Bundesliga Preview: Aggressive Hoffenheim to challenge waning Stuttgart

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Updated: August 29, 2013
Hoffenheim coach

Hoffenheim are displaying respectable performances this term, with one win and two draws capping their Bundesliga opening streak. Markus Gisdol could not be any happier, especially that his side have gone tremendous ascendancy in the League table from last season’s near-relegation placement. But will their momentum continue without wavering? Or should they take a detour when they meet Stuttgart on September 1 for their fourth appearance in the tournament?

 

Handsome Hoffenheim

Debuting in the new season with a draw with Nurnberg 2-2, Hoffenheim may have shown a decent comeback in the German top-flight league. But a decent start was all that, as the side sent victory to their sheet following an away clash against Hamburger 5-1. This marks last season’s underdogs’ biggest away win in their Bundesliga history, causing Hamburger’s coach Thorsten Fink to fall on his knees and summon his squad for a possible strategy rehab. Hoffenheim’s third battle was similarly exciting, drawing with Freiburg 3-3 in a match considered to be one of this season’s most thrilling.

 

Stuttgart are on peril

It’s a difficult season for last term’s mid-table occupants, having been ousted from the Bundesliga winners’ seat three times in a row. Bruno Labbadia has just been replaced by new coach Thomas Schneider to handle the side, in an attempt to turn their season around after Labbadia failed to shun his men away from a miserable Bundesliga start. Stuttgart opened the season with a defeat from Mainz 05 and suffered another thrashing from Bayer Leverkusen in their second stint. Not only did the side falter in the German top-tier football, but they also went off the gutter in their bid for a EUFA Europa League playoffs win. Croatian Rijeka defeated the Germans 2-1 in the jam-packed Stadion Kantrida on August 23.

 

And the silverware goes to…

Even online betting service providers and casual fans would know which of the two sides will end up superior of the other. Indeed, their last season’s form gave Stuttgart the more optimistic hope to make it big this term. But Hoffenheim turned out to be the more inspired team. That said, coach Gisdol would have another reason to celebrate his squad’s increasingly improving Bundesliga façade.
Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol | Image source: sueddeutsche.com