The fifteenth round of the Bundesliga season 2017/2018 version will open this Friday, December 8. Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen will face Stuttgart at 17:30 CET. The duel will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart.
Stuttgart’s recent performance
The owners of the house make a rather irregular campaign. In the last five games were two wins, two defeats and a draw. On the fourteenth day as visitors, they lost to Werder Bremen 1-0.
Parked in the 17 points (five wins, two draws and seven losses), they occupy the thirteenth place. They are midway between the qualifying zone for European competitions and the relegation zone. The first block is closed by Borussia Dortmund, sixth placed with 22 points. The second is opened by the Freiburg, sixteenth with 12.
Playing at home or away from their domains has made a difference far above what can be considered normal for Stuttgart. The team has a near perfection advantage in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. In six home games, he won five and drew once. He scored nine goals and suffered only two. It is the best home defense of the Bundesliga and has the third best campaign in the tournament.
When he leaves his domain, however, Stuttgart is a disaster. In eight matches, he lost seven and drew one. He conceded 15 goals and scored only four. It has, alongside Freiburg, the worst performance as a visitor to the German Championship.
Coach Hannes Wolf has some problems trying to maintain his home power. None of them, however, involves players who can be considered key players on their team. They are in treatment of injury reserve keeper Alexander Meyer (still does not have performances in the season 2017/2018 of the Bundesliga); defenders Dzenis Burnic (four games, no goal) and Matthias Zimmermann (two games, no goal); and striker Daniel Ginczek (six games, two goals).
The current form of Bayer Leverkusen
After having dismissed two coaches last season, a rare event in German football, Bayer Leverkusen seems to have hit a hand in its reformulation process under the leadership of Heiko Herrlich. Even though he has not had a big investment in hiring, the coach is able to keep the team at the top of the leaderboard.
Leverkusen’s team completed a ten-game unbeaten run in the fourteenth round to stay home at home against Borussia Dortmund, 1 to 1. They were five wins and five draws in that period.
Enough to ensure the German Cup survival and lead the club to ninth place in the Bundesliga with 21 points (five wins, six draws and three losses). That way, you have the opportunity to enter the qualifying zone for European tournaments this Friday.
The campaign as a visitor has been good. Leverkusen have not lost four rounds away from their dominions (two wins and two draws). It is the eighth best in this area. For the match against Stuttgart, the team will not be able to count on left-back Brazilian Wendell (13 matches in the German Championship 2017/2018, a goal). He was sent off in the 41st minute of the first half in the match against Dortmund and will have to comply with suspension.
History of the games between Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen defend an unbeaten run of 12 games against their rivals. The series began in 2010 and has nine wins, including the last three meetings and three equal matches.
In a match where the two teams give priority to the defensive system, the guess in the tie is a good option. It has a quotation of 3.60 in Rivalo. Stuttgart’s success allows multiply the investment by 3.30. Leverkusen victory yields 2.10 for each real bet.