Tip: Under 2.5 Goals
1. Stuttgart ranks third in the league in registering the most saves per match
2. Hertha ranks at the bottom in winning possession in the final third
3. Since 2019, both the teams have each won once with a draw last time
Two sides from the borderline of the relegation zone go head-to-head in round 14 of the Bundesliga on Sunday as 15th-placed VFB Stuttgart host 14th-placed Hertha Berlin at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Stuttgart found themselves winning a game in the previous round after enduring three back-to-back losses. Hertha has lost two and drawn two in their last four Bundesliga games.
These two are pretty evenly matched sides, with a single point being the differentiator between their respective positions. Both of them are jeopardizing their security with 16th placed Augsburg, who is in the relegation playoff place and is equal on points with Stuttgart and one behind Hertha.
Last season, the Swabians finished ninth in the league. Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo was instilled with the responsibility to achieve a higher rank this season, but clearly, something is drastically hampering their chances of survival. Stuttgart's former and Hertha's current manager Tayfun Korkut has plenty to overcome from their slump as he takes on his former side for the elusive three points.
Both sides are pathetic in conceding a lot of goals every week. While the home side averages conceding 1.8 goals per game, the visitors are the penultimate in the lowest tier with an even worst average of 2.1. We presume that both sides will be content to play with a balanced mindset and try to grind out with a stalemate without risking too much.
Matarazzo will not have the services of Daniel Didavi, Enzo Millot, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Erik Thommy, Naouirou Ahamada, and Saša Kalajdžić due to their sustained injuries. Midfielder Chris Führich misses out on testing positive for Covid-19. The visitors will have to do without
Márton Dárdai and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Both of them are scheduled to return in the middle of December, while defender Lukas Klünter will return in the early weeks of this month.