VfB Stuttgart vs Union Berlin predictions, betting tips and match preview for tonight’s German play-off first leg match. The final Bundesliga place for next season will be decided between 16th place finishers Stuttgart and Bundesliga 2 third placed finishes Union Berlin. See our predictions and betting tips below.
Kick-off time: 7.30pm
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This first leg will be vital for the Bundesliga side and they’ll want to get a lead before the return in Berlin on Monday. They finished the season well at home, winning their last two matches and they only lost once in their last six home matches. Their interim boss Nico Willig will be desperate to ensure that he doesn’t take his side down to Bundesliga 2. It has been a really poor season for Stuttgart after they just missed out on qualifying for the Europa League last season, they are now starring relegation in the face.
Union Berlin just missed out on antomatic promotion and they’ll hope that doesn’t hinder their chances here. Manager Urs Fischer will need to pick his players up off the floor after they missed out on promotion on goal difference. We’re betting on his side scoring tonight, but in a narrow loss. They’ve found the net in right of their last nine away matches which is a good stat for our first prediction.
The odds for Stuttgart to win this one 2-1 are 15/2 with Coral and that’s the second prediction for this match. A first leg lead will be important for the Bundesliga side and they’ll want to keep their good run going under their temporary boss.
Union Berlin will want to go back to their home stadium with a chance and just a 2-1 loss would give them exactly that ahead of the second leg. They have only won one of their last six matches away from home and it is that form that cost them an automatic promotion spot, missing out to Paderborn on goal difference.
Stuttgart to win – 5/6
Draw – 9/4
Union Berlin to win – 13/4
What will you be betting on tonight? The odds for Stuttgart look about right but we’re only expecting a narrow victory, so you could be in for a rough night if the home side are in your bets. Elsewhere, we think both teams to score is a good bet and the odds for that are 19/20 with Coral. It’s certainly one to consider for BTTS tip won last week at 7/1.
The home side are hoping Ozan Kabak will be able to take his place in the defence tonight but Steven Zuber and Santiago Ascacibar will both be absent. Veteran Germany striker Mario Gomez is their current top goalscorer this season with seven goals but he doesn’t always start matches, however his experience could be important in a match as big as this one. He’s only found the net once in his last 10 appearances though.
Fabian Schonheim is the only player that will definitely be missing from the Union Berlin starting line-up tonight. Top goalscorer Sebastian Anderson will be tasked with getting the goals for the visitors tonight, he has 12 in the league so far this season and two in his last six matches.
These sides have only ever met twice and that was when Stuttgart were last in the Bundesliga 2 in the 2016/17 season. Stuttgart won the home match 3-1 and the game in Berlin was a 1-1 draw.
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