Two fallen giants meet in a Bundesliga 2 match and it’s Stuttgart who can enhance their promotion claims by beating Hamburg in a crunch clash in the battle to get back into the German top flight.
Stuttgart have struggled on their travels but the same cannot be said at home.
Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team have picked up 31 points from a possible 39 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and are likely to stay in the winning groove after claiming victories in six of their last seven at home.
The last time Stuttgart lost a home league game was eight matches ago against Holstein Kiel back in October 2019 and they have become something of the great entertainers – in 13 home games this season there have been nine games producing at least three goals.
That suggests another high-scoring clash with Hamburg, particularly with Stuttgart forward Nicolas Gonzalez in good form.
The penalty-taking Argentine is Stuttgart’s top scorer with eight goals in Bundesliga 2 and also found the net in both appearances against Hamburg this season (League and Cup).
Dieter Hecking’s visitors thumped their promotion rivals Stuttgart 6-2 at the Volksparkstadion earlier in the campaign but have only taken 17 out of a possible 42 points away from home this season, and have not tasted victory in their last four visits to the Mercedes-Benz Arena (three defeats and one draw).
Hamburg have also struggled for clean sheets on their travels, keeping just one in the league this season and that was in their first road game against Nürnberg.
However, on the plus side Hamburg have notched in ten of their last 11 away encounters which points us towards a bet on Stuttgart to win with both teams scoring.
The reverse fixture back in October saw eight goals in a thrilling encounter and another goal-fest could be on the cards.
Stuttgart found the back of the net twice in the second half against Holstein Kiel at the weekend despite having midfielder Daniel Didavi sent off just before half-time and have now scored in their last 13 league games.
We feel Stuttgart will be going all out for the win to get their promotion charge back on track and that will ensure a high-scoring contest with 3-1 the best correct-score option.
Stuttgart have scored exactly three goals in five of their last seven home league games and Hamburg have failed to score in only two of their away trips in Bundesliga 2 this season.