baden-Wuttermberg.
Vfb Stuttgart on the other hand are 12th in the table with 33 points and they are not entirely safe from relegation as yet. After managing just one win from their last 6 matches and six points clear-off the relegation zone, their head-coach Jürgen Kramny is well aware that it’s a matter of two or three matches to see his team near the danger zone.
Bayern won their last three matches in all competition by a 1-0 scoreline. The once free scoring team haven’t scored more than one goal in 4 of their last 5 games in Bundesliga. However they have not conceded a goal in their last 4 Bundesliga matches.
Bayern Munich have won in 3 and drawn in 2 of their last 5 away matches in Bundesliga and kept a clean-sheet in 4 of them.
Stuttgart have just one win in their last 7 league matches, the rest being 3 draws and 3 defeats. They have conceded a minimum of 2 goals in their last 6 games.
At the same time, they have won in 4 and lost 2 of their last 6 home games in the league and scored at least 2 goals in 4 of those matches.
Stuttgart have scored 23 goals in 11 matches since January making them the second best attacking side in the league behind Borussia Monchengladbach, who has scored 25 goals during the period.
Stuttgart: Team News
Stuttgart have five players sidelined through injury in the form of Daniel Ginczek (cruciate ligament), Kevin Grosskreutz (torn muscle), Arianit Ferati (hamstring), Toni Sunjic (head injury) and Serey Die (torn adductor).
Stuttgart: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Tyton – Schwaab, Sunjic, Baumgartl, Insua – Gentner, Didavi – Rupp, Werner, Kostic – Kravets.
Bayern Munich: Team News
Jerome Boateng (muscle tear), Holger Badstuber (ankle) and Medhi Benatia (hamstring) are already sidelined for Bayern Munich, while Arjen Robben is still recovering from an adductor injury. Pep Guardiola is likely to field the same eleven he used against Benfica in the mid-week Champions League tie.
Bayern Munich: Expected Starting Eleven (4-1-4-1)
Neuer – Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat – Vidal – Ribery, Thiago, Muller, Costa – Lewandowski.
Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich: Head-to-Head
Bayern have won their last 11 Bundesliga matches against Stuttgart. There could be another record if Stuttgart lose on Saturday and they equal Nuremberg and Freiburg, who have lost 12 times against the same side in a row in a top flight football league. Bayern Munich were the opponents on both occasions.
Also Stuttgart have lost 14 matches in a row against Bayern Munich in all competitions. Stuttgart’s last win against Bayern came on March 2010, a 2-1 in Munich.
Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich: Prediction
Bayern looked like a team short of ideas in their last few fixtures. Their goals have dried out so do their ability to create scoring chances. They must improve a lot against a Stuttgart side who are capable scoring a-plenty despite their inability to win matches.
Stuttgart haven’t won in their last three and have a very poor record against Bayern after losing in 11 consecutive league matches. They will be giving their all to save themselves from a shameful record on Saturday evening.
As a result I expect goals on both ends and I predict Bayern to come out as winners in the end by a 3-2 scoreline.
Best Bet : Both Teams to Score @ 1.54