Preview - Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig 16 February 19

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Feb 16, 2019, 07:48 AM Last Edit: Feb 16, 2019, 07:56 AM by Harry85
Match Day 22
Stuttgart vs. RB Leipzig
Saturday, February 16th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena

Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.81
Average goals against per match: 2.24
Top Scorer: Mario Gómez (5)

RB Leipzig:
Last five matches form: W L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.81
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (11)

Three points adrift of safety headed into Match Day 22 in the Bundesliga, Stuttgart are going to need to start picking up some points, and soon, if they are to avoid the dreaded drop. It likely won't be easy here though as this weeks visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Arena are a RB Leipzig side looking to maintain their grip on the fourth and final Champion's League spot.

RB Leipzig were relatively comfortable 2-0 winners in the reverse of this fixture, but Stuttgart did hold them to goalless draw in the game here last season.

Jan Kliment, Dennis Aogo and Timo Baumgartl are out injured for the home side, whilst Nicolás González is suspended. RB Leipzig will be without Kevin Kampl, Dayot Upamecano, Konrad Laimer and Amadou Haidara.

Stuttgart have lost five of their past six in the league, with the only point over this period coming in a draw at home to Freiburg. Manager Markus Weinzierl finds himself under mounting pressure headed into the game and could really do with a result.

Stuttgart have won only three of ten at home this season, keeping only two clean sheets and conceding two or more on six occasions.

Leipzig have been a little mixed away from home in winning four of ten. They have been good of late though winning their past two on the road, scoring seven without reply across the two games.

Stuttgart have the worst defence in the league and seem likely to be undone whether they attempt to sit back or go on the front foot with Leipzig being so ruthless on the counter. Away win.

Prediction: Stuttgart 1 - 3 RB Leipzig


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  8 - 8
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 49% - 51%

Just the one booking for each side in this one with referee Felix Zwayer taking the names of Gonzalo Castro of Stuttgart and Marcel Sabitzer of RB Leipzig.

Not much in this one at all, with there being very little to split the teams on the key stats. RB Leipzig do boast the better attacking might though and that ultimately was the difference on  the day.

Stuttgart began the game looking to get men behind the ball, but that approach took a big blow in just the sixth minute. Decent work and a fortuitous bounce or two down the left seeing the ball played across the six-yard box. The Stuttgart defence failing to deal with it and allowing Yussuf Poulsen to tap home from point blank range.

The home side were back on level terms just ten minutes later. VAR flagging up a handball in the area by Willi Orban and the referee pointing to the spot. Steven Zuber stepping up to fire into the bottom left. 1-1 at the break.

Both sides were pressing in the second half, but it was Leipzig who struck next in the 68th minute. Marcel Sabitzer lining up a free kick around twenty yards out and to the left of the D before curling a beauty into the top left corner.

Six minutes later the visitors made sure. Tyler Adams playing in Poulsen in the left channel, Poulsen driving into the area and slotting into the bottom right from around ten yards out on the left. 1-3 final score.

Solid win for Leipzig who are in decent heart at present. They stay fourth and six points clear of fifth placed Wolfsburg in the race for the Champion's League. No change for Stuttgart who remain third bottom and three points off safety.

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