Stuttgart broke their run of three victories with a 2:0 loss away from home against Greuther Furth last weekend. The goals were scored in the second halftime, but it must be said that it was Stuttgart that looked a bit naive at the back in this one.
They were slightly better in the first halftime and missed some decent chances, looking just fine in the second part too, but the goals were missing. Instead of it, it was Furth that threatened more concrete via counters and faster transition. They are now sharing the second position together with Hamburger SV and are three points above fourth-placed Heidenheim.
The home team news
Forward Gonzalez (17/6) is doubtful, as well as goalkeeper Kobel (21/0), midfielder Massimo (8/0) and central defender Kempf (15/2). Unfit is the central defender Badstuber (14/2).
Arminia Bielefeld continued their good run with a narrow home victory over Wehen with a 1:0 result. The only goal was scored back in the 74th minute with a goal from Klos, as the hosts completely deserved that lead.
They were better and more superior side from the first minute, increasing the tempo in the second halftime and could have scored one or two goals more. They are now undefeated since the re-start of the league and are having five victories and a draw in the last six - which puts them at the first position with six points more than the closest rivals. Surely a situation that puts them in a bit more relaxed position.
The visiting team news
The guests will miss injured central defender Behrendt (4/0) and offensive midfielder Volgsammer (20/10). Midfielder Prietl (22/3) is doubtful.
Stuttgart have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home matches (Bundesliga II).
Should be interesting from the first minute
There is no other option for Stuttgart but to seek a victory in this one, while Bielefeld surely can be very dangerous in the transition, as they can gain a lot in this one. The hosts already showed that they are vulnerable at the back. This can easily turn out to be one of the most interesting matches this season.
Stuttgart vs Arminia Bielefeld betting tips
Over 2.5 & BTTS (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.95 at Bet365
Result: 1-1 LOST (-8 units)