Stuttgart are in the hunt for Europa League qualification one season after winning the Bundesliga 2. On Saturday, they will aim to draw closer to sixth-place Bayer Leverkusen in the table and the final Europa League qualification place. Their opponents are fifth-place Borussia Dortmund, a team coming off of a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday night. The loss came at the death as the Edin Terzic’s team snatched defeat from a draw.
Now, Borussia Dortmund turn their attention to playing Stuttgart and improving their fading hopes of Champions League qualification for next term. The Yellow and Black lost to fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, 2-1, in a thriller. The lose leaves Borussia Dortmund chasing the Eagles and seven points back of the last Champions League qualification spot.
Stuttgart humiliated Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park earlier this season. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side won 5-1 thanks to two goals from Silas Wamangituka and one each from Philipp Foerster, Tanguy Coulibaly, and Nicolas Gonzalez. Borussia Dortmund’s only goal came from youngster Gio Reyna.
The Swabians are unbeaten in five of their last six games in the league. They are playing well and with Borussia Dortmund suffering two straight losses in a week, Stuttgart will fancy their chances of completing a double. Stuttgart have won just two times in their last 10 games in all competitions versus Borussia Dortmund. Can they make it three from 11 matches?
Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds
Stuttgart are third in the Bundesliga form table heading into matchday 28. The Swabians took 13 points from the last 18 on offer in the league scoring 10 goals and allowing just six to opponents. Coach Matarazzo should be on the shortlist for teams around Europe as a potential signing thanks to his great work this season at Stuttgart.
Leading sportsbooks have the home team at odds of 31/10 to win against Borussia Dortmund. The Yellow and Black took 10 points from the last 18 available to them. Terzic is only in the job until the end of the term, but if he can get the team to qualify for the Champions League – and progress to the current Champions League semifinals – then plenty of teams will be interested in his services.
Borussia Dortmund are favourites to win at full-time at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. They are at odds of 20/23 to win at full-time away from home. Stuttgart’s last home win over Borussia Dortmund came during the 2017-18 campaign.
Stuttgart are on a three-game winning streak in the Bundesliga at home. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, are winless in back-to-back away matches in the league. It should be noted that when Stuttgart won 5-1 at Signal Iduna Park in December, the game was knotted 1-1 at halftime.
Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund Team News
Terzic is without injured winger Jadon Sancho. The winger could be fit for the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal versus Manchester City. However, it is unlikely the former Manchester City youth player will be fit.
It was reported this week that Borussia Dortmund will sell Sancho in the summer while hanging onto Erling Haaland. The club’s decision not to sell Sancho last summer may turn out to be a poor one in the end. Sancho’s market value has decreased from this time last term.
Midfielder Axel Witsel is still out of action with an Achilles tendon injury. Dan-Axel Zagadou is also ruled out of the match. Terzic may need to rotate the team for the visit to the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Borussia Dortmund’s players looked incredibly tired at the end of their 2-1 loss to Manchester City. It was fatigue that led to Borussia Dortmund conceding the winner.
Forward Nicolas Gonzalez, who scored versus Borussia Dortmund early this term, is ruled out with a thigh injury. Forward Silas Wamangituka is ruled out of the match through an injury as well. Midfielder Orel Mangala is ruled out of the fixture. The trio of Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, Lilian Egloff, and Clinton Mola are all doubts to make the final squad for Saturday.
Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 8/15 - BET NOW
The last two matches in the Bundesliga between Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund finished with both teams scoring goals. Six goals were scored by the two teams earlier this season. The Yellow and Black’s last two league matches finished with both sides tallying goals. Two of Stuttgart’s last five matches ended with both sides finding the back of the net.
Erling Haaland to score anytime @ 8/13 - BET NOW
Erling Haaland has 21 goals in 22 matches in the Bundesliga. He failed to score versus Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, but did score the prior game against Koln. In fact, Haaland bagged two goals versus Koln. Haaland did not play the reverse fixture versus Stuttgart due to a torn muscle. He could make the difference versus Stuttgart in the game. The striker is in good form and assisted Borussia Dortmund’s goal in midweek versus Manchester City.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 13/25 - BET NOW
Thirteen straight matches between Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. These teams typically find the back of the net against one another. The teams went into halftime at 1-1 in the reverse fixture before the game exploded for four more goals in the second period.
Two of Stuttgart’s last five matches finished with over 2.5 goals while Borussia Dortmund’s last two games ended with over 2.5 goals tallied. Terzic’s team are likely to be fatigued and could be focused on the Champions League quarterfinal second leg. Stuttgart are playing for a European place in next season’s competition. They have come a long way since their most recent relegation to the Bundesliga 2. They should make things difficult for Borussia Dortmund on matchday 28. If Borussia Dortmund are not focused on Stuttgart, they will drop points for a second straight game.
Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund Tips
Here are our Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund tips for Saturday's Bundesliga match.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 8/15
2. Erling Haaland to score anytime @ 8/13
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 13/25
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