Stuttgart vs Schalke
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz-Arena (Stuttgart).
Schalke continued to struggle on Wednesday night when they fell 1-2 at home to Bayer Leverkusen. It has indeed been a massively underwhelming campaign for the Champions League participant in this term of Bundesliga so far.
Die Konigsblauen sit as low as 14th after 16 rounds of the competition. They are only a single point above Saturday’s rivals Stuttgart in the red zone coming into the last game of the year for these two likes at Mercedes-Benz-Arena.
Domenico Tedesco’s troops got off to a nightmare start of the affair with Leverkusen on Wednesday. They shipped two quick goals from Aleksandar Dragovic and Lucas Alario. Even though Schalke showed the will to turn it around later on, they could only pull one back through forward Haji Wright at the death of the first half.
Can Schalke at least avoid a defeat here and a drop to the danger area?
Stuttgart vs Schalke: Head-to-head
Schalke could rely heavily on the most recent head to head trend here.
They won five and drew one of past six meetings with the Reds.
Interestingly, Stuttgart still lead the head to head tie by 5 wins coming into 99th encounter with Die Konigsblauen.
We have to say Stuttgart dominated this match-up historically in games at Mercedes-Benz-Arena where they won 30, drew 10 and lost 8 of 48 against Schalke.
Stuttgart vs Schalke: Prediction
The match will be particularly interesting for Markus Weinzierl who led Schalke in the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign. He took charge of Stuttgart in October this year and managed to turn team’s fortunes around and move them away from the very foot of the league standings.
The Reds picked up back-to-back narrow wins at home against Augsburg and Hertha. They fell 2-0 away at Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening, though.
Both teams tend to play tight and defensive-minded football this term. Given the match importance as well as the fact only one of last four H2H games saw three or more goals scored, we have to go for the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at the odds of 1.72 here.
Stuttgart vs Schalke: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11)
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5).