Bundesliga Match Preview: VfB Stuttgart vs. Schalke 04

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Updated: April 15, 2014
Schalke and Stuttgart

Match Date: 20 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena

 

Schalke 04 visits the Mercedes Benz Arena with high hopes of stealing the runner-up spot against Borussia Dortmund. However, the host, VfB Stuttgart will try to make an impression at home in an attempt to veer away from the relegation zone.

 

Schalke’s hopes of outranking Dortmund were partially shattered when the latter dominated Bayern Munchen in their last encounter. This gave the Borussians a 3-point lead over them. However, such lead is indeed, very much manageable.

 

On a closer look, it is really possible for the Royal Blues to finish second this season. With its remaining matches pitted against Borussia Monchengladbach, Freiburg and Nurnberg, it has higher possibilities of collecting more victories than Dortmund. The latter still needs to face the fury of equally aggressive clubs such as Mainz 05,  Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin. Giving Dortmund more problems is the fact that it still has DFB Pokal duties to attend.

 

This is why the match against Stuttgart is instrumental in their success. Should they win, they take the first step towards achieving their ambitions.

 

But like Schalke, Sttutgart is also eager in collecting victories. Its current position readily endangers its Bundesliga status. Just because they are far from the relegation zone already means that they are safe. The club is still caught in a fierce survival battle. Its fate will be determined by how they perform and how the rock bottom clubs will fare. They cannot afford to lose to Schalke, which also happens to be the top pick of sports betting sites as this might cause them to drop out of Germany’s top-flight league.

 

Prediction:  Schalke 04

 

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