Bochum vs Stuttgart by Gustav
Bochum comes from very ugly defeat on Tuesday evening when the team visited Fortuna Dusseldorf and suffered 3:0 defeat without being any competitive during the match. Hosts entered the game strongly and took the lead already in third minute with a goal from Sobottka, increasing the lead already in fourteenth minute via Hennings. From that moment on, they left the ball possession to the players of Bochum, who were unable to do something more concrete in attack and just had the ball control, without making anything upfront.
Dusseldorf remained more threatening even with less ball possession, sealing the victory in 68th minute with a goal from Bellinghausen. After this defeat, Bochum now has 2-2-2 record and are three points away from the third placed Union Berlin. Team does well in their home matches having 2-1-0 record and are efficient at home, however it's obvious they also have probelms in the defense in recent matches, sine the team conceded nine goals in last three matches in Bundesliga.
Hosts will be playing without defender Perthel (6/0), but also at forward Quaschner (5/1). Doubtful for today's game are defenders Hoogland (3/0) and Celozzi (4/1) plus midfielder Canouse (5/0).
Stuttgart, on the other side, surely has as the primary target to bounce back to Bundesliga and the team will do anything in order to get back to the first tier of German football as soon as possible. Aftert six rounds played, they have four victories and two defeats, looking more stable in last couple of matches where the team defeats rock solid sides without conceding a goal. Currently, they are at second position, three points away from leaders from Braunschweig whom they won on Tuesday evening 2:0.
It was a good sign that the players of Stuttgart are ready for the challenge, as they took a strong start into the match against the leaders and took the lead in eighteenth minute with a goal from Sunjic, remaining with a bit more of the ball possession and confirming the superiority with the second goal in 64th minute via Grosskreutz. No doubt that their atmosphere is improved now, since the team also previously won on the road against Kaiserslautern last weekend and will be looking here to continue the winning streak and grab the first position if possible.
Visitors continue to miss forward Ginczek who anyway didn't play so far in the season, while they also might miss midfielder Werner (4/0) who is doubtful.
Stuttgart seems very more stable at this moment and even though Bochum performs decent at home, I have no doubts that the players of Stuttgart will be more superior and concrete on the field, hopefully ending with their victory here.