Stuttgart and Hertha BSC meet at Mercedes-Benz-Arena, in a match for the 18th round of the Bundesliga. Hertha BSC won at home (2-0) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 08-19-2017. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations indicates total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 1 win for each team in the last 3 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 13-02-2016, for the Bundesliga, which ended with the victory of Stuttgart by (2-0). The goals of the match were scored by S. Dié (51 ‘) and F. Kostić (84’) for Stuttgart. In spite of being a match between 14th and 10th of the table, in reality it is a match between the 7th classified in home matches and the 9th as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 17 points won, after 5 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Hoffenheim, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Bayern München, by (0-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 4 points in away matches, with 4 goals scored and 16 conceded, against 4 points won at their stadium, with 9 goals scored and 5 conceded. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they beat KV Oostende at home (5-2). In the last 8 home league matches Stuttgart has a record of 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, so they have won 16 points out of 24 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (3 out of 8 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since 5 of the last 8 matches have ended with less than 3 goals. In 17 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 10 times and never got the comeback.
The Estugarda is going through a complicated phase in the season and this winter stop may have been good for the local team. We remember that he records four consecutive defeats in the championship. In the middle, there is an elimination for the German Cup, against Mainz 05. Despite playing at home, we do not believe that coach Hannes Wolf opts for an offensive strategy, as he plays against a very competent opponent in the different moments of the game. Surely the local coach took advantage of this stop to train the finalization, aspect that harmed the team in the previous days. Chadrac Akolo is still the great scorer of the Stupid, with 4 goals scored. However, in doubt for this game is Badstuber, due to an injury.
The away team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 24 points won, after 6 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Hannover 96, by (3-1). In the last match, they won in an away match against RB Leipzig, by (2-3). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, with 11 goals scored and 11 conceded in away matches, against 15 goals scored and 14 conceded at home. In the last 8 away league matches Hertha BSC has a record of 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 24 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 5 away matches. In their home matches there are a few frequent results: at half-time 0-0 (3 out of 8 matches) and at the end of the match 1-1 (3 out of 8 matches). The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since in 6 of the last 8 they played there were less than 3 goals. In 17 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 8 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Unlike most other clubs, the Hertha chose not to play any preparation game at this winter stop. This may be related to the good season he is doing, since he occupies a place in the middle of the qualifying table. To point out that the Hertha comes to this game with two consecutive victories. In this game, despite playing away from home, coach Pál Dárdai must play with a fairly offensive team, taking advantage of the best form of insecurity that the opponent lives. Salomon Kalou is the great highlight of this team, with 7 goals scored. For this game the coach does not have a regular starter, defender Torunarigha, for suspension.
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