Preview: Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Bundesliga clash between Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Fresh from their Champions League semi-final in midweek, Bayern Munich travel to the MHPArena to face Stuttgart in the clash between the top three of the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.

Die Roten will be seeking revenge against their Bavarian counterparts after losing 3-0 in the first leg at the Allianz Arena in September last year.

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VfB Stuttgart coach Sebastian Hoeness before the match on February 6, 2024© Reuters

Twelve months after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga, Stuttgart secured a top-four finish with three games remaining and subsequently qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

This is despite Stuttgart failing to win their last two league games, with a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen followed by last weekend’s 2-2 draw against champions Bayer Leverkusen. Die Roten were two goals ahead in the last half hour thanks to goals from Chris Fuhrich and Deniz Undavbut Amina Adli scored for Leverkusen before Robert Andrich He scored the equalizer in the 96th minute.

Sebastian Honess has done wonders at Stuttgart since taking the reins just over a year ago and his team can now enjoy the remaining three games without any pressure, although securing a top-three finish for the first time in 15 years would be a great way to end the season.

Achieving that is not a given, however, as in-form RB Leipzig in fourth place are just two points behind Stuttgart, who follow Saturday’s clash against Bayern with fixtures against the top seven contenders. Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, threatened by relegation.

Only Leverkusen (42) and Bayern (40) have scored more points at home in the Bundesliga this season than Stuttgart (39), which has a 10-game unbeaten streak in the MHPArena. However, you have to go back to November 2007 to see the last time Die Roten beat Bayern in front of their own fans (3-1).

Harry Kane of Bayern Munich celebrates his second goal with his teammates on April 30, 2024© Reuters

Although Bayern have conceded the Bundesliga title to Leverkusen, their hopes of winning a seventh European Cup remain alive after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

Leroy Sane and Harry Kane In just four minutes of the second half, the Bavarians took the lead after Vinícius junior had given Real the lead in the first half, but the Brazilian had the last laugh by converting a penalty in the 83rd minute to keep the tie in balance ahead of next week’s second leg in Spain.

Thomas TuchelThe team is simply playing for pride in its three remaining Bundesliga games, but a win against Stuttgart on Saturday would see them surpass their point tally of 71 from last season, when they celebrated an 11th straight title on the final day.

Bayern’s search for a successor to Tuchel continues after Austria coach Ralf Rangnick became the last name after Xabi Alonso and Julian Nagelsmann to reject the future coaching vacancy at the Allianz Arena.

Meanwhile, Bayern will try to win their twelfth consecutive visit to Stuttgart; Only against Werder Bremen (currently 14) have the Bavarians won more consecutive away games in the top flight against the same opponent.

Bayern have won a total of 69 of their 109 Bundesliga games against Stuttgart; No other club in the history of the German top flight has defeated another rival so many times, so they have reason to be optimistic about Saturday’s success.

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Team News

Atakan Karazor of VfB Stuttgart with his teammates celebrates after the match on December 6, 2023© Reuters

Stuttgart will be left without the injured quartet Nikolas Nartey (knee), Josha Vagnoman (metatarsal), Dan-Axel Zagadou (knee) and Samuele di Benedetto (broken leg), while Roberto Massimowho has not played since the end of January, his muscle problem will be evaluated before kickoff.

Maximilian Mittelstadt and Enzo Millot Both are suspended after receiving their fifth yellow card of the season last time. Hiroki Ito will replace Mittelstadt at left back, while Angelo Stiller – who served a one-match ban last weekend – is available to return and replace Millot in midfield.

On loan from Bayern Alejandro Nubel is eligible to face his parent club and is ready to continue between the sticks, while Serhou Guirassy He and Undav, who have scored an impressive 43 goals between them this season, are expected to continue their attacking partnership.

As for Bayern, Kingsley Coman (groin), Sacha Boey (hip), Bouna Sarr (LCA) and Tarek Buchman (biceps femoris) all remain sidelined due to injuries, while Matthijs de Ligt He is unlikely to be at risk as he continues to recover from a knee problem.

With an eye on next week’s Champions League trip to Real Madrid, Tuchel is expected to rest several of his key players now that his team, Bayern, have conceded the title to Leverkusen.

Dayot Upamecano and Alfonso Davies Both are candidates to return in defense, and the teenage midfielder Alexander Pavlovic You could also be given a way out, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mathys Tel and Serge Gnabry can be summoned in attack; Bryan Zaragoza is also in the fight for an unusual start.

Stuttgart’s possible starting lineup:
Nubel; Stergiou, Rouault, Anton, Ito; Leweling, Karazor, Stiller, Fuhrich; Undav, Guirassy

Possible starting lineup for Bayern Munich:
Neuer; Kimmich, Upamecano, Kim, Davies; Pavlovic, Goretzka; Gnabry, Choupo-Moting, Tel; Kane

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We say: Stuttgart 2-2 Bayern Munich

Goals are to be expected on Saturday, as these two teams not only have the two top scorers in the division, Kane (35) and Guirassy (25), but they are also the two teams with the highest number of expected goals (xG ) and they have created the most scoring opportunities in the division: Bayern with 142, compared to Stuttgart’s 119.

Both teams have little at stake in this match, but Stuttgart still have work to do to guarantee a third place finish, so with that in mind, we think the hosts will earn a hard-fought point thanks to an entertaining draw.

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