Bundesliga Match Preview: VfB Stuttgart vs. Nurnberg

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Updated: October 24, 2013
Stuttgart

Match Date: 25 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: Mercedes Benz Arena

 

Nurnberg players will try to clinch their first victory under Gertjan Verbeek’s tutelage. But with VfB Stuttgart on the fence, the side will post a low-key ascent to the table. Stuttgart cannot afford to pass up for an opportunity to leapfrog into Bundesliga’s top five.

 

VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart were held by Hamburger SV in a 3-3 draw when they visited Imtech Arena for their ninth Bundesliga fixture. The tourney turned out to be a saga of equalizers, which saw the Lasogga-Beister-van der Vaart triad successfully cancel out Stuttgart’s innings via Maxim, Gentner, and Djouro, correspondingly. The deadlock marks Die Roten’s third even match this season, following a 1-1 draw with both Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen a few weeks ago.

 

Stuttgart had a dismal start in their Bundesliga campaign, with their first three matches all finished in appalling defeats. A massive 6-2 home victory against Hoffenheim later put a break on the team’s seemingly uninterrupted run of losses, but was still not enough to earn them enough points to place them at least in the league table’s top 10. Starting from that success, however, Thomas Schneider’s lads have since been able to eschew the assaults of their adversaries. Ten goals from their five most recent battles have been more than enough to compensate for their earlier damages. The latest league tally awarded the squad a total of 12 points, which pushed them up to their current ranking at number eight.

 

Nurnberg

Former AZ Allkmaar head honcho, Gertjan Verbeek is named as Der Club’s new manager. Verbeek’s entry is expected to help jumpstart the club’s winning streak. Nurnberg currently sit on the 16th spot of the Bundesliga table and just a notch higher before dwindling down to the relegation zone.

 

If not for the draws, Nurnberg could have already dropped into the relegation area. After nine appearances, the club continue to struggle for their first victory. The squad have drawn in six matches, while three more ended in bitter losses.

 

Although such performance can be best described as satisfactory, it could barely generate the points Nurnberg need to survive this season; and should any of the teams below them garner a considerable success, the side’s rank would be readily compromised.

 

Verbeek’s entry has its bearings. But then again, there is always the question of blending in and the squad’s ability to cope with the planned changes on the pitch.

 

Football betting tip: VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Nurnberg

Stuttgart play the strongest when playing in their own territory. Moreover, given the fact that they have a better team form than Nurnberg, the possibility of a Stuttgart victory can be raised to the maximum.

 

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