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At the start of the 12th match day in the Bundesliga, there will be an exciting basement battle between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart. The fact that both teams are placed so far down the rankings does not even logically correspond to the high ambitions of the clubs, which in the short to medium term actually see themselves in international business. The Werkself are currently ranked eleventh in 13th place and suffered two setbacks in the league just before the international break. Both at home against TSG Hoffenheim (1: 4) and a week later at RB Leipzig (0: 3) hailed hearty defeats that quasi the small intermediate sprint with success in the highest German league, in the Europa League and in the DFB Cup canceled out again. Although coach Heiko Herrlich has always received the confidence of the sports chiefs around Rudi Völler, the air for the former professional in the case of another disappointment should be extremely tight.
For this reason one can speak almost of “luck” that with the VfB Stuttgart a kind of favorite opponent in the Rhineland will travel. Against no other club won the Leverkusen as often in the Bundesliga as against the Swabians. In addition, the VfB still adorns the end of the table, but finally reported back with just two weeks ago with an eminently important 2-0 away win at 1. FC Nuremberg. The time after the recent match, the new coach Markus Weinzierl could use to rehearse further automatisms and to solve mental blockages in the minds of the players. We believe that the clearance will have a positive effect on the game, which is why we are against quotas between Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart and are risking a prediction towards the rear.
Over the past few weeks, we have been very positive about the people responsible at Bayer Leverkusen. In today’s fast paced times of football, it’s no longer understandable that policymakers hold on to a coach for so long, even though the team does not get the performance they need for weeks and months. Specifically, of course, Heiko Herrlich meant here, which has been written several times by various media out of office and still continue to squeeze the scepter at the Werkself. With only eleven points from eleven games, the Rhinelander currently ranked in 13th place and have only three points ahead of the rear of Stuttgart. Only once in the Bundesliga history had the Leverkusen at this time less points in the account (1982/1983). The last two league games before the international break were a symbol of the hitherto messed up season. In particular, in the 1: 4 against TSG Hoffenheim in front of home crowd, the hosts were at least equal, but missed it, the odds in goals umzumünzen. Added to this was the already familiar defensive weakness, which once again led to four goals conceded. Only Fortuna Dusseldorf (25) scored more goals than Bayer 04 (24) in the first quarter of the season. A week later, the former Champions League finalist lost at RB Leipzig with 0: 3 and thus fell further in the table. Considering that the gap to position six has already grown to eight, in the coming weeks until the winter break it will take a winning streak at best. That Karim Bellarabi, Kevin Volland, Kai Havertz and Co. have the potential to do so, they proved at 6: 2 in Bremen or even at 5: 0 in Mönchengladbach in the DFB Cup. Leverkusen remains a sleeping giant, although we can not shake the feeling that the Werkself under Heiko Herrlich is not in a position to put the mentioned obstacles in the head.
The former Bundesliga professional from Borussia Dortmund or Borussia Mönchengladbach will again be under special observation on Friday evening at the start of the 12th match day. If the Europa League starter does not score three points at home against the bottom of the table, the days for the head coach could be definitely counted. After all, the hope for a positive result is the fact that the Stuttgarters are a favorite opponent of the previous year’s fifth. The Rhinelanders did not win as many victories against the other Bundesliga clubs as against the Swabians (34).
In addition, the former Vizekusen played equal to 25 times against the Mercedes city dwellers to zero. This could be an argument between Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart, preferring the odds on the hosts, but the lousy home appearances keep us from doing so in a way. Of five Bundesliga encounters in the BayArena, the “Pillendreher” could make only a single victorious (Mainz 05). This is offset by three defeats and a draw. Overall, goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky and his representative Ramazan Özcan had to attack 13 times in front of their own fans. This makes Leverkusen not only the second worst home team in the league, but also with the most vulnerable defensive in front of home crowd. Here’s a main clue to get in on the Leverkusen vs. Leverkusen game. VfB Stuttgart a tip on the guests at great odds complete.
In terms of personnel, Heiko Herrlich can draw almost everything. Joel Pohjanpalo will definitely fail. Julian Baumgartlinger and Charles Aranguiz were injured for a long time, but have been back in team training for a few weeks now. Bayer hopes most for the return of Karim Bellarabi, who probably played the most important role in the high-quality offensive of the Rhinelander during the “Intermediate High”. We assume that the ex-national player immediately slips into the starting lineup and causes a stir on the outside. In addition to Bellarabi, the main focus is certainly the young Kai Havertz, who convinced in the international match of the DFB-Elf against Russia and thus could further increase its market value.
VfB Stuttgart :
Three games, three defeats and 0-11 goals – so the balance of Stuttgart new coach Markus Weinzierl read in early November after the bitter defeat in front of home crowd against Eintracht Frankfurt, which also meant the playful low point of the hitherto catastrophic season. The Swabians were trapped at the bottom of the classification and threatened to lose the connection to the midfield. The encounter with fellow competitors from Nuremberg was summarily pronounced as a “final” to at least flash some light at the end of the long tunnel.
Thanks to a courageous and concentrated performance of the VfB won the game in Franconia 2-0 and thus landed the all-important clearance. Although the last year’s sweetheart, who played under Tayfun Korkut an outstanding second half (2nd place behind Bayern), still the table end, but makes the success of the rising star hope that the ambitious Swabians can soon leave the relegation zone. Possibly the white-reds climb on Friday evening temporarily on a Nichtabstiegsplatz, because in the case of an away victory one would jump at least until Saturday afternoon promptly on the 14th place. Statistically, such a guest coup does not seem so unlikely. In the youngest three direct duels won always the away team.
In the current season Mario Gomez and colleagues in the foreign, however, have not spread the shock. The mentioned 2: 0 in Nuremberg was the first three on the opponent’s place in this season. Previously, a 3: 3 in the South Derby at SC Freiburg was the highest of feelings. The matches in Mainz (0: 1), Leipzig (0: 2), Hannover (1: 3) and Hoffenheim (0: 4) were all lost. VfB was particularly on the offensive. With only eight goals scored (six of them away), the Weinzierl-Eleven faces the weakest attack alongside Schalke 04. Emblematic of the doldrums is ex-international Mario Gomez, who leads the internal scoring with three goals, but with the abundance of bullet points good and happy to have been able to hit the case three times as often. Leverkusen is now a good place for the thoroughbred striker. Only against SC Freiburg Gomez met as often as against the Werkself (twelve goals). In his 14 Bundesliga games against the Rhinelander he even marked two three-packs. In terms of tactics, we assume that Weinzierl stays true to his line and places great value on a solid defensive.
The clear bankruptcies against BVB and Hoffenheim (0: 4) we should not hang too high, as the Dortmund presented at this time in an absolute over-shape and the Kraichgauer benefited from an early red card of the Stuttgart. The Leverkusen, whose attack-defense balance is not among the best in the Bundesliga, will therefore get more problems with a compact defensive, especially since the confidence on Schwaben side has returned after the first victory since the end of September. Because the Werkself must first find offensive solutions and the guests from southern Germany also remain dangerous in Umschaltspiel, we have decided between Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart for a tip on the double chance X / 2, also because the odds in our eyes are too high.
The staffing situation for the white-reds could be better. Markus Weinzierl, who won both of his direct matches against his counterpart Heiko Herrlich (SpVgg Unterhaching) in the third division in 2011/2012 with his SSV Jahn Regensburg, has to do without Holger Badstuber, Borna Sosa, Daniel Didavi and Berkay Özcan. The use of Timo Baumgartl is just as questionable as that of Anastasios Donis, for whom after surviving injury anyway only a bank seat in question. Santiago Ascacíbar, who has been on the road with the Argentine national team for a long time, travels directly to Dusseldorf, so that his fitness state also leaves speculation open.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart head to head matches
28.04.18 BUN Bayer Leverkusen Stuttgart 0 : 1
08.12.17 BUN Stuttgart Bayer Leverkusen 0 : 2
20.03.16 BUN Stuttgart Bayer Leverkusen 0 : 2
24.10.15 BUN Bayer Leverkusen Stuttgart 4 : 3
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