Preview - Stuttgart vs Hertha Berlin 13 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 13, 2018, 08:10 PM

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Stuttgart vs Hertha Berlin

Almost nine years after leaving Stuttgart for Bayern Munich, Mario Gomez has come full circle. The striker is back at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and will be aiming to help the club shake off the relegation woes.

Stuttgart have lost their last four matches, failing to score a single goal. They have never gone five Bundesliga games without scoring, which would make for an unwanted record. Can Gomez help them out on this?

Overall, nine of Stuttgart's 13 goals were scored at home, which only goes to show where their points have come from. All five of their wins have come from there too.

Hertha Berlin entered the break on the back of two wins and a draw, which included an impressive 3-2 win at RB Leipzig.
Centre-back Jordan Torunarigha is suspended after being sent off in the latter victory, while Karim Rekik is set to miss out again this weekend as he eases his way back from injury.

Hertha's Australia international forward Mathew Leckie scored his first Bundesliga goals in the reverse fixture on Matchday 1, but hasn't found the net in his last eight top-flight appearances.

Prediction: Stuttgart 2-1 Hertha Berlin


Match Stats:

  • Stuttgart 1-0 Hertha Berlin
  • Shots: 8-8
  • Possession: 48%-52%
  • Corner kicks: 4-4

Looking to end a run of four Bundesliga defeats, all without scoring, Stuttgart started well and Gomez was lively in the early stages, glancing a header just wide of the post after six minutes. Dennis Aogo also lashed an effort wildly over from a tight angle, but the better chances fell to the visitors. A superb move down the right allowed Mathew Leckie to cross low into the box where Valentino Lazaro struck the outside of the post, before Salomon Kalou almost crowned his 100th Hertha appearance with a goal. Gomez was denied a goal on his return when ruled offside, but while the Hertha defence stood firm, Stuttgart looked shaky, and Kalou blazed a header over the bar with half-time approaching.

The teams emerged from the dressing room with a spring in their step and the game quickly became stretched in the second period. Nevertheless, clear-cut chances remained at a premium, with Chadrac Akolo's sliced shot from a good position the only opportunity of note. As in the first half, Hertha were defending well, but 12 minutes from time they were undone in bizarre circumstances when Niklas Stark somehow scooped the ball over his own goalkeeper under pressure from Gomez. Thereafter it was backs to the wall for Hannes Wolf's side, but they remained solid at the back to ensure three vital points and climb, temporarily at least, to the relative safety of 12th in the table.

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