Preview - Stuttgart vs Hannover 03 March 19

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Match Day 24
Stuttgart vs. Hannover
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena

Last five matches form: L D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.83
Average goals against per match: 2.22
Top Scorer: Mario Gómez (5)

Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.87
Average goals against per match: 2.17
Top Scorer: Hendrik Weydandt, Ihlas Bebou & Bobby Wood (3)

It's a real battle of the basement boys on Match Day 24 in the Bundesliga as third bottom Stuttgart welcome second bottom Hanover to the Mercedes-Benz Arena. With Stuttgart five points off safety and Hannover two points further back, a point isn't really much good for either side in this one, and they both really ought to be going for the win. But is either side capable of picking up three points at the minute?

Hannover were comfortable 3-1 winners in the reverse of this fixture this season. The game here last year ended in a 1-1 draw.

Jan Kliment is out injured for Stuttgart for whom Nicolás González is suspended. Things look quite a bit worse for Hannover who must do without Ihlas Bebou, Niclas Füllkrug, Linton Maina, Matthias Ostrzolek, Kevin Akpoguma, Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee and Timo Hübers.

These two are in positively shocking form. Stuttgart are without a win in their past eight in the league, whilst Hannover have one win - and nine defeats - in their past 12.

Stuttgart have won three of eleven at home this season. Having failed to even score in four of their first five, they have at least improved on that front with goals in each of their last six.

Hannover have not won in their past 23 away games in the Bundesliga. Having scored one or more in 18 of those games, it is their defence which has been letting them down.

Two bad sides here. Any edge in the game belongs to Stuttgart by virtue of having fewer injuries. We will side with the home side, just.

Prediction: Stuttgart 2 - 1 Hannover


Half time: 3 - 0
Full time: 5 - 1
Shots:  14 - 3
Shots on target: 8 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 0
Possession: 51% - 49%

Two bookings apiece at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Referee Bastian Dankert taking the names of Alexander Esswein and Steven Zuber of Stuttgart and Oliver Sorg and Marvin Bakalorz of Hanover.

Stuttgart were certainly ruthless with their chances, but this wasn't far off being as dominant a display as the score-line would suggest, with possession being the only area in which Hannover really came close to their hosts.

The opener arrived in just the fourth minute. A simple through ball from Steven Zuber finding Mario Gomez in acres of space down the middle. The big frontman finishing into the bottom right from just inside the area.

12 minutes later it was two. Gonzalo Castro sending in a corner from the right and Ozan Kabak heading down and in to the left-hand side from around eight yards out in a central area. A first career goal for Kabak. He didn't have to wait long for his second…

Another Castro corner on the stroke of half-time, this time from the left-hand side. Kabak again meeting the ball around eight yards out and powering a header into the right of centre. 3-0 at the break.

Hannover did briefly have some hope when pulling one back in the 68th minute. Genki Haraguchi played in down the right and sending a good cross into the area. Jonathas meeting it around seven yards from goal to head into the left-hand side.

Just three minutes later though the home side scored again. Yet another corner. This time being headed clear to the edge of the area. Steven Zuber's strike at goal taking a huge deflection to loop up and over keeper Michael Esser and in.

The scoring was then completed in the 81st minute. Hannover getting themselves in all sorts of trouble just outside their box in the right corner. Christian Gentner nicking it, racing into the box and laying back for Zuber to slot home from around eight yards out on the right. 5-1 final score.

Stuttgart really needed to win this in order to kick-start their survival bid, and it cant hurt that they did so in such style. They remain third bottom but are now only two points off safety. Hannover are seven adrift of survival and looking in dire straits.

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