Stuttgart vs Hamburger SV Preview
The Bundesliga Relegation playoff between Stuttgart and Hamburger is about to held on today night at Mercedes Benz Arena for the first leg.
The Hosts are fighting to maintain their top flights for next season, while the visitors are hoping to return to the top tier league after five years.
Sebastian Hoeneb stay in the Bundesliga top tier league is at the risk despite getting five points in the last three final matches of the season.
Their last three matches has two draws and one victory, with 1-1 tie against Bayer Leverkusen on 14th may 2023, followed by a big victory against Mainz 05 with 4-1 and a draw against the match with Hoffenheim on the 27th may of the league season. Mainz even though had victory over Monchengladbach with 4-0, they lost against Stuttgart.
They are in the position of sixteenth position with one point in the safe zone, the relegation play off position. The Bundesliga side clubs in the relegation playoff have a chance as the top tier club have retained their status in 18 of the last 24 seasons, which bodies wlee for Stuttgart ahead of Thursday’s first leg.
On the Other hand, Hamburg missed an advancement in the top tier table, and have been consigned to the playoff for a second successive year despite having a win against Sandhausen on the last weekend meetings.
On a dramatic final day in the second tier, Hamburger supporters were on the pitch celebrating at full time after learning that Heidenheim were trailing 2-1 heading into stoppage time in their final match against Jahn Regensburg.
Team News and injury
Stuttgart are set to be without defender Dan-Axel Zagadou as he continues to recover from a head injury, while forward Thomas Kastanaras remains out with a broken foot.
Borna Sosa recovered from illness to start and play the full 90 minutes last weekend, and the creative Croatia international, who has provided seven assists so far this season, is set to continue at left wing-back, with Josha Vagnoman set to operate on the opposite flank.
Top scorer Serhou Guirassy, who has found the net four times in his last six games, is expected to lead the line, with support provided in attack by Silas Katompa Mvumpa and Chris Fuhrich.
As for Hamburger, left-back Noah Katterbach remains sidelined with ankle ligament damage, while defender Mario Vuskovic is serving a two-year ban from football for doping.
However, the visitors are able to welcome back Bakery Jatta and Ludovit Reis from one-match suspensions, and Reis could return to the first XI at the expense of either Sonny Kittel or Jean-Luc Dompe, the latter of whom scored the only goal in last weekend’s win over Sandhausen, though.
Head to head stats
The two teams have a long-standing rivalry, meeting 117 times across ompetitions since 1937. Stuttgart lead 47-46. They last met in the 2. Bundesliga in 2020, where Stuttgart won 3-2.
Stuttgart are unbeaten in five home meetings against Hamburg, winning four. Hamburg had the best-attacking record in the 2. Bundesliga this season, scoring 70 goals in 34 games.
Stuttgart have just one win in seven home games this season. After going winless in six away games, the visitors have won their last two.
Stuttgart vs Hamburg Prediction
Die Roten have been not performing in recent home outings, winning once in last few months. They are in unbeaten in their last five home meetings against Hamsburg and have lost five games against them in this last encounters.
Stuttgart are unbeaten in their last three encounters in home away grounds. Hamburg on the other hand ended the league with three consecutive wins, outscoring their opponents 8-2 interestingly, five of their eight defeats.
Hamsburgs are being getting to better form against their rivals, only their home record is bothering one. It could go on both sides as the clubs have advantage on differenct aspects.