Stuttgart vs Nurnberg
Stuttgart logically, wants to return straight away to Bundesliga and the team does fine job for now. After thirteen rounds played with a man less then the other teams at the peak of the table, the team is having twenty-six points, which is four points less than leaders from Braunschweig and a point more than third placed Hannover.
Naturally, they need a victory here in order to get closer to the leading position and it's anyway something that everyone expects from them since the side has a record of five victories and one defeat in front of own fans. In the most recent game, they took a point against in-form Union Berlin away from home, even though they were leading from third minute with a goal from Terodde. Leading and being more passive cost them in that match, since they conceded in 60th minute and couldn't revert back to a bit more offensive style. Left full back Philip Heise (1/0) is injured, as well as defensive midfielder Hans Nunoo Sarpei (no appearance so far in Bundesliga) and striker Borys Tashchy (5/0).
Nurnberg's plan to return to the first tier of German football somehow goes quite the opposite for now, since the team remains somehow off the leading teams at the table and only thanks to most recent improvement have reached the mid-table positions. At the moment, they have a record of five victories, five draws and four defeats.
Quite a mediocre record for a side that aims promotion, since they remain six points behind third placed Hannover. However, as said, the team has improved lately and are on the run of seven matches without defeat, five victories and two draws, coming from 2:2 draw at home against Wurzburger Kickers, which can be described as slight setback as the team looked really in form - even though they leveled up the result finally in 89th minute. Defensive midfielder Patrick Erras is closing on his full fitness, but the match comes too soon for him. Striker Tim Matavz (8/5) is injured, as well as forward Shawn Parker (4/1).
Both teams look like being in a really good form at the moment. Stuttgart remains favorite, but Nurnberg is also very dangerous and with improvement in their form, I definitely can see them being very dangerous in this one as well, scoring too. Stuttgart looks stronger on the paper, but guests are coming with very little to lose and surely won't just stay behind the ball.