Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 10 February 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
It is early to call any game a “final”, there are many matches left in the Bundesliga this season, but looking at the table, you realize that this is a… special game for Fortuna Dusseldorf, as well as for Stuttgart, obviously. Fortuna sit 14th in the table, on 22 points. Stuttgart are in 16th, on 15. If the season were over today, Stuttgart would have to go through play-offs to avoid relegation. If Fortuna win this game, they leave 10 whole points behind them a main rival in the fight to avoid relegation. Midweek, they got destroyed by Schalke in the DFB Pokal, losing 4-1 in Gelsenkirchen. Rensing, Zimmermann, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Gießelmann, Zimmer, Stöger, Morales, Fink, Usami and Hennings, this is expected to be the starting lineup. Kaminski, Raman and Sobottka were considered doubtful the day before the match. Injured Contento is definitely out.
Stuttgart started their home game last weekend versus Freiburg losing 0-1. Goals in the 75th and the 83rd minute turned the situation around, giving them a 2-1 lead. Come 89th minute, Mario Gomez got sent-off, seeing a second yellow card. Deep into added time, Freiburg equalized, maintaining the difference between them and Stuttgart at seven points. Even without suspended Gomez, VfB need to outdo themselves and win this match. Zieler, Pavard, Baumgartl, Kempf, Insua, Ascacibar, Esswein, Gentner, Didavi, Zuber and Gonzalez, these are expected to be the first 11. Aogo was considered doubtful the day before the game.
Previous five matches:
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-1
Hoffenheim vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs RB Leipzig 0-4
Augsburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2
Hannover vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1
Stuttgart vs Freiburg 2-2
Bayern Munich vs Stuttgart 4-1
Stuttgart vs Mainz 2-3
Stuttgart vs Schalke 1-3
Wolfsburg vs Stuttgart 2-0
Fortuna are visiting Bayer Leverkusen next weekend. Stuttgart will be hosting RB Leipzig (both Bundesliga matches).
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart: Head to head Stats
Fortuna have beaten Stuttgart twice at home the last six years. Before that 3-1 in 2013, they hadn’t hosted them since 1997.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart: Prediction
Fortuna are considered favorites to win, but first, I don’t trust them, and second, a draw wouldn’t be a horrible result for them, so I’m extra skeptic about tipping them to win.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart: Betting Tips
I’m risking with Stuttgart’s double chance, at 1.73. The same combined with “over 1.5” pays 2.30. Stuttgart’s three matches in 2019 had a minimum of four goals, and Fortuna’s four games had two, three, four and five goals.