Bundesliga Match Preview: Stuttgart vs. Mainz

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Updated: January 20, 2014
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion

Match Date: 25 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion

 

Stuttgart

As a mid-table club, Stuttgart spent a good portion of their campaign struggling with inconsistency. To date, they have only won five times, earned a deadlock four times, and were beaten seven times. An unreliable defense is another problem that the side are not that too keen to fix, as seen clearly in their negative goal difference. Nevertheless, Die Roten are resilient enough to rise from every plummet and them falling out of Bundesliga by the end of the season does not seem likely. A strong set of counter-attacking skills will be their best bullet to continue playing in the German top-tier football.

 

Mainz

Mainz finished their midseason finale with a stunning away win over Hamburg 2-3. The success could be enough to give them substantial confidence to start 2014 with a blast. The triumph also came behind of back-to-back draws with Nurnberg and M’gladbach and further backwards, a defeat from Borussia Dortmund. The side have so far already amassed 24 points from seven wins and three draws.

 

Stealing the ball from their opposition remains to be Mainz’s best skill in the pitch, alongside creating scoring chances. They are fond of attacking through the middle and taking a lot of shots. However, they need extra precaution when dealing with dangerous areas as they often commit errors in these fields.

 

Online betting tip: Stuttgart and Mainz are ranked side by side in the league table, and both are periled by some issues in their defense. In this meeting, expect a spree of equalizers to come from either of the teams.

 

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