Stuttgart vs Hannover by Gustav
Stuttgart broke a streak of five consecutive victories last weekend when the team visited Hertha Berling and walked away with a point taken in a 1:1 draw. Overall, it was an equal game, but if any of the sides deserved to take all three points, that would surely be Stuttgart.
However, hosts took the lead in 14th minute thanks to a goal from Belhanda, while the visitors dominated from that moment on, have created more chances and surely deservedly equalized in 74th minute via Harnik. Even though they broke their winning streak, the team won't be too downhearted, since the current run is still impressive under new coach. They are currently eight points above play-out placed Werder and might even get involved into the race for European exit in case they continue performing well. Hosts will probably be playing in 4-1-4-1 formation with Werner as strker and Rupp and Kostic on the wings. Offensive midfielder Daniel Didavi (20/9) is suspended for this game, while injured remain forward Daniel Ginczek (7/3) and central defender Timo Baumgartl (16/0). Alexandru Maxim is set to replace suspended Didavi. Manager Kramny for sure won't change the lineup much as they are playing above all expectations at the moment.
Hannover is in terrible situation now, coming from their eight consecutive defeat. This time, the team lost 1:0 at home against Augsburg, while probably even more worrying is the fact that they didn't score a single goal in last four defeats (already mentioned Augsburg, Dortmund, Mainz and Leverkusen).
Augsburg entered the game better and scored the leading goal in 14th minute already via Ja-Cheol, while the sides continued in rather open and attractive game, however without further goals. Players of Hannover did create plenty of chances, but their poor form in front of opponents goal continues. Naturally, the side is at the rock bottom position at the table, having already six points less than play-out placed Werder and eight points less than safely placed Eintracht Frankfurt. Hannover is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Sobiech as their striker and Prib, Kiyotake and Karaman as his support. Hiroshi Kiyotake is nearing full fitness and should start here in the attacking midfield. Striker Hugo Almeida (4/1) is suspended and will be replaced by Sobiech most likely. Defensive midfielder Ceyhun Gulselam (8/0) is also suspended, while injured are forwards Adam Szalai (3/0), Uffe Bech (9/1) and Charlison Benschop (9/1), as well as midfielder Leon Andeasen (15/2).
Stuttgart is in a great form at the moment, Hannover completely opposite. Hosts have every chance to walk away with an impressive victory here and I believe that they'll get it even easier than the odds suggest.