Stuttgart comes from a goalless game away to Schalke, but the truth is that they were better and deserved more out of that clash.
The side obviously upped the form in the recent weeks and should be ready for the biggest challenge this season, since they couldn’t reach completely safe zone staying behind Augsburg with four points less.
Union Berlin had a great chance to win the direct promotion, as the side needed a three-pointer away to Bochum thanks to Paderborn’s loss, but couldn’t deliver it in the end.
They stood behind with two goals, were playing with a man more in the last twenty minutes, but weren’t able to make that extra push in the last moments and the game ended 2:2. This way they remained on the third position, with weaker goal difference in comparison to Paderborn and a point more than fourth Hamburger SV.
Defender Beck (24/0) is injured for the hosts, while doubtful are midfielders Thommy (19/1) and Zuber (13/5) with midfielder Ascacibar (27/0) being still suspended. The guests have no fresh injury worries for this one.
The class difference in these playoffs is usually strongly on the side of Bundesliga teams, this time should be no different. Stuttgart looked pretty well in their recent home matches (against Gladbach and Wolfsburg), meanwhile, Union Berlin is known for their poor reputation on the road and couldn’t handle far easier opponents all season long.
Stuttgart surely knows that their strength and chance lies with the home clash already. A proper advantage for them is expected from the first leg, at least for me.
Tvmoca propose : VfB Stuttgart to Win