Stuttgart have been formidable on their own patch but the same cannot be said for them on their travels. Thomas Hitzlesperger’s side have won just three of their 12 away games this term, collecting only 14 of their 45-point total on the road.
In fact, third-placed Stuttgart would be as low as tenth strictly on away form and last weekend’s shock 2-1 reverse at Wehen Wiesbaden, who had won just twice at home prior to Die Roten’s visit, shows the two-month break has done little to change their fortunes.
Despite this, Stuttgart are still a short price to claim maximum points but we’re predicting that their titles hopes will suffer another setback in Kiel.
Stuttgart’s only away win since September (nine outings) came against strugglers Bochum and they have also suffered defeats at relegation-threatened duo Osnabruck and Sandhausen in that time.
Holstein Kiel’s 26 league matches this season have featured 80 goals (3.07 per game) and it should come as no surprise to see that average bolstered against Stuttgart.
Holstein Kiel have yet to keep a clean sheet in 12 attempts at home this season, with both teams scoring in 11 of those games. The net has also bulged in five of Stuttgart’s last seven on the road.
However, the Storks have lost only four of their 12 home games (33 per cent) and positive results against Hamburg, Greuther Furth and Erzgebirge Aue – second, fifth and sixth respectively – show they are capable of mixing it with the second tier’s elite.
Holstein Kiel are fancied to thwart Stuttgart but their defensive frailties – six goals conceded in three games – will not make things straightforward.
Holstein Kiel have drawn five of their 12 home games this term, while Stuttgart have shared the spoils in five of their 13 away adventures. Another stalemate looks likely here.
Holstein Kiel’s home games this season have proved to be extremely competitive with only one of their 12 showdowns settled by more than a one-goal margin.
All five of their draws have finished 1-1 and punters in the market for a correct score prediction should have a small interest in a similar scenario playing out against Stuttgart, who have scored exactly once in six of their away matches.