Stuttgart vs Eintracht Frankfurt by Gustav
Stuttgart surprised last weekend away to Augsburg when the team managed to take all three points thanks to a goal from Gomez in 27th minute. They have opened up the game better and were confidently better in the first halftime, continuing to be more concrete in second as well.
Players of Augsburg tried to react and had much more of the ball possession in second part, however moved to ball slowly and couldn't create real chances, in comparison to the visitors who were much more decisive in attack overall.
This was now third consecutive game without defeat, second consecutive victory (previous three pointer earned at home against Gladbach), as the side now looked much improved and are now four points ahead of play-off placed sides and ten points ahead of relegating Hamburger SV, surely boosting their morale on the road as well.
Gomez and Ginczek should lead the attack of the home team in a 4-4-2 formation. Right back Matthias Zimmermann (2/0) is injured, as well as offensive midfielder Carlos Mane (no performance yet). Doubtful are midfielder Orel Mangala (12/0) and forward Chadrac Akolo (16/4).
Eintracht Frankfurt is continuing to have very good season so far, as the team previously reached the semi-finals of German DFB Pokal with a convincing victory over Mainz 3:0 now already two and a half weeks ago, but are also coming from two straight victories in Bundesliga in front of own fans.
Firstly they have won over Koln 4:2 two weeks ago, but then also overpowered RB Leipzig last Monday afternoon with a 2:1 result to secure yet another victory and keep the third position at the table for now - being just a point behind second placed Dortmund, but also just a point less than Europa League placed Leipzig, meaning that continue to be in a must win situation as for their battle for the Champions League tickets.
They exploited the fact that the visitors were in a difficult schedule with Europa League clashes against Napoli and responded well in the first halftime, even though they were firstly back in the scoreline with a goal from Augustin in 13th minute. Chandler and Boateng scored their goals within next thirteen minutes in the first halftime to revert the scoreline, as the game looked less and less interesting as it progressed towards it's end.
Haller is set to lead the attack of the visitors in 3-4-2-1 formation, together with Wolf and Rebic as offensive midfielders as his support. Offensive midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng (23/5) is suspended for this one, with Mijat Gacinovic surely being one of the options. Defensive midfielder Omar Mascarell (5/0) is doubtful.
- Stuttgart have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Stuttgart seems much better under new manager Korkut as they got seven points in last three, however I see visiting side being as threatening as possible also. They surely aren't coming here to defend, especially not since they are a battle for European tickets and with lot of to prove after their most recent away defeat. Both teams to score seems like the most logical choice, with the odds surely being valuable for Bundesliga standards.