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Stuttgart should return to winning ways against Holstein Kiel

Holstein Kiel vs VfB Stuttgart Preview 24/05/2020

19 May 2020 | 2. Bundesliga | Preview
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Stuttgart should return to winning ways against Holstein Kiel

All eyes were on the Bundesliga last weekend as it became the first major European football league to return after the coronavirus outbreak. But let’s not forget about Germany’s second tier!

2. Bundesliga also resumed last weekend, and among the league’s upcoming round of fixtures is Sunday’s clash between Holstein Kiel and VfB at Holstein-Stadion.

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  • VfB Stuttgart haven't lost a match in 9 of their last 11 matches in 2. Bundesliga
  • Holstein Kiel have managed just 1 wins in their last 6 home league games
  • Of their 5 most recent all competitions games, VfB Stuttgart have seen 4 with under 2.5 goals scored

 

Kiel find themselves eighth in the table following a 2-2 draw with Jahn Regensburg last time out. Goals from Lee Jae-sung and Finn-Dominik Porath put Kiel two goals to the good, but a late collapse meant they eventually had to settle for a point.

Still, following a run of three games without a win before the season was put on hold, Kiel will probably be happy to have avoided defeat.

It’s difficult to tell whether the lack of home support will benefit Kiel this weekend. After all, Ole Werner’s side have only won one of their previous six games on home soil.

Having said that, Stuttgart have been woeful on the road this season – claiming just five away wins in their last 35 games on their travels.

Despite their dismal away record, the Reds come into this game sitting third in the table – level with second-place Hamburg on 45 points and four points clear of Heidenheim in fourth.

Stuttgart were beaten 2-1 by SV Wehen in the previous round, so they will need to bounce back in order to keep pace in the race for promotion.

Kiel and Stuttgart have only faced each other twice before, with both sides picking up one win each. In their most recent encounter, Kiel claimed a 1-0 victory back in October.

Looking at the team news, Kiel will be without goalkeeper Timon Weiner this weekend, along with forward duo Michael Eberwein and Janni Serra due to injury.

Maxime Awoudja remains absent for Stuttgart with an Achilles tendon rupture, while left-back Borna Sosa will be hoping to play a part after recovering from a knee injury.

Stuttgart will be eager to bounce back and end a three-game winless run this weekend, so the promotion hopefuls are likely to come out fighting.

Forebet predicts that Stuttgart will claim a rare away victory on Sunday. Furthermore, the Reds’ solid backline should help the team keep a clean sheet in the process.

Predictions for 2. Bundesliga

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Hannover 96Dynamo Dresden
03/06/2020 17:30
1
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SV DarmstadtGreuther Fürth
29/05/2020 17:30
X
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VfL OsnabruckJahn Regensburg
29/05/2020 17:30
X
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NürnbergVfL Bochum
30/05/2020 12:00
X

Germany 2. Bundesliga - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Arminia Bielefeld 56 28 15 11 2 53 26 27
2. VfB Stuttgart 51 29 15 6 8 49 35 14
3. Hamburger SV 49 29 13 10 6 55 35 20
4. Heidenheim 48 29 13 9 7 38 29 9
5. SV Darmstadt 43 29 10 13 6 39 35 4
6. Greuther Fürth 38 28 10 8 10 40 38 2
7. Holstein Kiel 38 29 10 8 11 45 46 -1
8. Erzgebirge Aue 38 29 10 8 11 39 42 -3
9. VfL Bochum 36 29 8 12 9 45 46 -1
10. SV Sandhausen 36 29 8 12 9 35 37 -2
11. Hannover 96 36 28 9 9 10 40 43 -3
12. Jahn Regensburg 36 29 9 9 11 42 48 -6
13. St. Pauli 35 29 8 11 10 35 37 -2
14. VfL Osnabruck 34 29 8 10 11 39 42 -3
15. Nürnberg 32 29 7 11 11 37 49 -12
16. Karlsruher SC 30 29 6 12 11 37 48 -11
17. SV Wehen 28 29 7 7 15 35 49 -14
18. Dynamo Dresden 24 26 6 6 14 25 43 -18

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